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New release of Sen2Cor 2.5.5 is available

Dear Users,

we are pleased to provide Sen2Cor Release 2.5.5 under: http://step.esa.int/main/third-party-plugins-2/sen2cor/
Stand-alone installers for the three operating systems Linux, Windows and macOS are now available. All three versions require a 64-bit platform.

Note, that a product format change has been applied to the data products:

  • The naming logic of the files embedded in the L2A product package has been harmonised with that of the L1C product
  • The Metadata files (Product, Datastrip, and Tile levels) have been harmonised in structure and contents with that of the L1C

Regarding the algorithm, the main improvements of the Sen2Cor 2.5.5 processor compared to previous version 2.4.0 are:

  • Improvement of cloud screening and scene classification
  • Visibility iteration extended from 80 to 120 km
  • Exclusion of cloud shadow pixels for Water Vapour retrieval
  • Improved aerosol optical thickness retrieval

The Sen2Cor SNAP adapter (plugin version 6.0.1) is working with Sen2Cor 2.4.0. The adapter will be updated soon and a new plugin update version will be published.

For any further details, including installation step, and an overview on the evolutionary upgrades applied to Sen2Cor 2.5.5, please read the release notes which are provided under: http://step.esa.int/main/third-party-plugins-2/sen2cor/

With best regards,

Sen2Cor Development Team

OGC Announces Earth Observation Exploitation Platform Hackathon 2018

Dear users,

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), together with the European Space Agency (ESA), and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is organizing the Earth Observation (EO) Cloud Processing Hackathon. This Hackathon provides a business opportunity for stakeholders to experiment with the latest results from Testbed-13 in the context of ESA’s Earth Observation (EO) Exploitation Platforms.

The Hackathon will run from March to May 2018, with a Clarification Webinar for prospective participants on February 19. A Kickoff Workshop at OGC’s Technical and Planning Committee Meeting in Orléans, France (attendable remotely) will mark the beginning of the Hackathon.

Organizers will provide the Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP) Software Toolbox together with a pre-defined workflow packaged in a Docker container. Thus, Hackathon participants can use the Docker container “as is” and do not need to modify the container or the application. The SNAP workflow in that Docker container requires two types of data: Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data and Sentinel-1 data. Both will be made available to the participants as cloud resources.

During the Demonstration Meeting, participants will have the opportunity to visit the ESA Operations Centre in Darmstadt (Germany), including the Main Control Room.

The master schedule of the event, together with other details and clarifications, can be found on the official page of the event: http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/eocloudhack.

The press release of the event can be found here: http://www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/2734

SNAP 6.0 released

The SNAP development team is pleased to announce a new SNAP release.

The different installers for the supported platforms can be downloaded.
Besides bug fixes and improvements, several new features are waiting for you. For example

SNAP

  • Improvements to the GPT memory configuration
  • Progress is now provided on the command line
  • Problem of keyboard stops working with SNAP 5.0 has been solved
  • Merge operator supports specifying exclusions
  • Plotting of metadata values is supported
  • Module updates are now correctly considered by snappy
  • Allow the export of pins to Google Earth KMZ format

A comprehensive list of all issues resolved can be found in our issue tracking system

Sentinel-1 Toolbox

  • Integrate into the Product Library integration with SciHub
  • Add option to terrain correction to use a standard grid across images
  • Support for ALOS on-demand products from ESA IPF
  • Topo Phase Removal handles multiple slave images correctly
  • DEM is oversampled in Terrain Flattening
  • Error in Interferogram with TSX/TDX CoSSC data
  • RSTB output Polarisation Orientation Angle

A comprehensive list of all issues resolved can be found in our issue tracking system

Sentinel-2 Toolbox

  • Read detector footprint masks per detector
  • Support for ZIP inputs
  • Sentinel-2B product support
  • New Segmentation processor
  • New Multi-size mosaic processor
  • New S2 Resampler processor
  • Enhancement of the Sen2Cor configuration

A comprehensive list of all issues resolved can be found in our issue tracking system

