As of 18 April 2020, the international portal www.fieldfromspace.com 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:
RGB (optical) images;
NDVI crop index maps (available for all crops, incl. grassland and forest – read more);
WDVI crop index maps (only available for arable crops – read more);
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.