Milan: At an event in Milan this week, experts with an access to early Sentinel-2A images discussed first applications of Europe’s new satellite. Examples were shown on how land cover can be classified and monitored using Sentinel-2 data. By detecting changes to land and water bodies, the Copernicus environmental monitoring satellite can help to manage natural resources sustainably. The mission is also tasked with monitoring water quality. And an intergovernmental treaty called Ramsar Convention will use the data to monitor wetlands of international importance across the globe. How the satellite is able to discriminate between different crops was also demonstrated at the event. The image on your screen shows sunflower in orange and maize in yellow. It was taken near Toulouse, France, by Sentinel 2A.