The Copernicus Sentinel-2A and -2B satellites were recently launched. Data calibration and validation activities are carried out operationally by the European Space Agency's Mission Performance Centre (MPC) and monitored by the joint EC/ESA Quality Working Group (S2QWG). These activities are complemented by independent work and expertise such as of international Calibration and Validation groups, principal investigators, data users, laboratories, and institutions.
All these experts are invited to be part of the so-called Sentinel-2 Validation Team (S2VT). The work performed by the S2VT will complement the baseline validation activities of the MPC. Thus, the objective of the S2VT is to collect independent validation evidence and experimental data to support the Sentinel-2 Mission. The S2VT also aims to provide valuable feedback on the mission core products through the experience gained by its members while exploiting Sentinel-2 data. Such recommendations will be taken up by the S2QWG and, where appropriate, will be proposed to the mission management for implementation.
To provide further visibility to the work and results of these groups, we aim to publish a Special Issue in the European Journal of Remote Sensing presenting the state-of-the-art in Sentinel-2 data calibration and validation activities. This issue is particularly relevant, as after the recent launch of the Sentinel-2B satellite, the Sentinel-2 constellation is expected to become fully operational by the end of 2017. The presented scientific work will support the implementation of the Sentinel-2 validation activities and ensure the best possible outcome for the Sentinel-2 mission.
All submissions are welcome with the restriction that works need to focus on the validation of the S2 data, in-depth data quality analysis, and possible improvements. Manuscripts on S2 data applications will not be considered.
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 data calibration and validation” in the space provided on the submission form for the name of the special issue.
EuJRS is an Open Access journal. All submissions received on or before 30 June 2017 will be published Open Access free of charge. From 1 July 2017, the standard article publishing charge (APC) will be: $500/£325/€420. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full paper submission deadline: 31 July 2017
Initial decisions on revisions or rejection: 30 September 2017
Final manuscripts submitted to EuJRS: 30 November 2017
Expected publication date: 31 December 2017
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 below.