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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.

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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.

data description

ERS-1/2 Radar Altimeter REAPER Geophysical Data Record - GDR [ERS_ALT_2]

This is a RA Geophysical Data Record (GDR) product containing radar range, orbital altitude, wind speed, wave height and water vapour from the A...

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ERS-1/2 Radar Altimeter REAPER METEO Product - [ERS_ALT_2M]

This is a RA Meteo product containing only the 1 Hz parameters for altimeter (surface range, satellite altitude, wind speed and significant wave...

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

Mission continuity

Long-term availability of Earth observation data from a given instrument is crucial to many data users and their research—but just how does it work?

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operational news

Updated Precise Orbit data (POD) for the full ERS-1 and ERS-2 mission available

The Precise Orbit files (ERS.ORB.POD) for the entire ERS-1 and ERS-2 mission periods have been reprocessed with up-to-date standards.

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operational news

ERS-1 Scatterometer L2 dataset processed with ASPS v10.04 is available online

The reprocessed dataset together with corresponding ERS-2 data is now available.

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scientific highlights

A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable

Scientists have discovered warming ocean waters have caused ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected.

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operational news

Envisat-ERS (A)SAR - Enhanced Dissemination Service

ESA is pleased to announce the release of several new features as part of the ESA On-The-Fly data processing and dissemination service.

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general news

Handing over Metop-C

Mission teams at ESA's ESOC operations centre in Germany handed control of the recently launched Metop-C satellite to EUMETSAT.

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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.

ERS
heritage missions

ERS

The ERS programme was composed of two missions, ERS-1 and ERS-2, which together observed the Earth for 20 years, from 1991 to 2011.

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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 - analysis

SNAP

SNAP is a common architecture for all Sentinel Toolboxes. Read more

ACTIVITIES

Find the activities you need.

ACTIVITY - quality

SCIRoCCo

The SCIRoCCo project is an interdisciplinary cooperation of scatterometry experts aimed at promoting the continuing exploitation of ESA's unique 20 years' worth of ERS Scatterometer data. 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.

scatterometers

WS (ERS-2)

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

a-altimeters

RA (ERS-2)

The RA on ERS-2 was a Ku-band nadir-pointing active microwave sensor designed to measure echoes from ocean and ice surfaces.

a-spectrometers-radiometers

ATSR-2

Used for measuring sea-surface temperatures, cloud-top temperatures and vegetation monitoring.

scatterometers

SAR (ERS-2)

The SAR instrument aboard ERS-2 was capable of high precision change detection of surface heights.

OTHER RESOURCES

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

DOCUMENT - Product Handbook

6 Dec 2019

AVHRR-Handbook.pdf

The AVHRR user handbook provides details about the content of the consolidated and harmonised data set archived at ESA facilities. Download