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Guanter, Luis; Kaufmann, Hermann; Förster, Saskia; Brosinsky, A.; Wulf, H.; Bochow, M.; Boesche, N.; Brell, M.; Buddenbaum, Henning; Chabrillat, Sabine; Hank, Tobias; Heiden, Uta; Hill, Joachim; Heim, B.; Heldens, W.; Hollstein, Andre; Hostert, Patrick; Krasemann, Hajo; Leitão, Pedro J.; Linden, Sebastian van der; Mauser, Wolfram; Mielke, C.; Segl, Karl; Mueller, Andreas; Röttgers, R.; Roessner, S.; Staenz, Karl; Schneiderhan, T. and Oppelt, N. (2016): EnMAP Science Plan.

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The scope of the Science Plan is to describe the scientific background, applications, and activities related to the Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) mission. Primarily, the document addresses scientists and funding institutions, but it may also be of interest for environmental stakeholders and governmental bodies. It is conceived to be a living document that will be updated throughout the entire mission. Chapter 1 provides a brief overview of the principles and current state of imaging spectroscopy. This is followed by an introduction to the EnMAP mission, including its objectives and potential impact on international programs as well as major environmental and societal challenges to their understanding and management EnMAP can contribute. Chapter 2 describes the EnMAP system together with data products and access, calibration/validation issues, and synergies with other missions. Chapter 3 gives an overview of the relevance, current lines of research, and potential contributions of EnMAP for major fields of application, such as vegetation, geology and soils, coastal and inland waters, cryosphere, urban areas, atmosphere and hazards to address the environmental and societal challenges presented in Chapter 1. Finally, Chapter 4 outlines the scientific exploitation strategy, which includes the strategy for community building and training, preparatory flight campaigns and software developments. A list of abbreviations is provided in the annex to this document, while an extended glossary of terms and abbreviations is available at the EnMAP website.

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