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.

For daily global vegetation monitoring, the Project for On-Board Autonomy-Vegetation (PROBA-V) – ESA’s miniature satellite – has been developed and built by a Belgian consortium. This mission continues the SPOT-VEGETATION mission with improved resolution. VITO Remote Sensing is in charge of the payload data ground segment i.e. the daily image processing.

The PROBA-V mission has been extended to October 2019, which is 6 months beyond the satellite’s initial expected lifetime.

  • RAW data is processed up to application ready data
    distributed via a number of user-friendly interfaces
  • in house processing and quality check of the data
    run onto the VITO Remote Sensing private cloud infrastructure
  • highly valuable
    for global environmental and agriculture monitoring, climate change…

We currently host the entire SPOT-VEGETATION time series from 1998 to 2014 (end of mission) and continue the series every day using the PROBA-V data, creating a global environment and agriculture archive.

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

Data Products & Services in EO Data made easily accessible

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

  • Water and coastal management
  • Remote sensing in agriculture
  • Empowering infrastructure management
  • Vegetation

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.

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.