Validation of biophysical products from Proba-V and Sentinel-2/3 satellites

Land Products Validation and Characterisation in support to Proba-V, S-2 and S-3 missions

Project Category: ESA Express Procurement Plus – EXPRO+
Duration of the project: 1.04.2016 – 31.12.2018
Acronym of the project: LPVP
Reference: ESA-IPL-POE-SBo-sp-RFP-2015-708

Principal Investigator: prof. Katarzyna Dabrowska-Zielinska, Remote Sensing Centre IGiK
email:, phone: +48 22 3291974

The objectives of the project are: 1) to develop and test a methodology for deriving biophysical variables from the synergetic exploitation of current and future ESA optical sensor missions (Proba-V, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3) and additional EO and ancillary data, 2) to contribute to the definition of the land products validation approach for the current and future ESA optical missions; 3) to plan and carry out field campaigns measurements of: vegetation cover LAI, fAPAR, carbon balance, biomass wet and dry, soil moisture, vegetation phenology, vegetation hazards, crop yield, biomass growth. These measurements will be taken at wetland and agricultural areas in Poland and used for validation of derived EO remote sensing data; 4)t o contribute to the assessment of products quality and calibration performances for the relevant ESA optical missions; 5) to support Proba-V, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 Cal/Val activities and support activity of ESA’s Sensor Performances, Products and Algorithm (SPPA) section, which is responsible for mission end-to-end performances assessment, algorithm evolution and Cal-Val activities and 6) to support the exploitation of the derived products for various land applications as wetlands and agriculture monitoring.


  • Dabrowska-Zielinska K., Bartold M., Gurdak R., Gatkowska M., Kiryla W., Bochenek Z., Malinska A., 2018, Crop Yield Modelling Applying Leaf Area Index Estimated from Sentinel-2 and Proba-V Data at JECAM site in Poland, Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 22 - 27 July 2018, Valencia, Spain. doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8519120 PAPER
  • Bochenek Z., Dąbrowska-Zielińska K., Gurdak R., Niro F., Bartold M., Grzybowski P., 2017, Validation of the LAI biophysical product derived from Sentinel-2 and Proba-V images for winter wheat in western Poland, Geoinformation Issues, Vol. 9, No. 1(9), pp. 15-26. doi:10.34867/gi.2017.2 PAPER

Participation in conferences/workshops:

  • Gurdak R., Bartold M., Bochenek Z., Dabrowska-Zielinska K., 2018, Analysis of spatial resolution impact on estimated biophysical parameters applying Proba-V and Sentinel-2 data, 29 - 31 May 2018, Ostend, Belgium. POSTER
  • Dabrowska-Zielinska K., Musial J., Kowalik W., Kiryla W., Bartold M., Gurdak R., 2018, Validation of Temperature Sentinel-3 for agriculture and wetlands in Poland, LPVE - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution, 27 February - 1 March 2018, Frascati (Rome), Italy. POSTER
  • Gurdak R., Dabrowska-Zielinska K., Bartold M., Bochenek Z., 2018, Comparison of different methods for estimates of vegetation biophysical parameters applying in-situ data and Sentinel-2, Proba-V Data, LPVE - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution, 27 February - 1 March 2018, Frascati (Rome), Italy. POSTER
  • Dabrowska-Zielinska K., Niro F., Bochenek Z., Gurdak R., Bartold M., Grzybowski P., 2017, Land products validation of Sentinel-2, Proba-V and Sentinel-3 missions for agriculture and grasslands areas: comparison to Copernicus biophysical parameters, SPIE. Remote Sensing, 11-14 September 2017, Warsaw. POSTER
  • Dabrowska-Zielinska K., Gurdak R., Bochenek Z., Bartold M., Niro F., 2017, Ground Measurements of Soil Vegetation Parameters in Poland Cropland and Wetland Areas in Support to Proba-V, S-2 and S-3 Cal/Val Activities, FLEX 2017 Workshop, 17-19 January 2017, Frascati, Italy. POSTER
  • Dabrowska - Zielinska K., Niro F., Gatkowska M., Bochenek Z., Bartold M., 2016, Land Products Validation and Characterisation in support to Proba-V, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions, Living Planet Symposium, 9-13 May 2016, Prague. POSTER