Sentinel-2

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Sentinel-2 is an ESA programme of earth observation satellites. Among others, it provides worldwide 10 m resolution colour imagery.

The resolution is higher than Landsat, but lower than Bing, Mapbox etc.

Example of a single tile

Licence

See sentinel.esa.int/documents/247904/690755/Sentinel_Data_Legal_Notice

EU law grants free access to Copernicus Sentinel Data and Service Information for the purpose of the following use in so far as it is lawful:

  • (a) reproduction;
  • (b) distribution;
  • (c) communication to the public;
  • (d) adaptation, modification and combination with other data and information;
  • (e) any combination of points (a) to (d).

Sentinel data is already listed as availlable to OSM, at: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors#EU_Copernicus_.28GMES.29_data

Also it's under development a JOSM plugin for Sentinel Hub: https://josm.openstreetmap.de/ticket/14921#comment:26

Advantages

  • Worldwide coverage in 10 m resolution and full colour
  • Very recent, imagery updated between every month to every two weeks

Disadvantages

  • Published data needs to be processed into usable background imagery by the end user
  • Tiles may be cloud covered, check the thumbnails before processing
  • Resolution only sufficient to trace major roads and landuse features.

Usage in editors

  • For use with JOSM activate the EOx cloudless Sentinel-2 2018 layer.

See also