Different types of crops growing east of the Czech capital, Prague (left), are distinguished in this land cover classification image.
This crop map was created by combining over 1000 scenes from the Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 satellites taken over the course of 2015.
With its 13 spectral bands, the Sentinel-2 mission for Europe’s Copernicus programme is the first optical Earth observation mission of its kind to include three bands in the ‘red edge’, which provide key information on vegetation state.
Sentinel-2 is designed to provide images that can be used to distinguish between different crop types as well as data on numerous plant indices, such as leaf area, leaf chlorophyll and leaf water – all essential to monitor plant growth accurately.
This image was produced in collaboration with the European Commission (lead by the Joint Research Centre), the State Agricultural Intervention Fund of the Czech Republic and ESA.
Credit: DUE Sentinel-2 for Agriculture project; contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)