The Food Security Platform provides the following services to its users:

  • An easy to use cloud platform offering direct access to key satellite products and derived data, backed up by a scalable processing infrastructure.
  • Access to tools for computing basic key indices (vegetation and water content indices from Sentinel-2 data, as well as chlorophyll, soil and red edge indices) on the fly, and for visualising and manipulating them. To allow for an easy way of calculating indices with standard EO software (SNAP) or by scripting (R), the respective templates to calculate user-defined indices using these software packages are provided.
  • Provision of high-accuracy, quality checked biophysical parameters (Leaf Area, fAPAR, fCOVER, NDVI), suitable for use in operational scenarios. In addition, high-quality Sentinel-2 Bottom-of-Atmosphere (BoA) reflectance products are available as input for user-developed services. EO products for Service Pilot regions are available in product collections on the platform and can be discovered using the Food Security TEP Analyst. The provision of these EO products for other regions and time periods can be requested from the service providers. Public processing services that provide these quality checked parameters will be made available mid of 2019. 

  • The ability to easily develop new services, with the ability to share processors and outputs only with selected user groups. Non-experts can easily develop their own algorithms using standard software packages (SNAP, R Studio, Orfeo, QGIS), while advanced users are able to deploy their own software and algorithms on the platform using the widely-used Docker platform technology.
  • Provision of supplemental non-EO data for integration into service processors. The following data sets will be integrated into the platform by descending order. To understand how to access these datasets using the API please consult the user manual, visit the user forums or contact the Food Security TEP Support. Available datasets are also visualized in the Food Security TEP Analyst View, so you can easily discover the data online. (Note: Complementary datasets are hosted for use on the Food Security TEP only, so no download options are available on the platform. To download supplemental datasets, please visit the respective websites listed below.)
Complementary data catalogue
Supplemental Dataset Spatial res. General information and metadata Scheduled

ALOS Global Digital Surface Elevation Model (AW3D30)

30 m http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/ALOS/en/aw3d30/index.htm available

Copernicus Pan-European High Resolution Layers 2015

20 m https://land.copernicus.eu/pan-european/high-resolution-layers available
GFSAD 30m Global Cropland Extent 2015
 
30 m https://croplands.org/ available

ESA Climate Change Initiative Global Landcover 2015

300 m https://www.esa-landcover-cci.org available
GADM Global Administrative Areas  2018
(vector) https://gadm.org/data.html available
JRC European Soil Database (ESDB) Derived Data (selected properties)
1 km https://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/content/european-soil-database-derived-data Q3 2019
SEDAC Gridded Population of the World (GPW), v4 30 arcsec http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/collection/gpw-v4 Q3 2019

CHIRPS global precipitation data (since 1981)

0.05° http://chg.geog.ucsb.edu/data/chirps/ Q3 2019
IIASA Harmonized World Soil Database (HWSD)
30 arcsec

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/research/researchPrograms/water/HWSD.html

Q3 2019
Global Yield and Water Use Efficiency Maps of the Virtual Water Values (ViWa) project
30 arcsec http://viwa.geographie-muenchen.de t.b.d.

 

  • Access to the Food Security TEP user community, allowing service providers to interact with a range of users through dedicated forums.
  • Technical support from the Food Security Platform team, including addition of new features and data upon user request (subject to available resources).
  • Free resources and support to selected application developers via ESA sponsorship in the early project phases (starting June 2018). Trial applications that have large resource needs can approach the project team for possible options.