Impact of COVID-19 on Harvest of Row Crops

The COVID-19 pandemic's far-reaching national and international impacts are well known and often hard to quantify. In our study, "Impact of COVID-19 on Harvest of Row Crops", funded by the European Space Agency ESA, we quantified when harvest occurred in 2020 and whether there were significant delays due to COVID-19. For this purpose, 200.000 fields of summer crops, winter cereals and winter rapeseed in 19 European countries were sampled and processed by our algorithm.

If you want to get a more in depth look at the results, the data can be found on ESA’s RACE (Rapid Action on Coronavirus and EO) platform, and VISTA’s yield prediction service portal YPSILON®. More details on the data access are here

New Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 services available

Since end of June, four new services have been added to the platform and are publicly available. To provide more possibilities for developers to build upon pre-processed data, we added Sentinel-1 Backscatter Amplitude and Temporal Coherence services based on standard, configurable ESA Toolbox workflows.. Furthermore, our service offer for atmospherically corrected data has been extended: Besides the standard Copernicus Sentinel-2 Level 2A data provided through our DIAS provider and our enterprise-level L2A processing services provided by Vista GmbH, Germany, we now also offer atmospheric correction using the MAJA algorithm version 3.2.2. To access these services, search our Platform Services tab for "S1L2_Backscatter", "S1L2_Coherence" and "S2_L2A_MAJA".

ECOSTRESS data available

Starting in March 2021, the Food Security TEP will host data of the European Ecostress Hub project realized by Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. Data is made publicly available, more details on the data access are here. Click here for more information on the NASA ECOSTRESS sensor and the European Ecostress Hub project.

New Food Security TEP platform version 1.9.0

In November 2020, a major update of the Food Security TEP has been released, resulting in platform version 1.9.0.

Some highlights of the latest version are:

  • The platform is now able to handle creation of collections of remote data
  • Security improvements

Moreover, the following improvements are avilable ro users now:

  • GUI app usability improvement
  • Explorer tab visualization functionalities
  • Databasket functionalities improvements
  • job panel functionalities improvements
  • metadata propagation


Unexpected maintenance 21.07.2020

Currently we are experiencing issues with the EO-SSO authentication for the portal. Our support team is working on it. Please stay tuned until further notice. Please excuse the inconvenience!

Scheduled maintenance May 2020

Dear user, Starting from Monday, May 18th 06:00 UTC we will be upgrading our platform and processing services. The upgrade will take up to five days, so services will resume the latest on Friday, May 22nd 18:00 UTC. Yet, we are glad to announce that the updated version of the platform software will greatly improve platform services for operations. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please let us know, if you encounter any issues during or after the upgrade. Best regards, Food Security TEP Support Team

9th ESA Training Course: Agriculture material available online

The 9th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing with the focus on Agriculture has been hosted by Université catholique of Louvain during the week of 16-20/09/2019 (see program). This course was dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation scientists and experts from agriculture and food security related agencies to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) for science and applications development in the domain of agriculture. With 94 participants (73 students and scientists as well as 21 experts from national and international agencies) coming from 35 different countries, this course has been a big success. In addition to ESA staff, 8 European professors and international experts introduced concepts and shared practical applications.