How to access EO data
ESA distributes data from ESA EO Missions, ESA Campaigns, the GMES Space Component (GSC), and Third Party Missions (TPMs).
Here's an overview of the ways you can get Earth Observation data from ESA.
Access free online ESA and TPM data through 'My EarthOnline' fast registration
You can access free, online datasets
easily through our fast registration interface. If you are a registered user, just log in and go to the 'My EarthOnline' area of this site. If you’re not yet registered, download the ‘Registration Help’ document.
In your personal area in My EarthOnline you can select among the free datasets available online, and you can access the majority of them directly either through your web browser, or by using ftp from the command line of your computer. Access to free, online datasets is provided immediately upon registration in most cases; in 2-3 working days after registration when specific account configuration is required.
You can also navigate through the list of data products in the Data Access section of this site, and then register the products identified directly through the ‘Get Data’ links provided in most product descriptions.
Access restrained ESA and TPM data sets by submitting a 'My EarthOnline' project proposal
On demand ESA products are made available for free: you must however provide a project proposal through the ‘My EarthOnline' area in this site, to allow ESA to define a product/programming quota for the project.
If you are a registered user, just log in and go to the 'My EarthOnline area of this site. If you’re not yet registered, download the ‘Registration Help’ document.
The notification of the quota is typically sent to the user after about eight weeks. Data orders for approved Category-1 projects then be submitted either on line (via the EOLI-SA catalogue browser) or by e-mail.
Access data offered within an ESA Announcement of Opportunity
ESA periodically opens specific Announcements of Opportunity (AOs), offering the possibility to conduct sciences and operational application research using various data products available following the specific rules set in the main text of the AO (normally free of charge).
You can find the current open announcements here. A project proposal is required, fitting objectives, restrictions and deadlines of the AO. The details for submitting a proposal are given in the AO text.
Access ESA's online collections through the multi-mission data catalogues
Our multi-mission data catalogues also give you access to ESA’s online collections and provide an intuitive way of selecting and ordering Earth Observation products. With our catalogues you can:
Orders for accepted Category-1 projects can be submitted either on line (via EOLI-SA) or by e-mail.
Access systematically available data through the online archives
The Online Archives page contains a list of links and descriptions of online archives, from where a large volume of Envisat, ERS, Proba and Kompsat data are systematically available.
You will need a 'My EarthOnline' fast registration on this site to access the online archives.
Access ESA Campaigns Data
ESA Campaigns Data is described here, and can be accessed after submitting registration.
Additonal data access resources
In addition to the Data Access area of this site, you can find a number of resources for access to the data of specific missions. Here are a few:
For more information on how to order EO data please contact the Earth Observation Helpdesk Team.
How to access EO data