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1. Available EO data resources

ESA distributes Earth observation data from ESA EO Missions, Third Party Missions (TPMs), ESA Campaigns, the Copernicus Space Component (CSC), as well as sample and auxiliary data from a number of missions and instruments.

Data distributed by ESA is available under different data policies and by various access mechanisms.


ESA Earth observation missions data

The revised ESA Earth Observation Data Policy was approved by the ESA Earth Observation Programme Board in May 2010, and applies to the ESA missions ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat, GOCE, SMOS, CryoSat and future Earth Explorer missions. The policy defines two classes of ESA datasets:

  • The free dataset includes the collections available online, and requires only a minimal fast registration through this site
  • The restrained dataset includes sets not available online – on demand products, on-demand data acquisition, some archived data etc. The data is provided free of charge in most cases, and requires the submission of a Project Proposal.


Third Party Missions data

ESA uses its multi-mission ground systems to acquire, process, archive and distribute data from satellites not owned or operated by ESA - known as Third Party Missions (TPMs).

The TPM datasets are distributed under specific agreements with the owners or operators of the mission – some sets are available under the free dataset policy and require only a fast registration, others are part of the restrained data set and require the submission of a project proposal. The data is normally free of charge. Exceptions applicable to prices and specific restrictions to the TPM data exploitation are fully described on the TPM datasets page.


ESA campaigns data

ESA has been running numerous airborne, ground-based, or balloon campaigns over different locations inside and outside Europe. The resulting datasets are available on the internet or media.


Products offered within an ESA Announcement of Opportunity (AO)

ESA periodically opens 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. The data is normally free of charge.

A project proposal is required, fitting objectives, restrictions and deadlines of the AO.


Copernicus Space Component (CSC) data

ESA coordinates the access to space-based observation data from the Sentinel missions as well as from the Copernicus Contributing Missions.

Access to the Sentinel data is free and open for the Regional, National, European and International user community. Depending on the typology of use, access is granted to the relevant data hub after self- registration. More information can be found on the Sentinel Online Data Access pages.

Data from contributing missions are instead accessible from the Coordinated Data Access System. Full information on available data, eligibility, user registration and access can be found in the Copernicus Space Component Data Access portal (CSCDA).


GRID - Processing on demand

ESA offers to scientists the possibility to perform bulk processing using their own algorithms, exploiting the large ESA Earth Observation archive and GRID computing and dynamic storage resources.

The GPOD service requires a project proposal.


Sample data and auxiliary data

ESA provides sample data for a number of instruments and product types, as well as sample sets related to specific events.

You can get auxiliary data – data files used to generate a product other than the direct measurements of the instrument – for a number of missions and instruments. The sets typically include calibration data that was measured on-board but is not part of the main measurements of the instrument; external calibration files from sources other than the satellite; processor configuration files, and any other files needed by instrument processors.

Sample and auxiliary datasets are generally provided free of charge and by direct download via the product descriptions. They do not require 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:

The list of ESA and Third Party Missions are also available in a Table which provides links to the products available for each of the mission instruments.

2. Get data procedure

2.1. Introduction

You can navigate through the list of data products in the Data Access section of this site, and then register for the products identified directly through the 'Get Data' links provided in most product descriptions.

Depending on the dataset you will be asked to follow a specific procedure before being granted access to the data.

A detailed description of the possible procedures is provided below.


2.2. Fast Registration with immediate access


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, view the 'Registration Help' page.

If the dataset requires a Fast Registration with immediate access, you will be granted access to the data immediately after registration.

The first time that you access the interface (e.g. no proposals already submitted or no systematically available data already selected), you will be requested to provide some basic information (eg: Name, Last Name, Country of residence, broad Study Area location, Application domain of your research, and a short Executive summary to explain how you plan to use the data). Once this information has been provided in the system, you will not be requested to provide it in the future again, unless you want to update it (e.g. changes in affiliation, country of residence or new research objectives).

Note: changes in the email address have to be performed directly within the EO-SSO interface at the address: https://eo-sso-idp.eo.esa.int/idp/umsso20/admin.

