SENSAGRI: Sentinels Synergy for Agriculture


In the emerging Copernicus Earth monitoring era, Europe provides Earth Observation (EO) data from Sentinel-1 (S1) and Sentinel-2 (S2) on a free and open data policy basis. In response of the EO Work programme “EO-3-2016: Evolution of Copernicus Services”, Sentinels Synergy for Agriculture (SENSAGRI) aims at exploiting the unprecedented capacity of S1 and S2 to develop an innovative portfolio of prototypes agricultural monitoring services. In particular, SENSAGRI will exploit the synergy of optical and radar measurements to develop three prototype services capable of near real time operations: (1) Surface Soil Moisture, (2) green and brown leaf area index (LAI) and (3) crop type mapping. These prototypes shall provide a baseline for advanced services that can boost the competitiveness of the European agro-industrial sector. SENSAGRI proposes four advanced proof-of-concept services: (i) yield/biomass, (ii) tillage change, (iii) irrigation and (iv) advanced crop maps. The algorithms will be developed and validated in four European agricultural test areas in Spain, France, Italy and Poland, which are representative of the European crop diversity, and their usefulness demonstrated in at least two non-European countries. In order to refine the specifications of the products and to iteratively assess the services, actors of the agricultural sector will be involved using a Living Lab approach. The combination of user-cantered approach and of state-of-the-art algorithms will establish a sound foundation for deciding of a new Copernicus land service.

Tavoliere delle Puglie data acquired

Color composite of temporal VV Sentinel-1 data acquired in 2017 over the Apulian Tavoliere (R=June, G= MAy, B=April)

Francesco Mattia


Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
under Grant Agreement no 730074
STARTING DATE – Nov 1, 2016
ENDING DATE – Oct. 31, 2019

TOTAL FUNDING € 1.854.757

COST € ..
FUNDING € 353.645

  • To combine the Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar with Sentinel-2 optical and in-situ data in order to develop new applications and market opportunities for the European agricultural sector.
  • To develop prototype Copernicus services of SSM, green and brown LAI and seasonal crop type mapping and use those for proof-of-concept services of advanced agricultural monitoring products.
  • To validate delivered services and establish service demonstration cases to show the large application potential of the new upstream data products.
  • To disseminate prototype and proof-of-concept services and interact services with the agricultural sector.

CNR-ISSIA is responsible for the development of the SSM prototype service and the proof-of-concept tillage change and irrigation services. Furthermore, CNR-ISSIA is actively involved in the product service validation.




Universitat de València – Spain, Main contractor
Project Coordinator: José F. Moreno, Project Manager: Antonio Ruiz-Verdú

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Studi sui Sistemi Intelligenti per l’Automazione (CNR-ISSIA) – Italy
Group leader: Francesco Mattia

Université Paul Sabatier – Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère – France
Group leader: Eric Ceschia

Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria – Italy
Group leader: Michele Rinaldi

Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y León – Spain
Group leader: David A. Nafria

Institute of Plant Protection – Poland
Group leader: Danuta Sosnowska