1.1 Why Choose AATSR Data?
The AATSR instrument is capable of
retrieving a variety of geophysical
measurements. In order to exploit these
effectively, it is necessary to understand
exactly what AATSR measures, why the instrument has
been designed to operate in this way and
how these measurements are made.
AATSR data also offer a number of unique capabilities
and advantages over data from similar
imaging instruments. These are also
covered in this User Guide.
The results of these features are data suitable for a
wide range of potential applications. A
summary of products and applications is
provided to assist the user in
identifying the most suitable product for his or her
Subsequent sections cover the following themes:
The ENVISAT Data Policy
The conditions of data distribution for ENVISAT data
are directly related to categories of
use, as defined by the ENVISAT Data
Policy (MMO-POL-0003-EOAD: ENVISAT Data
Policy, Issue 1 Revision 0, 23 August 2000).
- Category 1 use: Research and applications
development use in support of
the mission objectives, including
research on long-term issues of Earth
System science, research and
development in preparation for
future operational use, certification of
receiving stations as part
of the ESA functions, and ESA
- Category 2 use: All other uses that do not fall
into Category 1, including
operational and commercial use.
For Category 1 users, the Data Policy, applicable for
both ERS and ENVISAT, provides the
possibility to submit Category 1 use
proposals at any time beyond the fixed dates imposed
by specific Announcements of Opportunity.
How to Order AATSR Data
To order AATSR data, please visit the How to apply page.