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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

Sentinel-3 OLCI L1b data publicly available

Today ESA and EUMETSAT announced availability of Sentinel-3 OLCI L1b data from now on. All data acquired onwards will arrive in near-real time at the Sentinel Data Hub (ESA) and the Earth Observation Portal (EUMETSAT). Data collected during Commissioning Phase will be reprocessed and will be made available later.

Please be aware that you currently have to use a special login to the Sentinel Data Hub. The usual login doesn’t work. The credentials are shown on the login screen when you follow the link above.

A more exhaustive news article can be found on this ESA Sentinel-3 page.

We are very happy that the OLCI data is now available and we are keen to exploit its capacity. Probably you are too.

Forthcoming Sentinel-2 L1C product evolution in Autumn 2016

By early September 2016, Sentinel-2 Level-1C products will start being distributed on the Sentinels Data Hubs in single-tile packages following the current product format and naming convention (PSD 13.1). This new packaging does not impose changes on downstream software applications compatible with the current PSD 13.1 product format.

Furthermore, by the end of October 2016, a new product format will be introduced.

This new format features the following main evolutions:

  • The product naming (including the naming of folders and files inside the product structure) has been compacted to overcome the 256 characters limitation on pathnames imposed by the Windows platforms.
  • The products distributed on the Sentinels Data Hub will embed one single tile of the tiling grid (as opposed to a set of tiles).
  • A full resolution True-Colour Image (TCI) will be included in every product as a separate RGB composite image (in JPEG2000 format) and will be placed inside the Tile folder together with the original spectral band images.

This updated product format is described in detail in the Sentinel-2 Products Specification Document (PSD) (version 14.0). Change bars on the document highlight every single change made on the document with respect to the previous version (13.1).

Users are reminded that the PSD defines the generic format of Sentinel-2 products that includes several packaging/formatting options. In that respect, it is highlighted that the specific product format that will correspond to the Level-1C product published on the Data Hub will combine the features of both the “Compact Naming Convention” and the “Complete Single Tile” options described in the PSD.

The corresponding XSD schemas and test data in PSD 14.0 will be made available by mid September.

More details about the actual product format and naming convention and other Sentinel-2 related information, please see the dedicated website https://sentinel.esa.int.

SNAP 4.0 now available

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

  • Supervised Classification – Random Forest, KNN, Maximum Likelihood, Minimum Distance

S1TBX

  • Support for S1B
  • Correction to precise orbits which caused phase jumps
  • Integer interferogram combination
  • Double different interferogram within the burst overlap
  • Added new SeaSat reader

S2TBX

  • Only multi-size product reading for L1C MSI data
  • Reflectance values are now scaled for L1C MSI data
  • Several reader optimisation
  • New L2B Biophysical processors
  • Integrated IdePix Processor for L1C MSI data
  • New Radiometric Indices Processor

S3TBX

  • New colour classification based on the Forel–Ule scale
  • Sentinel-3 Reader have been improved according to errors and format changes
  • Performance of radiance-to-reflectance conversion has been improved

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
Enjoy the new release
The SNAP Team

2nd EO Open Science Conference, 12-14 Sep 2016

Dear SNAP-Users,

we would like to draw your attention to the next ESA EO Open Science Conference.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organizing the second Earth Observation Open Science community consultation at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on 12-14 Sep 2016 to explore the new challenges and opportunities for EO research created by the rapid developments in digital technologies. The programme includes great keynotes, jam and networking sessions.

Please submit your abstract before 30.05.2016 at http://eoopenscience.org and promote on your social networks. Contact: eoopenscience@esa.int