Current potentials and challenges using Sentinel-1 for broadacre field remote sensing

Martin Peter Christiansen, Morten Stigaard Laursen, Birgitte Feld Mikkelsen, Nima Teimouri, Rasmus Nyholm Jørgensen, Claus Aage Grøn Sørensen

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ESA operates the Sentinel-1 satellites, which provides Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data of Earth. Recorded Sentinel-1 data have shown a potential for remotely observing and monitoring local conditions on broad acre fields. Remote sensing using Sentinel-1 have the potential to provide daily updates on the current conditions in the individual fields and at the same time give an overview of the agricultural areas in the region. Research depends on the ability of independent validation of the presented results. In the case of the Sentinel-1 satellites, every researcher has access to the same base dataset, and therefore independent validation is possible. Well documented research performed with Sentinel-1 allow other research the ability to redo the experiments and either validate or falsify presented findings. Based on current state-of-art research we have chosen to provide a service for researchers in the agricultural domain. The service allows researchers the ability to monitor local conditions by using the Sentinel-1 information combined with a priori knowledge from broad acre fields. Correlating processed Sentinel-1 to the actual conditions is still a task the individual researchers must perform to benefit from the service. In this paper, we presented our methodology in translating sentinel-1 data to a level that is more accessible to researchers in the agricultural field. The goal here was to make the data more easily available, so the primary focus can be on correlating and comparing to measurements collected in the broadacre fields. We illustrate the value of the service with three examples of the possible application areas. The presented application examples are all based on Denmark, where we have processed all sentinel-1 scan from since 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date8. Jul 2018
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 8. Jul 2018
EventAGENG2018: New engineering concepts for a valued agriculture - Wageningen Campus, Wageningen, Netherlands
Duration: 8. Jul 201812. Jul 2018


Location Wageningen Campus
Internet address



  • synthetic aperture radar
  • backscatter analysis
  • crop monitoring
  • crop growth stages
  • winter wheat

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Christiansen, M. P., Laursen, M. S., Mikkelsen, B. F., Teimouri, N., Nyholm Jørgensen, R., & Sørensen, C. A. G. (2018). Current potentials and challenges using Sentinel-1 for broadacre field remote sensing. Paper presented at AGENG2018, Wageningen, Netherlands.