May 14, 2013

European Space Imaging celebrate a decade as key VHR data provider to the European Commission’s CwRS Campaign

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For the 10th year, European Space Imaging (EUSI) is supporting the European Commission in the Controls with Remote Sensing program (CwRS) with timely delivery of Very High-Resolution (VHR) satellite data.

The yearly CwRS campaign involves around 1,000 images. In total, more than 240,000 km² are covered each year as part of the program – twice the area of England, or 8 times that of Belgium. Of that EUSI has supplied data for an annually increasing number of control sites, resulting in a total of 339 sites collected in 2012, totaling more than 170,000 km².

Since the use of VHR satellite data became operational in 2004 EUSI has been the most reliable data supplier with success rates close or equal to 100% every year. The company has provided the majority of all VHR data to the program and contributed more than two thirds of the data in the past nine campaigns.

With the addition of new satellites, data products and processing techniques the requirements of the member states and the JRC have evolved over the duration of the campaign. As a result EUSI has expanded its offering and services to accommodate the changing technical and image collection requirements. Some of these include:

  • Coordinated collections across a satellite constellation using a combination of direct and indirect tasking
  • Technical feasibility assessments
  • Image collection planning and image validation
  • Manual cloud cover assessment
  • Project specific acquisition notifications
  • Quality control and order administration

About CwRS:
Since 1993, the European Commission (EC) has promoted the use of “Controls with Remote Sensing” (CwRS) as a system to control agricultural subsidies granted under the EC’s Common Agricultural Policy.Following the real time evaluation in 2003 and the successful operational application since 2004, the EC’s Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), in agreement with DG AGRI, provides VHR satellite remote sensing data, to the EU Member States (MS) administrations for their CwRS area-based subsidies.

Since 2010, VHR Imagery acquired under the CwRS Campaign has also been used for the quality assessment of the Land Parcel Identification System – which is the main geo-database in the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS – the main administration tool for managing of farmers’ applications).

DG JRC provides technical guidance regarding the CwRS strategy as well as managing the image acquisition, ordering and communication with the MS administrations and image providers. Also, in close cooperation with the MS, they support the definition of the imagery required.

About European Space Imaging
European Space Imaging (EUSI) is a leading supplier of very high-resolution satellite imagery to customers in Europe and North Africa. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Munich, Germany. EUSI is the only European satellite data provider that operates its own very high-resolution satellite ground station for direct satellite tasking and local data downlink.

To learn more about this program, please contact:
Penelope Richardson, Marketing Manager
European Space Imaging
Arnulfstrasse 197, Munich 80634
Tel: +49 (0) 89 13014255
Fax: +49 (0) 89 13014222