Sentinel-3 Toolbox

  • Integrated C2RCC processor
  • Support rayleigh correction for S2-MSI
  • Support Rad2Refl for SLSTR
  • Support Landsat data from dataset ‘Collection 1’
  • FU Classification extended for S2-MSI, MODIS500 and CZCS

A comprehensive list of all issues resolved can be found in our issue tracking system

For more information about changes made for this release please have a look at the release notes of the different projects: SNAP, S1TBX, S2TBX, S3TBX, SMOS Box, PROBA-V Toolbox

Enjoy the new release
The SNAP Team

New release of SNAPHU 1.4.2 is available

SNAPHU is releasing the new version 1.4.2 available to be downloaded from here. The news of this version is the provide of the installer file.
Two-dimensional phase unwrapping is the process of recovering unambiguous phase data from a 2-D array of phase values known only modulo 2pi rad. SNAPHU is an implementation of the Statistical-cost, Network-flow Algorithm for Phase Unwrapping proposed by Chen and Zebker.

Enjoy!

3rd EO Open Science Conference, 25–28 September 2017

Dear users,

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organizing the 3d consultation meeting of EO Open Science in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on 25–28 September 2017 to explore new challenges and opportunities for EO research created by the rapid advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). This includes open tools and software, data-intensive science, virtual research environment, citizen science and crowdsourcing, advanced visualization, e-learning and education of the new generation of EO and Data scientists. The conference is presenting activities in EO Open Science and Innovation and develop a Roadmap for future ESA exploitation activities under the EO Science for society programme. Please find more details on the official website http://eoopenscience.esa.int/. You can follow the live stream here.

7th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing, 4-9 September 2017

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) organised an Advanced Land Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO missions (e.g. the Sentinels) for science and applications development.

A total of 78 post graduate-level, PhD students, post doctoral research scientists and users from Europe, Canada and from other continents attended the 6-day course, which was held at Szent István University (SZIU), Hungary, from 4 to 9 September 2017.

Objectives
The Advanced Land Training Course aimed at:
Training the next generation of European and Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs)
Explaining theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in applications
Introducing tools and methods for the exploitation of EO sateliite data, in particular the Sentinels
Stimulating and supporting the exploitation of ESA EO and Third Party Mission data for land remote sensing science and applications.

Please find more details on the official website http://eoscience.esa.int/landtraining2017/.

New release of Sen2Three 1.1.0 is available

Sen2Three is releasing the new version 1.1.0 available to be downloaded from here.

Changes of release 1.1: Compatibility with PSD version 14.2 and Sentinel 2B products

  • Sen2Three supports now the “safe compact” format which was introduced with PSD version 14.2 in parallel to the safe standard format as it was used up to PSD version 13.1. Sen2Three will detect the format automatically when reading a product. No configuration changes are necessary. The Level 3 output will always be generated in the PSD version 14.2 compatible safe compact format.
  • If Sen2Three is detecting a version 13.1 formatted Level 2a input product, it will convert it first into a version 14.2 compatible safe compact Level 3 product and processes it afterwards. This allows a mixed input of Version 13.1 and 14.2 Level 2a products in the same directory at the same time.
  • Sen2Three now also supports the processing of Sentinel 2B Level 2a input products and is compatible to Sen2Cor Version 2.4.0.

For any questions about the installation or usage of Sen2Three, please follow the STEP forum areas dedicated to Sen2Three:
http://forum.step.esa.int/c/s2tbx/sen2three.

Enjoy!

New release of Sen2Cor 2.4.0 is available

Dear Users,

we are pleased to provide Sen2Cor Release 2.4.0 under:
http://step.esa.int/main/third-party-plugins-2/sen2cor/

Due to the numerous installation problems which have been reported in the past, which are mostly related to evolutionary shifts between the different Sen2Cor releases and its Anaconda runtime environment and/or its associated tools, we have now developed a series of stand-alone installers for the three operating systems Linux, Windows and macOS. All three versions require a 64-bit platform.

