Minimize Access to ESA Earth Observation data by Copernicus users

ESA missions data (Envisat, ERS-1, ERS-2, CryoSat and SMOS) are fully available to Copernicus users and are free of charge.

The corresponding EO data collections are made available under a free dataset policy only requiring a fast registration for data available online (free datasets) while the restrained datasets access requires a different process: both are explained below .

Available ESA EO data collections
  • Envisat data collection: Envisat (ENVIronmental SATellite) was an advanced polar-orbiting Earth observation satellite providing measurements of atmosphere, ocean, land, and ice over 10 years of operations from 2002 to 2012. It was equipped with advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR), a medium-resolution spectrometer (MERIS) sensitive to both land features and ocean colour, a temperature-measuring radiometer instruments (AATSR) , Radar Altimeter (RA), plus three atmospheric sensors (MIPAS, GOMOS and SCIAMACHY).
    Click Here to see the list of all Envisat Data collections.
  • ERS data collection: ERS-1 and –2 were launched into the same orbit in 1991 and 1995 respectively. Their payloads included a synthetic aperture imaging radar (SAR), radar altimeter (RA), microwave sounder (MWS) and instruments to measure ocean surface temperature (ATSR) and wind fields (WS). ERS-2 added an additional sensor for atmospheric ozone monitoring (GOME). The two satellites acquired a combined data set extending over two decades.
    Click Here to see the list of all ERS Data collections
  • Earth Explorer (Cryosat and SMOS) data collections: : Cryosat is an advanced radar altimeter (SIRIAL) specifically designed to monitor the most dynamic sections of Earth's cryosphere.
    SMOS (ESA's Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity) is a radio telescope in orbit, pointing back to Earth not space. Its Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis (MIRAS) radiometer picks up faint microwave emissions from Earth's surface to map levels of land soil moisture and ocean salinity.
    Click Here to see the list of all Cryosat and SMOS Data collections

How to request access to ESA missions data

  • "Free" data collections are available via a simplified "Registration" process (i.e. creation of your personal EO-SSO ID, which is different from your CDS-SSO account used for accessing the Copernicus User's Personal Area).

The procedure step by step is:

 

1) Login to My Earthnet' using your personal EO-SSO ID. For the creation of an EO-SSO account, follow the registration procedure available at https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/pi-registration. AccessESAEO1
2) From the main area in My Earthnet, select the link "My online data" (at the first access to the interface, provide the basic information requested) AccessESAEO2
3) Select ESA EO products via a dropdown menu and then click "Add Product" AccessESAEO3
4) Access to the selected data is immediate and download link appears in the "My online data" interface. AccessESAEO4

Download interface is always available via the "My online data" and identified in the confirmation email received at product registration time.

  • "Restrained" data collections are available via the following procedure:
    • creation of the personal EO-SSO ID, which is separate to your CDS-SSO account used for accessing the Copernicus User's Personal Area (see step 1 of the above procedure)
    • sending an email to the SCI (EOSupport@Copernicus.esa.int) containing this specific subject "Request for ESA EO data". The email shall include information on data needed and the relevant EO-SSO ID.
    • receiving an E-mail from ESA EOHELP Desk , as soon as the access is available, providing you with the information needed to order the data, including the specific project ID.