Minimize Level-2 VGP

The Level-2 VGP SYN product (SY_2_VGP) is produced by the Global Synergy Level-1/2 software and contains 1 km VEGETATION-like product TOA reflectances.

The "1 km VEGETATION-like product" label means that measurements are provided on a regular latitude-longitude grid, with an equatorial sampling distance of approximately 1 km. This product is restricted in longitude, including only filled ones.

This product is referred to as SPOT Continuity Product, adapted for scientific applications requiring highly accurate physical measurements. As a consequence, data are corrected for systematic errors (such as error registration of the different channels or calibration of all the detectors along the line-array detectors for each spectral band) and resamples to predefined geographic projections.

 

The measurements files focus on four specific spectral bands.

  • B0 channel, corresponding to blue spectral region with a central wavelength of 450 nm (computed using OLCI bands (Oa2 and Oa3)).
  • B2 channel, corresponding to red spectral region and with a central wavelength of 645 nm (computed using OLCI bands (Oa6 to Oa10)).
  • B3 channel, corresponding to NIR spectral region and with a central wavelength of 835 nm (computed using OLCI bands (Oa16 to Oa21)).
  • MIR channel, corresponding to SWIR spectral region and with a central wavelength of 1665 nm (computed using SLSTR bands (S5 and S6)).

Several additional pieces of information are contained in this product but provided on a sub-sampled grid (every 16th pixel).

  • Status flags providing information about cloud, ice, snow or land presence and information about quality of spectral channel measurement.
  • Geometric viewing conditions (view zenith and azimuth, sun zenith and azimuth).
  • Aerosol optical thickness.
  • Total column ozone.
  • Total column water vapour.