launched – satellite images for monitoring crops and nature.

As of 18 April 2020, the international portal is online. It enables farmers and conservationists in different places in the world to monitor crops and nature reserves, in a convenient and affordable way… without leaving the safety of the Earth’s atmosphere. A Dutch version of the site was already launched in 2019.

Field from Space employs ESA Sentinel-2 imagery (photo: ESA/ATG medialab, 2015)

Satellite data for any parcel of land around the world can be obtained with a few clicks on the map:
Products include future incoming and recent historic:
  1. RGB (optical) images;
  2. NDVI crop index maps (available for all crops, incl. grassland and forest – read more);
  3. WDVI crop index maps (only available for arable crops – read more);
  4. LAI crop index maps (currently only available for potato crops – read more).
The product portfolio will gradually be expanded. All images have a spatial resolution of 10 x 10m and are ‘georeferenced’. This enables opening them in farm management systems such as SMS™ and Farm Works™ or standard GIS software packages like QGIS or ArcGIS.

Leaf Area Index (LAI) in a field of starch potatoes in the province of Drenthe, in the Northeast of the Netherlands (there is a house in the southernmost corner). Individual maps can be switched on or off by date. Legend (not shown) differs by image; it has been optimized for maximum contrast within each image, rather than to show LAI changes over time.