If not previously accepted, you will also be requested to accept legal Terms and Conditions (T&C) for the utilisation of ESA or TPM data.

At the end of the process, the product requested is added to your personal "MyEarthnet" page under the "MyOnlineData" section, together with the download URL where the dataset can be found.

If basic information has been provided and the T&C for the utilisation of the selected dataset has already been accepted, the product will automatically be added to your "MyOnline Data" without the need to complete a registration form.


2.3. Fast Registration with approval


If the dataset requires a Fast Registration with approval, the procedure will be the same as the previous one. At the end of the process, the product requested will be added to your personal "MyEarthnet" page under the "MyOnlineData" section, but no download URL will be provided.

An ESA delegate will have to approve your request. If successful, after 2-3 working days after registration, you will receive confirmation together with the details about where to access the data.


2.4. Procedures requiring evaluation


2.4.1. Data service request

You can request restrained ESA products through our Data Service Request form. Such specific services can be granted by ESA, within technical, financial or legal constraints, to users who describe and justify their needs within the Data Service Request.

Instructions for submitting a Data Service Request can be found in the submission area.

ESA's reply to the request is usually provided within a couple of weeks.


2.4.2. Full proposal

To be authorised to access on demand ESA TPM data, a full project proposal is needed. Data is provided free of charge; no programming or production fees are applied.

Through the full proposal, the Principal Investigator needs to produce detailed information about the following topics:

  • Title of the Proposal / Coordinates of Principal Investigator
  • Description of the proposal
  • Summary of data requirements
  • Acceptance of ESA Terms and Conditions for data use

The proposal can be initiated either through the Get Data button, from your personal page through the "New Project" option, or directly from the PI Community section.

To facilitate assessment English is preferred, but French is also acceptable. Should you have any problems in submitting your proposal, you can contact EOHelp.

After the receipt of your project proposal, a peer review will be carried out in line with the approval procedure. Typically, evaluation results are provided to the PI 4 to 6 weeks after submission.


2.5. External Data


For some datasets the authorisation procedure to access the data is not under ESA's control, but is directly requested through an external entity.

You can reach the corresponding site by clicking the "Get Data" button at the top right of each dataset description page.


2.6. Campaign Data

ESA Campaigns Data is described here, and the data can be accessed after submitting a registration.


2.7. 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.



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The following performance reports are available:


ESA EARSeL CNR School - Remote Sensing for Forest Fires

14 August 2019

The 4th ESA EARSeL CNR School 'Remote Sensing for Forest Fires' will take place from 30 September to 1 October 2019 at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. The purpose of this training course is to disseminate and discuss research methods and technologies of active and passive Earth Observation for applications related to forest fires.

The course has been scheduled in the same week as the 12th EARSeL Forest Fires SIG Workshop, which will take place from 3 to 5 October in Rome. This is to allow people to participate in both events.

Applications are open for early career researchers, students, PhD students and young professionals from European institutions and Canada with a background in Remote Sensing and working in topics related to wildfire. Applicants from other countries are welcome to apply subject to availability of space.

Application submission deadline: 30 August 2019

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AGU Fall Meeting 2019 - Session 'The global water cycle'

9 - 13 December 2019

The AGU Fall Meeting 2019 Conference is scheduled to take place from 09 to 13 December 2019, in San Francisco, California, USA.

 

Particularly interesting for the SMOS User community, the session "The global water cycle: Coupling and Exchanges between the ocean, land, and atmosphere" highlights water cycle research that describes linkages between the ocean, atmosphere, and land hydrology.

 

Contributions are invited on all aspects of water cycle research including analyses undertaken using in situ and spaceborne observations from current (e.g., SMAP, SMOS, GRACE-FO, GPM, GCOM-W), past (e.g., Aquarius, TRMM, GRACE), and future (e.g., SWOT, CIMR) satellite missions, estimates based on numerical models, data assimilation systems, as well as climate model projections and theoretical contributions.

 

We particularly welcome studies that consider multiple realms (the ocean, atmosphere, land surface and subsurface), and provide compelling evidence for linkages between these, describing coherent water cycle variability and change.

