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A free, full and open data policy has been adopted by the EU for the Copernicus programme, which foresees access by all users to the Sentinels core products. Outlined below are the main data access portals, however there are a number of others available that are not mentioned.
As a participant of the Copernicus Masters, you are not restricted to using a specific portal for acquiring data.
Copernicus Open Access Hub: Managed by ESA, the Copernicus Open Access Hub and provides complete, free and open access to Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 products through an interactive graphical user interface.
Following registration, users can immediately download Sentinel products generated automatically from all acquired data. Please note that depending on the mission and the acquisition time of the product, the full operational qualification may not yet be completed.
The use of Sentinel data assumes acknowledgement of the general Terms and Conditions for the use and distribution of Sentinel data. Registration is required to download the products.
If users have any questions, then they can simply contact the Services Coordinated Interface (SCI) team via email at EOSupport@Copernicus.esa.int for support, in particular for:
For further information on the Sentinel missions, you can visit the Sentinel Online portal operated by ESA. The different Use Typologies for Sentinel data and the corresponding access rights are documented in the Data Access web pages.
Copernicus Online Data Access (CODA): Managed by EUMETSAT, CODA provides access to the Sentinel-3 products through a 12-month rolling archive with access to Level 1 and Level 2 Marine data in different latency modes (Near Real-Time, Short Time Critical, Non Time Critical). In future, products from Sentinel-4 and -5 instruments and Sentinel-6 satellites.
For full information about EUMETSAT, their associated data delivery services, and user support, visit their website:
It enables developers to easily integrate maps in their Apps providing their users with compelling visualizations of Geo-information. A variety of charts are returned as PNG-image or Scalable Vector-Graphics (SVG) for client-based interaction. From time-series to snapshots from space, maps become truly interactive with the Ramani API, making smartphone Apps more engaging and fun!
The RUS Service is the “New Expert Service for Sentinel Users” funded by the European Commission, managed by the European Space Agency, and operated by CS SI and its partners. It offers:
RUS is freely available for everyone, from the first-time data users (general public, students) to specialists-users such as researchers, scientists, trainers, decision-makers and public authorities.
Data is available through the web portals operated by the various Copernicus service lines:
For the Land, Atmosphere and Marine services, anyone can access the data but registration is mandatory. Registration is free-of-charge.
For the time being, there is no common registration facility. Users interested in data coming from several web portals must therefore register on each web portal separately.
For the Emergency Management service, data production can be triggered only by “authorized users” but the maps produced by the service are available on the service web portal and can be downloaded without registering.
To facilitate and standardise access to data, the European Commission has funded the deployment of five cloud-based platforms providing centralised access to Copernicus data and information, as well as to processing tools. These platforms are known as the DIAS, or Data and Information Access Services. All DIAS platforms provide access to Copernicus Sentinel data, to the information products from Copernicus’ six operational services, and to additions commercial satellite or non-space data sets, together with cloud-based tools (open source and/or on a pay-per-use basis).
Below are the five DIAS platforms:
Copernicus is the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date. It provides accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security. This initiative is headed by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).
Copernicus is served by a family of dedicated satellites, called Sentinels, and contributing missions (existing commercial and public satellites). The Sentinel satellites are specifically designed to meet the needs of the Copernicus services and their users. Since the launch of Sentinel-1A in 2014, the European Union set in motion a process to place a constellation of almost 20 more satellites in orbit before 2030.
The Sentinels each provide a unique set of observations:
The following sources were used to create the content for this page:
Copernicus EU: http://copernicus.eu
European Space Agency: http://www.esa.int
ESA Sentinel Online: https://sentinel.esa.int/web/sentinel/home
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