PROBA-V's central camera images the world at 100 m resolution, with a complete global coverage every 5-8 days. SIGMA partners are exploring the use of this 100 m data for agricultural monitoring.
VITO, project coordinator of SIGMA, specifically explores the use of the data to distinguish different crop types for the SIGMA test site in Belgium.
A method developed jointly by VITO and the University of Maryland was used to fuse 300 m PROBA-V and 100 m PROBA-V data to generate 10-daily composites. Preliminary results indicate that the fused datasets significantly enhance crop type mapping and monitoring in Belgian landscapes.
Future research will point out if similar results can be obtained in other regions of the world.