High Resolution Vegetation Phenology and Productivity (HR-VPP) monitoring

We are proud to share the news that we’ve been granted the European Environment Agency (EEA) Tender on High Resolution Vegetation Phenology and Productivity (HR-VPP) monitoring.

This new Copernicus Pan-European High Resolution service will deliver, based on Sentinel-2 data, continuously 10 m Vegetation Indices, their derived Seasonal Trajectories and Phenology and Productivity Metrics over the 39 EEA member states.



NDVI Temporal dynamics for 2017 over northeast Belgium (subset over MGRS tile 31UFS)


These new products capture the periodic plant life cycle events and are important to characterize ecosystems and their functions, and can be used for a variety of applications. The product can be used:

  • as an indicator of climate change
  • as an approximation of growing season biomass
  • to assess ecosystem response to drought
  • to contribute to agricultural and crop monitoring


Start of season date for 2018 over northeast Belgium (subset of MGRS tile 31UFS)


VITO (Belgium) is the prime contractor of the HRL-VPP consortium together with Lund University (Sweden), ZAMG (Austria), EOLAB (Spain) and with support from Malmö University (Sweden) and kHufkens Consulting (Belgium).