As an example of its on-demand remote sensing services and the need for analysis-ready data as expressed by many users, the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) designed a high-quality mosaic that covers the area of Germany. The mosaic consists of multiple Sentinel-2 orthorectified images that have been radiometrically colour-balanced to a uniform appearance – annual updates of the mosaic are intended. The product has the following basic characteristics: five-bands (both true color and false color composites), 10m spatial resolution, seamless and cloud-free (less than 3% cloud cover), 8-bit image depth.
Sentinel-2 is a wide-swath, high-resolution, multi-spectral imaging mission developed by ESA as part of the Copernicus Programme, supporting the Copernicus Land Monitoring services, including the monitoring of vegetation, soil and water cover, as well as the observation of inland waterways and coastal areas. The full Sentinel-2 mission comprises two polar-orbiting satellites in the same orbit, phased at 180° to each other.
Sensor: MSI (Multispectral Instrument)
Repeat rate: 5 days (with two satellites)
Launch dates: 23 June 2015 (Sentinel-2A), 07 March 2017 (Sentinel-2B)
Archiving start date: 27 June 2015
Mission Status: ongoing
Terms and conditions for the use of Sentinel data
Sentinel-2 Mission Overview
Input data: Sentinel-2 DE - Germany Mosaic is based on a set of largely cloud-free Copernicus Sentinel-2 imagery of the respective year, whereas imagery covering the vegetation period were preferred.