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Sentinel-2 for Agriculture (Sen2Agri)

The Sentinel-2 Agriculture project aims at providing to the international user community validated algorithms and best practices to produce EO products for agriculture monitoring preparing for the exploitation of Sentinel-2 observations.  Sentinel-2 Agriculture main activities will focus on user driven development of agricultural EO products, benchmarking and validating the required algorithms and finally demonstration of resulting Sentinel-2 EO products and services to users of the global agricultural community. The project responds and contributes directly to the GEOGLAM initiative. 

Sentinel-2 for Agriculture (Sen2Agri)
DUE (Data User Element)
€1.6 M
Service Demonstration
In progress
Sentinel 2 : MSI
Landsat 8 : OLI-TIRS
Earth Observation (EO) can contribute to agricultural monitoring as a proven source for transparent, timely and consistent information on the agricultural productivity at global and regional scale. Following the G20 Action Plan on Food Price Volatility (Paris 2011) the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative was created to "strengthen global agricultural monitoring by improving the use of remote sensing tools for crop production projections and weather forecasting".  In parallel, the Joint Experiment of Crop Assessment and Monitoring (JECAM) was launched to enable the global agricultural monitoring community to compare results based on disparate sources of data, using various methods, over a variety of local or regional cropping systems.
The Sen2-Agri project is intended as a major contribution to the R&D component of the GEOGLAM initiative and to the JECAM network activities. The project will demonstrate at national scale the benefit of the Sentinel-2 mission for the agriculture domain across a range of crops and agricultural practices. The project will deliver a processing system based on an open source and portable solution to convert Sentinel-2 L1C data into relevant agricultural monitoring EO products. Following GEOGLAM requirements the Sen2-Agri focuses on four EO products: 
  • Cloud-free surface reflectance composites provided on a monthly basis in all the S2 bands at full native resolution
  • Dynamic cropland mask - binary map provided on a regular grid at 10 meter resolution and updated every month; 
  • Cultivated crop type map: map of the 5 main crop types of the respective region, delivered twice a year (first half and end of the season) on a regular grid at 10 meter resolution;
  • Vegetation status: maps of LAI delivered at 20-m resolution and on a weekly basis, NDVI metrics (start date and length of the season, amplitude) delivered from the first half of the season.
Université Catolique de Louvain, Belgium
WFP : Word Food Programme
JECAM : Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring (JECAM)
Institute of Remote Sensing, China : Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
IFAD : International Fund for Agricultural Development
GEOGLAM : GEOGLAM initiative: Asia-RiCE
Centre de cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Development : 9. Centre de cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Development
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada : Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria : Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria, Argentina
Chouaïb Doukkali University : Chouaïb Doukkali University & Réseau National des Sciences et Techniques de la Géo-Information, Morocco
Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development : Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development, Kenya
NEOSS : National Earth Observation and Space Secretariat (NEOSS), South Africa
SRI : Space Research Institute (SRI) of the National Academy of Science & State Space Agency, Ukraine
US Geological Survey (USGS) - FEWSNET : US Geological Survey (USGS) - FEWSNET
Pierre Defourny and Sophie Bontemps Université Catolique de Louvain, Belgium
Benjamin Koetz European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP Via Galileo Galilei I-00046 Frascati (RM) ITALY Tel: +39 06-941.80653 Email: