PROBA-V Collection 2 change summary

After thorough scientific research and validation, the PROBA-V Collection 2 reprocessing campaign is finalized!
The improvements and updates with respect to Collection 1 are the following:

  • CEOS Analysis Ready Data for Land (CEOS-ARD) compliancy
    PROBA-V Collection 2 surface reflectance data will be CEOS-ARD-compliant, which means that it will fulfil a set of accuracy thresholds, that essential corrections are applied, and that the product metadata are structured in a certain format. This will enable you to start analyzing Collection 2 data immediately, without the hassle of complex additional pre-processing.
  • Cloud detection algorithm
    A Multi-Layer Perceptron (MLP)-based neural network algorithm is applied, with no auxiliary data dependency, resulting in significant improvements compared to the Collection 1 cloud detection.
  • Radiometric Instrument Calibration Parameter (ICP) files
    The absolute calibration and equalization coefficients are updated, as well as some inter-band corrections to the BLUE and SWIR channel are performed.
  • Atmospheric correction
    The Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications, Version 2 (MERRA-2) Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) dataset is used as input for the atmospheric correction. The resulting TOC reflectances are validated following the ACIX validation method.
  • Product data format
    The current Collection 1 data are available as HDF5 and GeoTIFF files. For Collection 2, the new Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF standard, backward compatible with standard GeoTIFF, will be used in addition to the regular HDF5 file format. Using this new and state-of-the-art data format standard eases the file handling and data visualization in cloud environments.
  • New product search catalogue
    PROBA-V Collection 2 data will become more easily searchable using the OpenSearch Catalogue for Remote Sensing (OSCARS) from a new, dedicated, and improved user interface, combining the best from PROBA-V’s Mission Exploitation Platform (such as time series and viewing) to give you a seamless user experience and to efficiently analyze the Collection 2 data.

The above listed changes impact all Level-2A and Level-3 data at all resolutions (100 m, 300 m, and 1 km). Collection 2, together with its user documentation, is available since March 2023.
More information on the changes and their expected impact can be found in the detailed PROBA-V C2 Algorithms Change Document.