1st Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting

28-29 November 2016
ESRIN, Frascati, Rome (Italy)


The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite was launched in June 2015. A second satellite, Sentinel-2B, will be launched early 2017 completing the deployment of the Sentinel-2 constellation. Calibration and validation activities are carried out operationally by ESA's Mission Performance Centre (MPC).

These activities can be complemented with the expertise from independent teams such as the experts involved in relevant Cal/Val international groups, or by individual principal investigators, users, laboratories, and institutions.

These experts are invited to be part of the so-called Sentinel-2 Validation Team (S2VT). The work performed by the S2VT will complement on a best-effort and with no supply of funds basis, the baseline validation activities.

The objective of the S2VT is to collect independent validation evidence and experimental data to support the Sentinel-2 Mission. The S2VT aims at providing valuable feedback on the mission core products through the experience gained by S2VT members while exploiting Sentinel-2 data. Such recommendations will be taken into consideration by ESA.

In this framework, the S2VT aims at involving world-class expertise and activities, through shared benefit collaboration, that support the implementation of the Sentinel-2 validation activities and ensure the best possible outcomes for the Sentinel-2 mission.

The meeting will be structured around a set of plenary presentations given by expert practitioners working with Sentinel-2 and other similar missions to inform on the lessons learned and priorities based on experience, a poster session of potential cal/val community activities including validation campaigns and methods.
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