SAR / S2
The Sentinel-2 simulation is an important aspect of the project. Not so much for the methodology to be applied, as this will be fairly similar to processing of Landsat imagery as described in the section of Land Use Land Cover. The reason for the importance is that Sentinel-2, envisaged to be launched in 2012, will extent the tradition of high-resolution optical satellites for Land Use (and WCR) mapping, started by the Landsat series (MSS, TM, ETM+) and continued by SPOT satellites (SPOT-2,4,5). The potential gap in image availability where Landsat and SPOT satellites are nearing the end of their expected lifetime, can be perfectly filled by Sentinel-2, providing excellent resolution (10m), coverage (290km) and revisit frequency (5 days). These specifications of Sentinel-2 are very suitable for large-scale wetland monitoring purposes. Moreover, the super-spectral sensor (13 bands in visible, NIR and SWIR ranges) on Sentinel-2 could be suitable for more detailed monitoring of wetland vegetation than is the case with the current sensors.