ESA Phi Week 2019

From 9 – 13 September 2019 the Phi week, organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), took place in its ESRIN facilities in Frascati near Rome. This interactive conference concentrates on topics of EO Open Science and Future EO. It responds to the last developments in EO Open Science and future trends. Beyond the classical oral and poster sessions the Phi week included a variety of side events such as workshops, round tables, hackathons and start up tables. In the 5th edition of the Phi Week (until 2017 the conference was called “Earth Observation Open Science Conference”) the prominent topic was AI filling 8 out of 14 oral presentation blocks. Other topics were EO Open initiatives in academia and industry as well as future trends in EO. As an outlook mega constellations were presented coming along with the already known problem of space debris.

Due to the overwhelming demand before the conference, online participation during the talks and presentations was enabled through a streaming service. All oral contributions were recorded and are stored under following link:


Check out the final overview from this event:

Using this link you may rewatch the sessions!

Enjoy the presentations and discussion about most recent trends in EO Open Science!

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The latest high-resolution imagery at your fingertips

The quality of any satellite image is determined by its spatial resolution, and from this perspective, high-resolution imagery is undoubtedly beyond competition as it provides frequency, accuracy and detail like no other.

And to stay ahead of the curve,  EOS has partnered with four top high-resolution imagery providers – Airbus Defense and Space, SI Imaging Services, SpaceWill, 21AT – so that you can purchase the latest images directly from LandViewer, the official high-res data reseller, or view the images of your area of interest in high resolution on the map.

In other words, LandViewer collects the latest up to date satellite imagery from world-leading commercial satellite providers and incorporates it into one easy-to-use platform. This collection is constantly being boosted with new sensors, but, first things first.

Commercial imagery for viewing

Currently, LandViewer offers two data sources of commercial imagery:

  • High-resolution imagery (for analytics) – to find and purchase high-resolution images for further in-depth analysis. In this case, the price is based on the size of the area of intersection between the selected image and your area of interest (AOI).

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  • High-resolution imagery (view only) – to view high-resolution images for your area of interest (AOI). In this case, the price is based on the number of tiles within your AOI.

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High-resolution imagery (view only) has been recently designed as a stand-alone data source with an aim to make it accessible, affordable and usable for the everyday business user.

High-resolution imagery (view only) High-resolution imagery (for analytics)
Product: Picture Product: bundle or pansharpened imagery  was georeferenced or orthorectified
Data source:

DigitalGlobe (WorldView 2, 3, 4, GeoEye 1)

Data source:


AirBus (Pleiades 1a/1b, SPOT 5/ 6/7),

SpaceWill (SuperView 1a/1b/1c/1d, Gaofen 1/2, -Ziyuan 3)

21AT (TripleSat 1/2/3)

Format: Jpeg (“rgb composite”) Format: GeoTIFF with bands and metadata file
Application: View without downloading Application: download and using for analytics
Delivery: Online upload right after purchase Delivery: Directly on your EOS Storage account within 1-2 days


Our unique selling proposition (USP)

The use of commercial imagery from LandViewer with a resolution between 0,3m and 1.5m means you can take a closer look at any asset of interest, anywhere in the world. And, in case you don’t need to use the imagery for further in-depth analytics, it’s possible to just view the images at just 0.7$ per tile, which is a real cost and time-saving proposition.

For this purpose, our software collects a huge amount of fresh satellite imagery acquired by our partners with a resolution of 30 and 40cm. This means that when images are viewed on the LandViewer platform, 1 pixel on the screen represents 30cm – 40cm on the ground.

Use the feature quickly and easily

The desired high-resolution images are just several clicks away, and launching the feature is very simple. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Set your AOI (upload, draw)- The list of high-resolution (view only) imagery is generated according to the specified AOI. We also added one demo AOI, which already contains a list of the most suitable high-resolution images to allow you to test it and understand how it works. Try it prior to adding your own.high-resolution imagery - EOS
  2. Check metadata – Displayed once you hover over the selected image. Make sure the image covers 100% of your area of interest. The details of the image are displayed directly on the image to allow you to make sure it is the image you need prior to paid viewing.high-resolution imagery - EOS
  3. Confirm viewing – Once you confirm viewing, your account will be charged a single amount based on the number of tiles within your AOI. The information on the number of the tiles, the price for 1 tile (0.7$), and the final price for viewing the image are specified in the payment pop-up.high-resolution imagery - EOS
  4. Make a one-time payment in a few clicks. Once you click the image and make the payment, the available for viewing high-resolution image will appear on the map.high-resolution imagery - EOS