 

We welcome global and regional assessments across these interfaces, and contributions that demonstrate what needs to be observed to ensure that long-term changes in the water cycle are accurately quantified.

 

Online registration to the meeting will open in late August


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SPIE Remote Sensing

9 - 12 September 2019

The 2019 SPIE Remote Sensing symposium will be held at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg, France, from 9 to 12 September 2019.

 

The event, Co-located with SPIE Security + Defence, will offers engineers, scientists, programme managers and policy makers access to the latest developments in Earth observation, next generation satellites, atmospheric propagation, and imaging analytics. 

 

More details can be found in the event programme.

 

Early registration deadline: 19 August 2019


EOHelp service closed on 15 August 2019

14 August 2019

The EOHelp service will be unavailable on Thursday 15 August 2019 for the ESA-ESRIN Assumption Day (Ferragosto) holiday closure.

Data Examples – CryoSat Baseline-D Ice Products (NetCDF)

Provided below are some example CryoSat Ice Products in NetCDF processed with the new Baseline-D Ice processors. The data sample comprises L1B and L2 Offline data products for 1 July 2019 (00:00 – 02:00).

These data samples are intended for the purpose of becoming familiar with the format of the new CryoSat Ice Products. For more information about these products, please refer to the Level 1B Product Format Specification and L2 Product Format Specification documents.

Find out how to access the full dataset of CryoSat Ice Products.


Data Examples – CryoSat Baseline-C Ocean Products (NetCDF)

Provided below are some examples of the CryoSat Ocean Products in NetCDF processed with the Baseline-C Ocean Processors. The Ocean Processors process Level 0 LRM, SAR and SARIn data to L1B and L2 ocean products. Baseline-C introduced three classes of products, each with different delivery latencies:

  • Near-Real Time Ocean Products (NOP) – delivered 3 hours after acquisition
  • Intermediate Ocean Products (IOP) – delivered 48 hours after acquisition
  • Geophysical Ocean Products (GOP) – delivered 30 days after acquisition

These products are then further classified according to the acquisition mode (LRM, SAR and SARIn). For more information on the NetCDF Ocean Products, please refer to the Ocean Product Format Specification document.

Additionally, global Pole-to-Pole (P2P) products are concatenated multi-mode L2 products generated for IOP and GOP. Two P2P products are generated per orbit, spanning between the North and South poles and combining successive IOP and GOP products respectively. It should be noted that the P2P products have been given the same product name as the Baseline-B L2 IOP and GOP but do not have the same content, frequency or size.

Below is a sample of L1B and L2 GOP data for 21 August 2011 (00:00 – 04:00). Data samples are only provided for GOP, however please note that the format of these products is representative of the IOP and NOP data; the processing of these products is the same and the only difference lies in the use of different input auxiliary files.

These data samples are intended only for the purpose of becoming familiar with the format of the CryoSat Ocean Products.


Data Examples - CryoSat Baseline-C Ice Products

Provided below are some examples of the CryoSat Ice Products processed with the Baseline-C LRM, SAR and SARIn Ice processors. Both L1B and L2 products are provided for 1 January 2016.

These data samples are intended only for the purpose of becoming familiar with the format of the CryoSat Science Products from Baseline-C. For more information on the format of the Level 1B and Level 2 Science Data products, please download the L1B Product Format Specification and L2 Product Format Specification documents.


Data Examples - CryoSat Baseline-B Ocean Products (Earth Explorer Format)

Provided below are some examples of the CryoSat Ocean Products in Earth Explorer Format processed with the Baseline-B Ocean Processors. The Baseline-B Ocean Processors process Level 0 LRM and SAR data to generate two classes of products, each with different delivery latencies:

  • Intermediate Ocean Products (IOP) – delivered 48 hours after acquisition
  • Geophysical Ocean Products (GOP) – delivered 30 days after acquisition

Both L1B and L2 products are provided for 1 July 2013. These data samples are intended only for the purpose of becoming familiar with the format of the CryoSat Ocean Products. For more information on the format of the LB and L2 IOP and GOP (Earth Explorer Format), please download the IOP and GOP Product Format Specification document.