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STEP Forum live again, but some DNS changes may take awhile

Dear STEP Users,

The Forum is live again. It can be accessed at the following address: https://forum.step.esa.int.

Please note that some DNS changes operated today may take awhile to be applied for everyone. The read-only copy of the forum will be accessible in the following days, until the changes are applied. If the forum is NOT read-only, it means it is pointing to the latest version of the forum, and the DNS changes were applied on your computer.
We are still working on some areas of the forum, so you may notice small issues. You can help us by describing the encountered issue in the meta category of the forum (https://forum.step.esa.int/c/meta).

We are continuously working on improving our platform, to offer the best experience.

The STEP Team.

STEP Forum read-only on 22nd of May, 2017, between 5 AM UTC and 15 PM UTC

Dear STEP Users,

Please be informed that the STEP forum will be read-only tomorrow, 22nd of May, 2017, between 5 AM UTC and 15 PM UTC. This means the forum will be able to display posts, but not to save new posts or other actions. This operation is part of periodic administration operations, and has the scope of assuring and improving the accessibility and responsiveness of the STEP platform (including the public website and the forum).

We are working as fast as possible to reopen the forum. A new post will inform when the operation will complete.

We are sorry for any possible inconvenience and we are continuously working to improve our services.
Thank you for your understanding.

The STEP Team.

LE: The forum is live again, but some DNS changes will not take effect right away and for everybody in the same time. Please note that, if the forum that you see is read-only, you are seeing a backup of the forum. It may help to clear the browser cache. Otherwise, try again in a few hours.

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

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 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

New survey: SNAP usage in operational context

The SNAP development team is valuing user’s opinions. That’s way we invite the community to take a survey, available here, with the intention to identify any technological gaps when using SNAP in operational contexts. Please note, the more specific and detailed your feedback is, the better we can imagine, plan, specify what need to be developed in the future!

New release of Sen2Cor is available (version 2.3.0)

Sen2Cor is releasing the new version 2.3.0 available to be downloaded from here. The new features of this release include:

  • Support of PSD both current PSD 13.1 and future PSD 14.2;
  • Improvement of blue path radiance calculation (reducing the tiling effect on large areas);
  • New Quality Indicator for cloud coverage percentage;
  • Improved up- and downsampling routines;
  • Several bugs fixed (e.g. DEM artifacts).

More details about the features and fixes and about the older versions can be found in the release note.
The installation procedure available in the user manual should be followed.
For any questions about the installation or usage of Sen2Cor, please follow the STEP forum area dedicated to Sen2Cor: http://forum.step.esa.int/c/s2tbx/sen2cor.

Enjoy!

SNAP 5.0 released

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

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

SNAP

  • The SNAP development concentrated in this release on bug fixes and improvements.

Sentinel-1 Toolbox

  • Backgeocoding can handle multiple slave images
  • Kompsat-5 reader
  • StaMPS export
  • S1B orbit files handled
  • Fast individual downloads of orbit files from archive and QC website
  • Ship detection, windfields, oilspill detection export as shape vectors

Sentinel-2 Toolbox

  • Support for PSD 14 Test product
  • New RGB Profiles
  • Tile Index Band
  • Reflectance to Radiance Processor
  • Sentinel-2 Water Processor – MCI
  • Sen2Three processor integrated via the Standalone Tools Adapter

Sentinel-3 Toolbox

  • AATSR Regridding Tool
  • Rayleigh Correction Processor for OLCI and MERIS
  • OWT Processor
  • FUB Processor
  • IDEPIX extended for more sensors

SMOS-BOX

  • Update DDDB to support schema version 7.3.0 formatted files

PROBA-V Toolbox

  • Introduced the PROBA-V Toolbox
  • Contains the PROBA-V reader for L2A and L3 synthesis

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