RACE upscaling competition winners

Four out of the best weekly contributions to the Custom Script Contest – focused on the support of space assets during the COVID-19 crisis – were invited to upscale their ideas to the European level. Two of them have now been selected for integration into the RACE (Rapid Action Coronavirus Earth observation) dashboard.

The winning ideas are:

  • Truck Detection: Sensing Trade from Space – author Henrik Fisser from Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany (1st prize)
An example of detected trucks around Rotterdam, Netherlands


  • Measuring Airport Activity from Sentinel-2 Imagery to Support Decision-Making during the Pandemic – authors Mauricio Pamplona Segundo, Rodrigo Minetto, Cole Hill, Allan Pinto, Ricardo Da Silva Torres and Sudeep Sarkar (1st prize)
Charles de Gaulle Airport before the COVID-19 outbreak on 11 April 2019 and after the outbreak on 15 April 2020 as seen on the modified Sentinel-2 data processed by Euro Data Cube. — The image after the outbreak shows an increased number of parked airplanes


  • Foreseeing the Transportation Modal Shift – authors Michel Deudon and Zhichao Lin, France (2nd prize)
Boat traffic in Venice, Italy as seen by the Sentinel-2 satellite on 1 January and 5 April 2020


  • Water Quality Monitoring for Main European Rivers – authors Giulio Meucci and Francesco Mancuso, Italy (2nd prize)
Po, Piacenza — The Sentinel-2 images acquired on 6 February 2020 and 11 April 2020 show the difference in detected turbidity. Again, the levels were lower during the pandemic


Read about the ideas, their results and prizes on the full article.