PROBA-V use cases
The PROBA-V missions was initially conceived as a gap-filler, a mission to continue the long standing time series of SPOT-VEGETATION (since 1998), used by thousands worldwide for vegetation monitoring, while the world awaited the arrival of the Copernicus Sentinels, notably Sentinel-3.
Taking stock of the current use PROBA-V data, in this final year of the mission, the added value of the 100 m centre camera capability and its fusion with the 300 m observations is evident.
One example is the mapping of land cover changes at 100 m resolution in Copernicus, with a global dataset recently shared on Google’s Earth EngineTM platform.
Another case is the global monitoring of crops and the water they need. For reporting on agriculture at larger scales, such as for the United Nations, the 1 ha scale is often found useful.
While the legacy continues with Sentinel-3, notably for the 300 m and 1 km resolutions, we look forward to more synergies with Sentinel-2 for the mapping and monitoring at 100 m resolution as well.