Thematic Areas and Services

SENTINEL-1 - thematic areas

The mission will benefit numerous services. For example, services that relate to:

  • monitoring of Arctic sea-ice extent
  • routine sea-ice mapping
  • surveillance of the marine environment, including oil-spill monitoring
  • ship detection for maritime security
  • monitoring land-surface for motion risks
  • mapping for forest, water and soil management
  • mapping to support humanitarian aid and crisis situations.

SENTINEL-1 will be the primary source of data for information on the oceans and the Arctic. The mission's ability to provide observation in all weather, and in day or night time conditions, makes it ideal for maritime and Arctic monitoring.

SENTINEL-1 dual polarimetric products will benefit users interested in agriculture, forestry and land cover classification. The enhanced interferometric capabilities will benefit users involved in activities like geohazard monitoring, mining, geology and city planning through subsidence risk assessment.

SENTINEL security users will be able to monitor major shipping routes to detect illegal activities, gather prosecution evidence in case of illegal discharges, detect unexpected building in remote areas, monitor deforestation and support search and rescue activities.

The rapid data dissemination and short revisit cycles of SENTINEL-1 together with its interferometric capabilities will also benefit emergency response users, such as the United Nations International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, in emergency situations such as floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides.

Further information on Copernicus thematic areas can be found here.

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