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Sentinel-2 cloudless mosaic: the first global (almost) cloud-free view of the planet

22 September 2017

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About 70 per cent of the Earth's surface is covered by clouds any given day. Imagery obtained by satellite sensors operating in the visible light range is constantly constrained by clouds blocking the view of the surface of the Earth and shadows obscuring or distorting features on the ground.

These shadows and clouds can often ruin the acquired satellite imagery in regards to requirements. So how can we get a global cloud-free view of the Earth through using Sentinel-2?

EOX IT Services, an Austrian Open Source solution provider for Earth Observation services, has implemented a methodical process crafting an almost cloudless Sentinel-2 map of the world, which has been viewed more than 450,000 times during the last two weeks on the company's website.

Source: Copernicus

Image credit: EOX - Modified Sentinel data.

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