About Spirits


SPIRITS (Software for the Processing and Interpretation of Remotely Sensed Image Time Series) was developed by VITO for the Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS unit (MARS) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC). The software aims to facilitate the analysis of time series of low and medium resolution remote sensing images. It is the result of a long-standing experience in image data processing, maturated at JRC-MARS and VITO since the early nineties. The software was originally developed as a toolbox for crop monitoring with remote sensing, but has evolved into an independent tool for the processing and analysis of time series of raster data.


SPIRITS was programmed by Dominique Haesen and Herman Eerens from VITO. From the side of JRC-MARS the developments were guided by Felix Rembold. In addition, the software further benefited from contributions from various JRC-MARS and VITO researchers, who used the software in their own work or for training sessions in Africa and abroad.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations financially supported the development of a number of additional modules which were specifically developed in the frame of FAO’s Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS).

Ownership and distribution

The European Union is the owner of the copyright and other intellectual and industrial property rights, trade secrets, and know-how related to the Software over which is has the power of disposal regardless geographical or other limitations.
Subject to compliance with the terms of this licence, the European Union grants the User a personal, non-exclusive and royalty-free licence to Use the Software and Software Package. See the end-user licence agreement for more details.


jrc-spirits [at] ec.europa.eu