Yesterday's snow cover area in the Pyrenees

Olivier pointed to me that ESA's ground segment, PEPS and MUSCATE were all in really good shape today... And the sky was clear yesterday at the time of the Sentinel-2A acquisition!

So I could download the Level-2A product from theia.cnes.fr, run our let-it-snow processor, start QGIS and here it is: the map of yesterday's snow cover area at 20 m resolution. If you know the region, you might notice that there is currently a big contrast in the snow cover extent between the French and the Spanish Pyrenees. This is due to the blocking of the moist air masses coming from the north.

Snow cover area on 22 Nov 2017. blue: snow, grey: no snow, white: cloud.

Stay tuned! Theia should start to distribute these Sentinel-2 snow products in near real time very soon.

L'Antarctique de nouveau sous l'œil de Sentinel-2

Après un hiver pleins de rebondissements en Antarctique, j'avais écris "il est temps que la luminosité revienne pour que les acquisitions Sentinel-2 redémarrent !".

Ça y est ! Le paysage qui se découvre petit-à-petit sous l’œil de Sentinel-2 est toujours aussi somptueux et pleins de surprises. Par exemple, la première image claire de la langue flottante du glacier de l'Île du Pin montre l'iceberg géant qui s'est décroché en septembre. Nous avions suivi l'évolution de la fissure à l'origine de ce détachement l'été dernier avec Sentinel-2. En zoomant, on peut apercevoir le bleu éclatant de la glace comprimée d'un iceberg renversé. Ce mini iceberg couvre quand même une surface équivalente à 20 terrains de football.


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Le bulletin Theia est sorti !

De la part de Sophie Ayoubi, chargée de la communication de Theia

Le 8ème numéro du bulletin du pôle de données et de services surfaces continentales Theia vient de paraître.

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MUSCATE news : 50000 L2A products from Sentinel-2A and 2B

Since it became operationnal in December last year, MUSCATE has produced 50 000 level 2A products from Sentinel-2A. Let's recall what has been processed so far :
  • For 550 tiles, we have processed all Sentinel-2A data acquired since December 2015.
  • For 100 tiles, mainly in South America, and in Italy, we have processed all Sentinel-2A data from December 2016. We are currently catching up the backlog for Italy, and later on, for South American sites.
  • For all these 650 tiles, we are producing all Sentinel-2 data (Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2B) in near real time. I think THEIA is the only place where you can download Sentinel-2B L2A data so far. ESA has not started that production yet (nah, nah, nah :) )
  • For all these 650 tiles, we have processed all Sentinel-2B data since beginning of October 2017. We will soon catch-up with the Sentinel-2B data acquired from July 2017.

 

 

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Map of the 650 tiles currently processed in near real time (in red). The blue tiles will be added beginning of next year.

 

All these products are available from https://theia.cnes.fr

 

Let's recall that MUSCATE uses the MAJA L2A processor, which uses multi-temporal criteria to perform a high quality cloud detection and atmospheric correction. Despite the recent installation of version 2.4, MUSCATE still regularly suffers from instability as soon as CNES High Performance Computer is overloaded. The problem does not lie in MAJA, but in the information exchanges between all the components of MUSCATE which need to respect an accurate timing (sorry, I am not able to explain better).

 

The exploitation team just installed a new version of MUSCATE (v 2.4.16.p2 (!)), which is expected to increase stability. But that's the theory, let's see if it works in the coming days and if we are able to increase our production rate.

 

 

Evolution of the snow cover area in the Pyrenees from MODIS

The Cesbio contributes to the Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory (OPCC) through the analysis of the snow cover evolution using satellite imagery. We are working on three remote sensing products in the framework of the CLIM'PY project:

    1. Daily cloud-free maps of the snow cover area in the Pyrenees at 500 m resolution since 2000 from MODIS [1];
    2. Maps of the snow cover area in the Pyrenees at 20 m and 30 m resolution since 2013 from Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 [2];
    3. Maps of the annual peak snow depth in the Bassiès-Vicdessos region at 4 m resolution since 2015 (i.e., one map per year) from Pléiades stereo imagery [3].

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La mission Sentinel-2 va vraiment bientôt fournir des données tous les 5 jours, partout !

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Mise à jour : L'ESA progresse rapidement, les acquisitions de toutes les terres ayant défilé sous S2B étaient disponibles sur PEPS le 12 Novembre.

 

La mission Sentinel-2, qui se compose de deux satellites jumeaux, S2A et S2B, a été déclarée opérationnelle par l'ESA au début du mois d'Octobre, même si chacun des satellites n'observait en fait que sur une orbite sur deux, sauf en Europe et en Afrique. Résultat, la répétitivité de 5 jours n'était disponible que sur ces deux continents, et passait à 10 jours ailleurs. Heureusement, dans le dernier Sentinel-2 mission status report, l'ESA a annoncé cette excellente nouvelle :

 

Sentinel-2A et -2B observent ensemble l'Europe, l'Afrique et le Groenland avec une répétitivité de 5 jours. Le reste du monde est observé tous les 10 jours. L'observation complète et systématique de toutes les terres tous les 5 jours sera obtenue quand la liaison EDRS deviendra opérationnelle. Ceci est attendu pour décembre 2017 à la fois pour S2A et S2B.

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Sentinel-2 mission close to start observing all lands every 5th day, really !

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Update : ESA is progressing fast. All lands overflown by Sentinel-2B were available in PEPS on November 12th, thanks to EDRS relay satellites.

The Sentinel-2 mission, made of two twin satellites S2A and S2B, has been stated "operational" since beginning of October, even if each satellite was only observing on one orbit out of two everywhere except in Europe and Africa. As a result, the 5 days revisit was only available in these two continents.  But in the new Sentinel-2 mission status report, ESA announced this very good piece of news :

Sentinel-2A and -2B are together acquiring Europe, Africa and Greenland with 5 days revisit. The rest of the World is revisited every 10 days jointly by the two satellites. Full systematic 5-day revisit everywhere will be reached once EDRS downlink becomes available operationally, assumed during December 2017 for both S2A and S2B.

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