THEMATIC AREA

Data

Discover and download the Earth observation data you need from the broad catalogue of missions the European Space Agency operate and support.

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Data registration and proposals profile

Access your profile to see your requested data products or registrations and proposals you have submitted. An active EO-SSO account is required.

data download

ERS PRARE FTP

Download ERS PRARE orbit products through the ESA Online Dissemination System. The data is freely available to registered users.

data download

Aeolus HTTPS

Download data from the Aeolus mission through the Aeolus Data Access service. The data is freely available without registration.

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EO-SSO registration

Learn how to register an EO-SSO account, which is required to access some data and submit proposals for data.

News

Discover the latest news on the European Space Agency's Earth Observation activities. Learn all about new data availability and how ESA's missions are performing.

general news

What are Heritage missions?

Learn more about ESA’s EO Heritage missions in our new infographic.

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scientific highlights

A Guide to Aeolus Range Bin Settings

Launched on 22 August 2018, Aeolus is the first satellite mission to acquire profiles of Earth’s wind on a global scale. After almost two years in space, its near-real time observations have been assimilated into the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models of several European meteorological services, like ECMWF, Météo-France and DWD, and have proven crucial when the grounding of airplanes during the COVID-19 pandemic led to a sharp decrease in meteorological observations.

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Announcement of Opportunity for G-POD

ESA is offering all scientists the possibility to perform bulk processing and/or validation of their own algorithms exploiting the large ESA Earth-observation archive.

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Announcement of Opportunity for Aeolus Cal/Val

An Announcement of Opportunity call is open for the Aeolus mission. Scientists, new groups and individuals are invited to participate in Aeolus Cal/Val throughout the mission lifetime.

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operational news

Aeolus and ALOS dissemination system maintenance on 31 July 2020

The Aeolus and ALOS dissemination systems will undergo maintenance on the morning of 31 July.

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operational news

ESA OTF dissemination - Maintenance on 23 July 2020

A software maintenance activity affecting the On-The-Fly (OTF) ESA data dissemination service infrastructure has been planned on 23 July 2020.

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Missions

Explore the European Space Agency's Earth Observation satellite missions. Learn all about ESA's dedicated Earth Explorers or collaborations with other agencies through the Third Party Missions programme.

Aeolus
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Aeolus

The Aeolus mission provides global observations of wind profiles from space to improve the quality of weather forecasts, and to advance our understanding of atmospheric dynamics and climate processes.

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SMOS
earth explorers

SMOS

The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is dedicated to making global observations of soil moisture over land and salinity over oceans

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Events

Learn about upcoming Earth observation conferences, workshops and training courses that the European Space Agency organise or support. Discover the results of past events, which may provide useful reference or material for your work.

EVENT - meeting

Earth Explorers for Climate - The contribution from SMOS

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SMOS mission, a special event has been organised to look at the mission's contributions to science and research over the past decade.

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EVENT - workshop

Aeolus Cal/Val and Science Workshop

The ESA organised Aeolus Cal/Val workshop will take place as a virtual workshop and will be co-hosted by EUMETSAT and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

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EVENT - conference

IGARSS 2019

World-class scientists, engineers and educators in geoscience and remote sensing gathered in Yokohama, Japan, for the 39th annual IGARSS symposium.

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EVENT - workshop

IDEAS+ Cal/Val Workshop 7

The 7th IDEAS+ Cal/Val Workshop took place on 4 and 5 June 2019 and it was hosted at the Wageningen University and Research (WUR) in The Netherlands.

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EVENT - conference

Living Planet Symposium 2019

ESA's Living Planet Symposia are amongst the biggest Earth observation conferences in the world. The events see scientists present their latest findings on Earth's environment and climate.

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EVENT - conference

EGU General Assembly 2019

The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019 took place in Vienna from 7 - 12 April 2019.

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TOOLS & TOOLBOXES

Find the tools you need to visualise, analyse and process the European Space Agency's Earth observation data.

TOOLS - visualisation

EVDC Orbit Prediction Tool

The EVDC Orbit Prediction and Overpass Tool generates and visualises satellite's overpasses. Read more

ACTIVITIES

Find the activities you need.

ACTIVITY - quality

Aeolus DISC

The Aeolus DISC is the core element in ESA's data quality framework for the Aeolus mission, comprised of an international expert consortium to study and improve the data quality of Aeolus products. Read more

INSTRUMENTS

Explore the many instruments the European Space Agency use to observe the Earth. ESA offer data from a wide range of optical, radar, atmospheric, altimetric and gravimetric instrumentation.

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PRARE (ERS-2)

Precise Range And Range-Rate Equipment (PRARE) was a microwave tracking system for the measurement of satellite to ground range and range rate.

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LRR (ERS-2)

An optical device for accurate satellite tracking from the ground to support instrument data evaluation

scatterometers

WS (ERS-2)

The ERS-2 Wind Scatterometer obtained information on wind speed and direction at the sea surface.

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MWR (ERS-2)

Used for measurement of the integrated atmospheric water vapour column & cloud liquid water content

Campaigns

Learn about the ground-based, ship-borne, balloon-borne, and airborne campaigns and small satellite field experiments that validate orbiting ESA EO satellites and support future mission development.

CoSMOS 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010

CoSMOS 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010

The Campaign for Validating the Operation of SMOS (coSMOS) was designed to acquire SMOS-like data so that the algorithms were fine-tuned and properly validated before the launch of SMOS mission in 2007.

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DOMEX-1

DOMEX-1

The purpose of the DOMEX experiment was to acquire the first combined, in-situ microwave emission measurements using C- and L-band radiometers.

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OTHER RESOURCES

Browse through mission documentation and reports, and learn more about European Space Agency Earth Observation projects and opportunities.

DOCUMENT - Product Document

16 July 2020

QA4EO SMOS Public Monthly Report - June 2020

This document provides a summary of the status and performance of SMOS over the course of the reporting month Download