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Copernicus Sentinel-2 data to estimate soil organic carbon in croplands

03 May 2019

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One of the main threats for soil degradation is the decline of soil organic carbon - the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites are currently being exploited to monitor soil conditions in croplands, in turn supporting the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union.

Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is a key property for soil quality and food production, as recognised by the European Union, who considers its decline in European soils as one of the main threats for soil degradation.

Source: Sentinel Online

Image credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)/ processed by F. Castaldi et al. 2019 - SOC maps of a singular field in north-eastern Germany.

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