SEDAS, which is jointly funded by the UK Space Agency and the Satellite Applications Catapult, was launched earlier this year as a new online data hub to enable UK end-users to access Copernicus Earth observation data.
Sentinel-2 provides wide-area, high-resolution, multispectral imagery which will benefit efforts to tackle deforestation, food security, disaster monitoring and coastal pollution. The satellite provides global coverage of the Earth’s land surface every ten days, making the data of great value in ongoing studies.
Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “The addition of the Sentinel-2 data to SEDAS is a significant milestone in the platform’s capabilities and benefit to users. With its high resolution imagery and high revisit frequency, Sentinel-2 could provide great value to the agricultural sector, emergency services, and organisations monitoring inland waterways and coastal areas, amongst others.”
Katherine Courtney, CEO of the UK Space Agency, said: “With this new capability the SEDAS portal will further support UK users to produce world leading innovative products, services and applications from Sentinel-2 data. We are funding easy, cost-free access to satellite data for the benefit of everyone, but particularly to help businesses design new solutions to support the wider UK economy.”
To-date, more than 70 organisations have used the SEDAS portal and we anticipate this growing significantly following the availability of Sentinel-2 data.