Minimize Geographical Coverage

The SENTINEL-2 satellites will systematically acquire data over land and coastal areas in a band of latitude extending from 56° South (Isla Hornos, Cape Horn, South America) to 83° North (above Greenland). Data collection within this region will include:

  • islands greater than 100 km2 in area
  • islands in the European Union
  • all other islands within 20 km of a coastline
  • the Mediterranean Sea
  • all inland water bodies
  • all closed seas.

In addition, to support mission-linked calibration and validation activities, the SENTINEL-2 satellites will acquire additional observations over specific calibration sites, such as Dome-C in Antarctica.

Note: Areas of interest going beyond the Mission baseline (as laid out in the Mission Requirements Document) will be assessed, and may be added to the baseline if sufficient resources are identified.