Sentinels and FLEX join forces
26 January 2017
ESA's Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) mission will orbit in tandem with one of the Copernicus constellation satellites. Taking advantage of Sentinel-3's optical and thermal sensors will lead to an integrated package of measurements to assess plant health. With the Sentinel-2 satellites also in orbit, there is a unique opportunity of using this data synergistically from all three missions for vegetation studies.
ESA's eighth Earth Explorer mission, FLEX, was selected for implementation in 2015 to provide information on the terrestrial vegetation layer and plant health.
During the week of 17-19 January, the Remote Sensing of Fluorescence, Photosynthesis and Vegetation Status workshop took place at ESA's ESRIN facility in Frascati, Italy.
During the workshop, scientists further examined how the Copernicus Sentinel missions and FLEX could work together to provide unprecedented combinations of spatial resolution, temporal revisit time and spectral coverage that would lead to a wide range of opportunities for novel datasets and applications.