After download and installation, these packages will work fully autonomously, isolated, and do not need any further installation of Anaconda, GDAL, OpenJPEG or any other python packages.

Although this is the first official release of the standalone installers, we strongly recommend testing these simplified installation first, as it will prominently reduce the installation
overhead in contrast to a full Anaconda installation, especially as changes in the interfaces of anaconda packages might occur after the release of a Sen2Cor version.

For a short introduction of how to install the stand-alone versions of Sen2Cor, read the following thread in the ESA STEP Forum: http://forum.step.esa.int/t/sen2cor-2-4-0-stand-alone-installers-how-to-install/6908

If you observe any issues during installation or usage of the standalone installers, please reply to this thread, with an explicit information on which operating system the issue occurred. Please, do not open a new thread, as it will be difficult for us to track the problems, if multiple threads with the same topics exist.

For a collection on recent issues with the Sen2Cor2.4.0 Anaconda Version, please use this thread: http://forum.step.esa.int/t/sen2cor-2-4-0-anaconda-based-version-recent-issues/6909

with an explicit information on which operating system the issue occurred. Please, do not open a new thread, as it will be difficult for us to track the problems, if multiple threads with the same topics exist.

For any further details and an overview on the evolutionary upgrades and corrective maintenance fixes applied to Sen2Cor 2.4.0, please read section 3.1.1 of the release notes which are provided under: http://step.esa.int/main/third-party-plugins-2/sen2cor/

With best regards,
Sen2Cor Development Team

SNAP 6.0 beta now available for testing

The SNAP development team is pleased to announce a beta SNAP release.

Please note that this SNAP 6.0 beta release is not fully tested, but it contains new features and fixes to many issues found in SNAP 5.0. The SNAP 6.0 beta release is provided “as is” and is not supported and you are installing and testing it at your own risk. We are interested in your feedback and bug reports, and intend to fix the reported bugs in the SNAP 6.0 official version.

This beta release will be followed by the release of the official version of SNAP 6.0 soon.

The different installers for the supported platforms can be downloaded.
Beside bug fixes and improvements, several new features are waiting for you in SNAP 6.0 beta. For example:

SNAP

  • GPT memory configuration
  • Provide progress on the command line
  • Add AAFC 2014-2016 land cover
  • Implement exclude for Merge operator
  • Support plotting of metadata values
  • Export of pins to Google Earth KMZ format

S1TBX

  • Integrate into the Product Library integration with SciHub
  • Add option to terrain correction to use a standard grid across images
  • Support for ALOS on demand products from ESA IPF
  • Topo Phase Removal handles multiple slave images correctly
  • DEM is oversampled in Terrain Flattening
  • Error in Interferogram with TSX/TDX CoSSC data
  • RSTB output Polarisation Orientation Angle

S2TBX

  • Sentinel-2 Product Reader: Read detector footprint masks per detector, Support for ZIP inputs, Sentinel-2B products support
  • Segmentation processor
  • Multi-size mosaic processor
  • Sen2Cor tool adapter: Advanced configuration, download and installation from SNAP

S3TBX

  • C2RCC processor
  • Support Rayleigh Correction of S2-MSI
  • Support Rad2Refl for SLSTR
  • Support Landsat data from dataset ‘Collection 1’
  • FU Classification extended for S2-MSI, MODIS500 and CZCS

For more information about changes made for this release please have a look at the release notes of the different projects: SNAP, S1TBX, S2TBX, S3TBX.

Please provide your feedback for this beta release by using the forum SNAP 6 beta issues category.

Enoy the beta release
The SNAP Team

STEP Forum not available today, 7th of June, 2017 from 8 PM UTC to 10 PM UTC

Dear STEP users,

For scheduled maintenance tasks, the STEP forum (http://forum.step.esa.int) will not be accessible today, 7th of June, 2017, from 8:00 PM UTC to 10:00 PM UTC. We are sorry for any inconvenience and we hope that the forum site will be available again, shorter then we planned. Thank you for your understanding.

The STEP team.