Public competition to sharpen views from Proba-V minisatellite
12 October 2018
ESA is challenging ‘citizen scientists' to apply the latest AI and image processing techniques to upscale images acquired by the Earth-watching Proba-V minisatellite.
Upscaling is a familiar concept from modern HD or 4K TVs, which perform image processing to enhance the appearance of low-resolution, standard definition footage when played on higher-resolution screens.
That is purely cosmetic processing, however; what this new ‘super-resolution' competition is interested in is enhancing the spatial resolution of Earth observation images. This means you can see smaller objects more clearly by combining multiple lower-resolution images together to extract extra information on detailed features of the target site.
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22 October 2018
As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the vegetation growing across the entire country.
The high-resolution land-cover map combines images captured by Copernicus Sentinel-2 between 2016 and 2018.