Altimetry of lakes and rivers

Hydroweb data access interface © Legos


Repetitivity at a high resolution

Sentinel-2 (2016) - Middle East, Jourdain Valley, Sinai © Copernicus/ESA/Cnes/Cesbio

Spot 6/7

National annual coverage

Spot Image 7 (2014) - L'Agly (Pyrénées-Orientales) © ADS 2014, Airbus Defense & Space / Spot Image distribution, France

Spot World Heritage

30 years of Spot archives

Spot 4 Image (2011) - Rift Valley (Kenya) © CNES - ADS


Monitoring at territory level

Landsat 8 Image - Gueba river (Guinea Bissau) ©NASA / USGS

Land cover map

Metropolitan France at 10 m resolution

Part of the land cover map produced on 2016 for metropolitan France using Sentinel-2 images


Very high spatial resolution on demand

Pleiades image (2013) - Lannion (Bretagne) © CNES 2014, Distribution Airbus Defense & Space / Spot Image, France


Snow masks at 20m de resolution

Snow map in the Pyrenees on 16 april 2017

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Venµs satellite first images


A few days after being placed into orbit, the French-Israeli Venµs vegetation-monitoring satellite delivered its first images.

CNES acquired the imagery from different regions of the globe starting on Thursday 17 August. The images were recorded on board the satellite, downloaded to the Kiruna receiving station in Sweden and then processed at the Toulouse Space Centre (CST).

Cultures irriguées observées par Venμs, le 17 août 2017 à proximité de Phoenix (Arizona, Etats Unis) Crédits : CNES

Irrigated crops seen near Phoenix, Arizona (United States) ©Cnes

La forêt tropicale au Pérou (région d’Ucayali) observée par Venμs le 19 août 2017 Crédits : CNES

Peruvian rainforest in the region of Ucayali ©Cnes

The images shown here are just a foretaste of Venµs’s potential for regular and frequent monitoring of land surfaces and delivering data for improving land cover maps, studying biodiversity and building models of carbon flux, crop yields and irrigation management.

Venµs’s unprecedented revisit rate, high spatial resolution, constant viewing angles and rich spectral detail will enable scientists to better understand and model land surface change being driven by climate and human activities. Venµs will also pave the way for the definition of Europe’s future Earth-observation satellites.

The Venµs mission is currently in its operational qualification phase, which is scheduled to last three months. All of its systems are being tested out and the camera settings for image processing are being calibrated from acquired imagery.

For more images and information, see presse.cnes.fr