THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - Vegetation -
Full Name Vegetation Status Operational
Instrument Agencies ESA Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry
Instrument Technology Medium-resolution spectro-radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Global coverage every two days for uses including climate impact assessments, surface water resource management, agricultural monitoring, and food security estimates.
Resolution Summary 100 m resolution at Nadir, 350 m on full field of view
[Best Resolution: 100m]
Swath Summary 102° field of view with 2250 km wide swath
[Max Swath: 2250 km]
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Equivalent spectral bands to Spot Vegetation: VNIR: Blue (438-486 nm), Red (615-696 nm), Near IR (772-914 nm), SWIR (1564-1634 nm).
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
SWIR (~1.3 µm - ~3.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Albedo and reflectancePhotosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) 
Fractionally absorbed PAR (FPAR) 
Earth surface albedo 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery 
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving radiance 
VegetationNormalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI) 
Leaf Area Index (LAI) 
Vegetation type 
Land cover 
Instrument Missions
PROBA-V - PROBA-V (2013 - 2018)
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