How to get Earth observation data

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How do you go about obtaining ESA Earth observation data products for your own use? The answer depends on the type of Earth observation data needed.

Free dataset

Most of the ESA Earth observation datasets are available on the Internet free of charge. Access is granted after user registration through the Earth Observation Principal Investigator Portal, which also provides the detailed content of the free datasets.

Restrained dataset

Some data products are generated only after specific user requests, as ESA may not have the capacity to generate all possible products systematically and make them all available online (e.g. SAR data).

This group of datasets is called the 'restrained dataset', which is provided free of charge. Potential users must first provide a project proposal, allowing ESA to define a product/programming quota. Project proposals are submitted through the Earth Observation Principal Investigator Portal.

SAR data users that need more data or have a high priority for SAR instrument programming also have the possibility to purchase data through ESA distributing entities (EMMA by Eurimage and SARCOM by Spot Image).

Multi-mission Earth Observation Portal

Bam interferogram with 0.6 m baseline

The Multi-mission Earth Observation Portal functions as an authoritative one-stop access point for a wide variety of Earth observation resources. It features a directory to locate projects, services and datasets and provides direct access to satellite data as well as map servers and cartographic material.

Data Products overview

To learn the full details of ESA's Earth observation products available for each satellite mission, visit the ESA Data Products Overview page. Here, you can browse products by satellite and instrument or by application and processing level.

For more information, please contact the Earth observation helpdesk team.

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