Earth Observation Mission News
Copernicus Sentinel-3 provides added capability in land monitoring
28 February 2019
With two sensors now in orbit, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites could monitor some parts of the world almost daily. This capability could be crucial in monitoring rapidly developing events such as biotic/abiotic stress on crops and provide accurate and timely information from farmers to policy-makers, to develop appropriate mitigation strategies.
Launched on 16 February 2016, with its twin Sentinel-3B following on 25 April 2018, the Sentinel-3 satellites of the European Union's Copernicus programme carry a suite of cutting-edge instruments, systematically measuring Earth's oceans, land, ice and atmosphere to monitor and understand large-scale global dynamics. They provide essential information in near-real time for ocean and weather forecasting as well as terrestrial vegetation state.
Image credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018)/processed by University of Southampton - Copernicus Sentinel-3 shows chlorophyll index