EOLAB hosted the annual meeting of the Copernicus Global Land Service in the Hotel Barceló (Valencia, Spain) on 15-17 May 2017.
Copernicus is the Earth Observation European program of the European Union and the European Space Agency which provides freely and openly satellite Earth Observation products. The project is specifically targeted towards the environmental monitoring with 6 services (Land, Marine, Emergency, Atmosphere, Climate Change Service, and Security). The satellites to cover the program (Sentinels) are developed, launched and managed by the European Space Agency.
EOLAB has been involved for years in the Copernicus Global Land Service, and this year the company was the host and meeting organizer of this annual event. The objective of the meeting was to know and discuss about the status and the evolution of the Copernicus Global Land products.
The meeting was attended by key figures from the Copernicus Land of the European Commission, Global Land service managers, Sentinel managers and European researchers from several institutions. In total, the meeting was attended by 31 experts in the global monitoring of the essential climatic variables of the earth surface (albedo, temperature, soil moisture, vegetation, burned areas, land cover, etc).
EOLAB at the 1st Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting
EOLAB attended the 1st Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting, celebrated in ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Rome, Italy) on 28-29 November 2016.
The Sentinel-2 Validation Team (S2VT) joins experts involved in relevant Cal/Val international groups, or by individual principal investigators, users, laboratories, and institutions. The objective of the S2VT is to collect independent validation evidence and experimental data to support the Sentinel-2 Mission. The S2VT aims at providing valuable feedback on the mission core products through the experience gained by S2VT members while exploiting Sentinel-2 data. Such recommendations will be taken into consideration by ESA.
Fernando Camacho made a presentation titled "A validation framework for Sentinel-2 biophysical products. Lessons learned during the ESA VALSE2 and the FP7 ImagineS projects", and was the chair of the season #4 about the Downstream Products Validation.
EOLAB starts activities at the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
The Copernicus Climate Change Service, operated by ECMWF on behalf of European Union, will provide key indicators on climate change drives such as carbon dioxide an impacts, for example, reducing glaciers. These indicators will be key elements to support European adaptation and mitigation policies.
The objective of this KO meeting was to start a contract about the Production of Albedo, LAI and FAPAR Terrestiral Essential Climate Variables based on satellite Earth Observation data at global scale. This contract will provide the Climate Data Record (CDR) from EO data of Albedo, LAI and FAPAR from 1981 to the present combining AVHRR, SPOT/VGT and PROBA-V observations.
EOLAB will define the Target requirements and will be responsible for the Quality Assurance of Surface Albedo, LAI and FAPAR CDR to determine to which extend the CDR meets the Target requirements (GCOS, C3S).
EOLAB at the CEOS-LPV
In March 2016 our CEO, Fernando Camacho, was elected vice-chair of the CEOS LPV group.
The mission of the CEOS Land Product Validation (LPV) group is to coordinate the quantitative validation of satellite-derived products. The focus lies on standardized intercomparison and validation across products from different satellite, algorithms, and agency sources.
EOLAB celebrates 10 years
In February, 2016, EOLAB reaches a very important milestone as a small company: 10 years since its constitution. Since the very beginning the company, which started as a spin-off of the University of Valencia, has been involved in operational programs related to the monitoring of land surfaces from space, such as Copernicus Land Service, or the Land Surface Analysis SAF of EUMETSAT, and we are now strongly involved in the quality assessment of global satellite products, mainly in the Copernicus Global Land Service.
We have celebrated the 4th of March the Tenth Anniversary in our new offices at the Parc Cientific of the University of Valencia (PCUV) with partners and colleagues from the University of Valencia, the staff from PCUV and with relevant people during this period.
We would like to thanks ALL the people who work with us during this period, wishing to continue during the coming years facing new and exciting challenges.