Highly valuable for global vegetation, climate & agriculture monitoring

Every day, VITO Remote Sensing processes a wide range of satellite images, ranging from low to very high resolution optical missions, all with their own specifications.

VITO Remote Sensing host the entire SPOT-VEGETATION and PROBA-V data archive (1998-2020) hereby providing a valuable data set for agriculture, global land cover and vegetation monitoring.

Since 2017 VITO Remote Sensing also operates the Belgian collaborative ground segment Terrascope, under the authority of the European Space Agency (ESA) and in close collaboration with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO). Via Terrascope users worldwide can access open-source satellite images, including the open and free data from the Copernicus Sentinel

Alongside the vegetation time series, VITO Remote Sensing is also systematically processing other low resolution data from satellites such as METOP-AVHRR. 

Additionally, we have have expanded our processing portfolio to higher resolution missions, systematically hosting and processing data from Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3, Sentinel-5P and Landsat-8, etc serving the local and global public and private sector.

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We collect, process and archive the following types of data from remote sensing satellites

Ever since the emergence of the drone technology, VITO Remote Sensing has been actively involved in the integration and operation of UAV systems for aerial remote sensing and mapping.

VITO Remote Sensing hosts all data collected by the European Airborne Prism EXperiment (APEX) sensor. The applications span a wide range of research topics.

Technology and Applications Used

  • Urban and Infrastructure Management
  • Vegetation
  • Water and coastal management
  • agriculture

Roads, bridges, tunnels, waterways, ditch systems, dikes, sluices, coastal dunes, sewer systems, buildings, power lines, wind turbines, PV installations… In order to keep the engine of economic activities running smoothly, maintenance is critical.
Infrastructure maintenance requires recurrent inspection. Remote sensing is ideal for this task without stopping traffic.

How much pressure does our planet endure and how can we minimize it? Land is an essential natural resource - for humanity and all terrestrial ecosystems. But while resources are strictly finite, human demands are not. Today, this leads to events such as deforestation, drought and the loss of wildlife . Both public and private organizations play a crucial role in the preservation of our ecosystems, where understanding is the first step.

The effects of pollution, erosion and climate change on coastal areas are closely gauged and monitored. The related water management, flood risk assessment and different aspects of coastal management rely on measurements and modelling practices that are often faced with complicated accessibility issues.

Achieving global food security has been high on the political agenda for years. It was included in the first of eight UN Millennium Development Goals “to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger”.
This requires global, independent, timely and qualitative information and monitoring.

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