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  EnMAP pre-launch science preparatory activities: Status and update

Chabrillat, S., Segl, K., Förster, S., Guanter, L., Brell, M., Bohn, N., Spengler, D., Guillaso, S., Milewski, R., Asadzadeh, S., Ward, K., Brosinsky, A., Wilczok, C., Schickling, A. (2022): EnMAP pre-launch science preparatory activities: Status and update. - Talk presented at the Living Planet Symposium (Bonn 2022)

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Chabrillat, S.1, Author              
Segl, K.1, Author              
Förster, S.1, Author              
Guanter, Luis2, Author
Brell, Maximilian1, Author              
Bohn, Niklas1, Author              
Spengler, Daniel1, Author              
Guillaso, Stephane1, Author              
Milewski, Robert1, Author              
Asadzadeh, Saeid1, Author              
Ward, Kathrin1, Author              
Brosinsky, Arlena1, Author              
Wilczok, Charlotte1, Author              
Schickling, Anke2, Author
11.4 Remote Sensing, 1.0 Geodesy, Departments, GFZ Publication Database, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum, ou_146028              
2External Organizations, ou_persistent22              


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 Abstract: The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) is a spaceborne German hyperspectral satellite mission that aims at monitoring and characterizing the Earth’s environment on a global scale. EnMAP core themes are environmental changes, ecosystem responses to human activities, and management of natural resources. In 2021 major milestones were achieved in the sensor and satellite preparation which is by end-2021 in the final acceptance review and pre-launch phase, with a launch window opening April 2022 (Fischer et al., ESA LPS 2022). Accordingly, the mission science support shifted from science development to pre-launch and launch support. The EnMAP science preparation program has been run for more than a decade to support industrial and mission development, and scientific exploitation of the data by the user community. The program is led by the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam supported by several partners and is funded within the German Earth observation program by the DLR Space Agency with resources from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In 2020 a new 3+1-year project phase started during which specific activities are performed at the GFZ Potsdam together with the four project partners Humboldt-University (HU) Berlin, Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI) Bremerhaven, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich, and University Greifswald. These activities focus on the preparation for the scientific exploitation of the data by the user community as well as mission support during the commissioning phase and the start of the nominal phase, supported by the EnMAP Science Advisory Group. In this presentation, we aim at providing an update of the current science preparation activities performed at GFZ. This includes an update of the data product validation activities focusing on an independent validation of the EnMAP radiance and reflectance products. For smooth and efficient validation especially during the commissioning phase, a semi-automatic processing chain is being developed (EnVAL), which streamlines the validation sites and in-situ data management as well as the validation tasks and report generation. Also, an update on new resources in the online learning initiative HYPERedu will be presented. In particular, the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the basics of imaging spectroscopy titled ‘Beyond the Visible – Introduction to Hyperspectral Remote Sensing’ was successfully opened in November 2021. An update will be further provided on the status of algorithms included in the EnMAP-Box related to data pre-processing and derivation of geological and soil mapping. It includes the EnMAP processing tool (EnPT) that is developed as an alternative to the processing chain of the EnMAP ground segment and provides free and open-source features to process EnMAP Level-1B data to Level-2A bottom-of-atmosphere (BOA) reflectance, and the EnMAP geological Mapper (EnGeoMap) and Soil Mapper (EnSoMap) for users in bare Earth and Geosciences applications. Finally, a background mission plan is developed as mission internal to fully exploit the resources of the satellite in terms of functionalities and/or capacities when there are resources available after all user requests have been processed. It can be used to generate time series databases interesting for the user community and anticipate future user needs, or to prototype and validate new mission strategies, such as large mosaicking demonstrations and/or synergies with other hyperspectral missions.


 Dates: 2022
 Publication Status: Finally published
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 Identifiers: GFZPOF: p4 T5 Future Landscapes
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Title: Living Planet Symposium
Place of Event: Bonn
Start-/End Date: 2022-05-23 - 2022-05-27

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