Extra bonuses from LandViewer

On top of the many unrivalled pros of the high-resolution data viewing option, LandViewer has prepared some extra goodies for its users. These are:

  • All the viewed images are filtered and saved in the “Free available (viewer mode)” tab, so you don’t have to pay twice to view the same image.
  • There are no size and quantity limits for the saved AOIs. All the saved AOIs appear in the “My AOI” tab by default.
  • The payment procedure is really fast and easy. All you need to do is check the payment details and click “Pay”.
  • It takes just a few minutes to display your high-res image on the map.

Most popular fields of application

The option to view high-resolution satellite imagery has a huge range of applications – from forestry to disaster relief operations. Let’s consider the most popular ones.

Construction Development

Objective track construction progress.

Customer construction developers, brokers, builders, project managers, and other real estate market players.

Solution – The service allows you to visualize and detect changes in the construction process as well as define the dynamics of such changes. This is of particular use to companies who invest in construction projects abroad and in countries with a tense political situation, as it is much easier to buy several images and take a few minutes to compare them than involve experts to monitor the construction sites, thereby wasting the most valuable resources –  time and money.

Description The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in the United Arab Emirates created through land reclamation by Nakheel which extends into the Persian Gulf. It is part of a larger series of developments called the Palm Islands, including Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, which, when completed, will together increase Dubai’s shoreline by a total of 520 kilometres (320 mi). It has an estimated population of 10,500 as of 2016. It is located on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

Construction of the Palm Jumeirah island began in June 2001, and the developers announced the handover of the first residential units in 2006.

In early October 2007, the Palm Jumeirah had already become the world’s largest artificial island. Also at this time, 75% of properties were ready to hand over, with 500 families already residing on the island. By the end of 2009, 28 hotels had been opened on the Crescent.

Picture_1  – Construction of the Palm Jumeirah island began in June 2001.

Picture_2 The developers announced the handover of the first residential units in 2006.


Natural disasters

Objective Monitoring of natural disasters and other acts of nature

Customer Disaster relief, Search and Development Establishments

Solution -The service allows you to visualize and track environmental changes around the globe – glaciers melting, changing coastlines, rivers, and lakes, assessment of damage caused by fires, floods and earthquakes, and identify abnormal changes to water resources and flora, etc.

Siberia chokes on forest fire smog, July 2019

Description   –  Large fires are an annual occurrence in Siberia, but this summer, smoke has enveloped some of its largest cities, including Krasnoyarsk, and locals are angry at what they perceive as government inaction. Though authorities have now increased efforts to put out the blazes, the fires are continuing to expand.

Russia’s Aerial Forest Protection Service said it is battling 161 fires across 140,000 hectares (350,000 acres) of forest.

However, it has given up on 295 fires over 2.4 million hectares of “distant or hard-to-reach territories” and is simply monitoring them from space, the service said.

Picture_1 Pre-disaster

Picture_2 Post-disaster



Objective Monitoring of crops, harvest, land cover

Customer Insurers, agro-traders, farmers and other agricultural market players

Solution – The service allows you to visualize and track changes in land cover, crop growth, field state, crop rotation, loss assessment, and risk prediction, among others.


Monitoring the harvesting of the rapeseed field

Description: For only one month of the new season, Ukraine exported nearly 13% of the general harvest of new crop rapeseed. In particular, Ukraine shipped 80.6% of the export volumes of the product to EU countries. At the same time, rapeseed by-products, including Ukrainian rapeseed oil and meal, are in demand on the global market.

In July of 2018/19 MY, the exports of rapeseed oil from Ukraine increased 8.7 times compared with the same period of 2017/18 MY. The supplied volumes to the EU totaled 81% of the general exports of the product from Ukraine. Also, Ukraine shipped 100% of rapeseed meal exports to EU countries.

Picture_1 – June 2019, crop growth

Picture_2 – July 2019, the end of harvesting

Result: Insurers and agro traders are able to elaborate on crop procurement and logistic spending plans in the most effective way.

Check LandViewer’s step-by-step user-guide to find detailed instructions on how to work with Change Detection, or feel free to email us at

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