For 10 years, the VEGETATION mission has played
an important role in meeting this need for information by offering
the international community high quality data from a truly global
Earth Observing System, which uniquely acquires data of the entire
terrestrial surface on a daily basis.
First and foremost the VEGETATION mission has
been catering for the needs of operational users – both
institutional and commercial - requesting data in near real time.
Over the years more than 15,000 Gigapixels of data have been distributed
to 10,000 users. As such, the VEGETATION mission is a prime example
of what Europe wants to achieve through the GMES initiative: operationally
available data for operational applications.
The scientific community, however, was not left out. From 2001
on, archived data could be downloaded for free fuelling many international
research projects and resulting in an avalanche of scientific
archive houses processed data covering the equivalent of 40,000
times the Earth’s surface, providing unique time series
of the state of the Earth’s vegetation worldwide.
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