Agricultural SandboxNL: A Crop Parcel Level Database Using Sentinel-1 SAR and Google Earth Engine

Vineet Kumar, Manuel Huber, Maurice Shorachi, Bjorn Rommen, Susan C. Steele-Dunne

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The systematic high temporal coverage of Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is ideal for agricultural monitoring. The availability of these data on cloud computing infrastructure eliminates the need for massive computing power to process imagery. However, their distribution as SAR imagery still limits their accessibility for non-expert users. In Agricultural SandboxNL, Copernicus Sentinel-1 imagery on the Google Earth Engine (GEE) was mined to produce a database of spatially-tagged, parcel-level backscatter for every agricultural parcel in the Netherlands from 2017 to 2019. The database includes descriptors from the publicly available Basisregistratie Gewaspercelen, allowing the user to query the database by crop type and administrative boundary for any region of interest within The Netherlands. Publication of this database reduces the burden of processing and extracting a large volume of Sentinel-1 SAR data for experts. More importantly, it provides easy access to the Sentinel-1 data for agriculture/agronomy experts with limited SAR processing experience. In addition, the GEE package Sen1byParcel developed for Agricultural SandboxNL is made publicly available so that Sentinel-1 imagery can be extracted for any user-provided shapefile.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
Place of PublicationDanvers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-0369-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-4762-1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventIGARSS 2021: 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Virtual at Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 11 Jul 202116 Jul 2021


ConferenceIGARSS 2021
CityVirtual at Brussels


  • Crops
  • Google Earth Engine (GEE)
  • Parcel
  • Sentinel-1


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