ESA’s cloud-based GIS platform, Sentinel Hub, has launched EO Browser, a free satellite imagery visualisation tool that gives you access to search and study a huge heap of fresh and archival data coming from Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3, and ESA’s archive of Landsat 5, 7 and 8, global coverage of Landsat 8, and Proba-V products.
The launch of EO Browser has brought images of all these satellites in one place. All these years of data captured by these satellites, provides an insight of things changed in Europe in more than 30 years and several years worldwide. The application lets anyone to find a relevant scene on Earth and dive in details in a matter of seconds.
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The browser comes with an easy to use web application that is available to public without needing registration to access standard functions. It combines many remarkable features such as comparison of data to easily identify changes, various visualisation options (true color, false color, NDVI, etc.), custom band combinations and even some data processing mechanisms, allowing users to run classification scripts.
It also helps in finding relevant satellite images and prototype various pixel-based algorithms. It provides a possibility to pin the layers and locations, making it easy to resume research at a later stage. Leeway to export data processing results in georeferenced files and store algorithms is offered to registered users.
Instant access to browse through petabytes of newest and archive data and chronological comparison of full resolution images from the data sources mentioned above raises Earth observation to a completely new level. One simply goes to the area of interest, define search criteria such as time range and cloud coverage, and inspects the resulting data from different sources.
Since it offers all ESA optical missions in one place, the users don’t have to download, archive and process petabytes of data as desired result can be shown immediately in the browser or within your own GIS environment.
“A revolution is happening in Earth Observation. With enormous amount of data being available, large part of it free, there are unlimited possibilities out there to address various user cases. EO Browser, built on the top of Sentinel Hub, represents a part of this process, but there is a lot more to be done.” said Grega Milcinski, managing director at Sinergise. A front-end application is an open source so anyone can take it and build added value services on top of Sentinel Hub OGC services.
The browser is available for download here.