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European Journal of Remote Sensing

Special Issue

Included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the journal publishes research on all applications of active or passive remote sensing technologies related to terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric environments.

Sentinel-2 Calibration and Validation, on the verge of full operationality

European Journal of Remote Sensing, Special Issue

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Copernicus Sentinel-2A and -2B Data Calibration and Validation activities run by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mission Performance Centre (MPC) and monitored by a Quality Working Group (S2QWG), composed of representatives from the European Commission / ESA and the Copernicus Services. These activities are supported and complemented by independent scientists and experts who are invited to gather generally once a year at the so called Sentinel-2 Validation Team (S2VT) meeting. On this occasion, they discuss and evaluate Sentinel-2 (AB)’s data quality, baseline validation and calibration works performed by the MPC and present their own activities, findings and conclusions. Feedback from the gathering has proven to be very valuable, and many of the recommendations have been taken up by the S2QWG and, moreover, were proposed to the mission management for implementation.

To provide further visibility to the work and results of these teams, we aim to publish a Special Issue in the European Journal of Remote Sensing presenting on the state-of-the-art in Sentinel-2 data calibration and validation activities. This issue is particularly relevant, as after the launch of the Sentinel-2B satellite two years ago, the Sentinel-2 constellation is operational and S2A and S2B validation activities are very important to ensure the best possible outcome for the Sentinel-2 mission.

This Special Issue welcomes papers based on Sentinel-2 cal/val and related activities, such as:

  1. Validation procedures of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 Level-1 and Level-2A products (radiometry and geometry),
  2. Valid calibration and validation methods of the Sentinel-2 constellation,
  3. The validation of combined time series using Sentinel-2A and -2B products,
  4. The calibration and validation of combined time series using the Sentinel-2 constellation with other earth observation satellites’ data

Guest Editors

Zoltan Szantoi
European Commission

Peter Strobl
European Commission

Valentina Boccia
European Space Agency

Ferran Gascon
European Space Agency

Important Dates


Full paper submission deadline

Initial decisions on revisions or rejection

Final manuscripts submitted to EuJRS

Expected publication date

Articles will be available online approximately one month after acceptance, final technical review and the completion of revisions for compliance with journal format.

If you have any specific questions about the special issue, please contact the guest editors listed.

How to Submit your Manuscript

All submissions will be peer reviewed according to the European Journal of Remote Sensing (EuJRS) guidelines. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published or be under review elsewhere.

Prospective authors should consult the Instructions for Authors page on the journal website for guidelines and information on paper formatting and submission.

Authors should submit manuscripts using the EuJRS manuscript central system at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tejr. Please choose 'EuJRS Special Issue Paper' from the 'Manuscript Type' picklist on the submission form, irrespective of the paper type (i.e. even if your paper would normally be classified as a Research Paper, or Review Article). Also, please enter “Sentinel-2 Calibration and Validation - on the verge of full operationality” in the space provided on the submission form for the name of the special issue.

EuJRS is an Open Access journal. The standard article publishing charge (APC) will be: $700 / £540 / €620, The APC for members of AIT/EARSeL is $490 / £380 / €435. Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to local taxes.

Should you have any submission questions, please contact Patrizia Rossi, Administrator of EuJRS at: patrizia.rossi@unifi.it