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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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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...

Data Description

ERS-1/2 Radar Altimeter REAPER Sensor Geophysical Data Record - SGDR [ERS_ALT_2S]

This is a RA Sensor Geophysical Data Record (SDGR) product containing all of the parameters found in the REAPER GDR product (ERS_ALT_2_) with th...

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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PRARE Precise Orbit Product (ERS.ORB.POD)

The precise orbit results from a data reduction process in which all available tracking data (Single-Lens Reflex, radar altimeter crossovers, PR...

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

The Earthnet Programme: 40 years of evolution and future challenges

ESA's Earthnet Programme provided the initial means to access and exploit Earth Observation data.

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Announcement of Opportunity

New ESA AO of Planet deadline announced for the end of August

A new extension has been announced for the ESA AO of Planet, until end of August.

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General News

Forty years of heritage data highlight warming European lakes

In the last decade, climate change has taken centre stage in both the public and scientific arenas, as increasingly extreme weather and human impact on the environment have become more apparent.

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Operational News

ESA OTF dissemination - Maintenance on 18 May 2020

A software maintenance activity affecting the On-The-Fly (OTF) ESA data dissemination service infrastructure has been planned on 18 May.

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General News

New Earth Online Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest news in our newsletter.

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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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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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NOAA
Third Party Missions

NOAA

NOAA's AVHRR sensor is carried on the POES mission, a constellation of polar orbiting weather satellites.

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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 - 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 - 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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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 - Cal/Val activities

UV nadir viewing galleries

Atmospheric chemistry nadir observation from space now spans nearly forty years. The early UVN (UV nadir missions) mainly focused on measuring ozone. 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.

a-scatterometers

Heritage Missions

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