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Earth Topics (Applications)
Instrument type
Date of Launch:
08 April 2010
Mission Status:
Operating nominally
Orbit type:
LEO, non Sun-synchronous
CryoSat products
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Last update: 16 July 2018

CryoSat's primary payload is the SAR/Interferometric Radar Altimeter (SIRAL) which has extended capabilities to meet the measurement requirements for ice-sheet elevation and sea-ice freeboard.

CryoSat also carries three star trackers for measuring the orientation of the baseline. In addition, a radio receiver called Doppler Orbit and Radio Positioning Integration by Satellite (DORIS) and a small laser retroreflector ensures that CryoSat's position will be accurately tracked.

More detailed information on CryoSat instruments is available on the CryoSat mission page.

The following CryoSat datasets are available and distributed to registered users:

  • Level 1B and L2 Ice products: FDM, LRM, SAR and SARIn
  • Consolidated Level 2 (GDR): (LRM+SAR+SARIN) consolidated ice products over an orbit
  • Intermediate Level 2 Ice products: LRM, SAR and SARIn
  • L1b and L2 Ocean Products: GOP and IOP

Detailed information concerning each of the above datasets is available in the CryoSat Products Overview and in the news item: CryoSat Ocean Products now open to scientific community.

CryoSat Level 1B altimetric products contain time and geo-location information as well as SIRAL measurements in engineering units. Calibration corrections are included and have been applied to the window delay computations. In Offline products, geophysical corrections are computed from Analysis Auxiliary Data Files (ADFs), whereas in FDM products corrections are computed for Forecast ADFs. All corrections are included in the data products and therefore the range can be calculated by taking into account the surface type.

The Offline Level 2 LRM, SAR and SARIn ice altimetric products are generated 30 days after data acquisition and are principally dedicated to glaciologists working on sea-ice and land-ice areas. The Level 2 FDM products are near-real time ocean products, generated 2-3 hours after data acquisition, and fulfill the needs of some ocean operational services. Level 2 products contain the time of measurement, the geo-location and the height of the surface.

IOP and GOP are outputs of the CryoSat Ocean Processor. These products are dedicated to the study of ocean surfaces, and provided specifically for the needs of the oceanographic community. IOP are generated 2-3 days after data sensing acquisition and use the DORIS Preliminary Orbit. GOP are typically generated 30 days after data sensing acquisition and use the DORIS Precise Orbit. Geophysical corrections are computed from the Analysis ADFs, however following the oceanographic convention the corrections are available but not directly applied to the range (as for FDM).

Data Set Specifications
Temporal coverage: 2010 - Present
Processing level

How to access this data

In accordance with ESA Earth Observation Data Policy, all CryoSat Level 1b and Level 2 products are freely accessible to all users via anonymous access.

They can be downloaded:

The access and use of CryoSat products are regulated by the ESA's Data Policy and subject to the acceptance of the specific Terms & Conditions.

Users accessing CryoSat products are intrinsically acknowledging and accepting the above.

Terms & Conditions applicable
Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions