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The access and use of CryoSat products are regulated by ESA's Data Policy.

Registered users have free and open access to all CryoSat systematic data (Free Dataset) acquired according to the current geographical mode mask. The following data are accessible on the CryoSat dissemination server

  • Level 1b: FDM, LRM, SAR and SARIN
  • Level 2 intermediate (L2i): LRM, SAR, SARIN
  • Level 2: FDM, LRM, SAR and SARIN
  • GDR: Level 2 (LRM+SAR+SARIN) consolidated products over an orbit from ANX to ANX

More information about products can be found in Cryosat Products Overview.

Online registration is available on the EOPI pages. The procedure foresees that after the submission of the registration form and acceptance of the Terms & Conditions, ESA will provide username and password within two working days.

Registered users may access data directly via an ftp client at or through the CryoSat User Tool (CUT) available from the Tools section.

CryoSat products are also visible on the catalogue EOLI but there is no ordering mechanism, as all data are made available systematically.

Should users wish to receive large amount of data (e.g. one year of global Level1b SAR data) or intend to propose changes to the current geographical mode mask or for any other requests falling under the Restrained Dataset (e.g. FBR), a full proposal needs to be submitted as Cat-1 project.

Once the proposal has been reviewed and approved by the Mission Manager, Tommaso Parrinello, ESA will notify the user about the outcome of the review and, if positive, how to access data.

Any requests, questions, feedback or problems relating to CryoSat products should be addressed and sent to ESA Earth Observation Helpdesk.

DORIS CryoSat data is available from the IDS Data Centers. The IDS ftp sites are provided here for information only. Any problems related to the access of DORIS data should be address directly to IDS.