Categories: GIS Data

Free and Open Access to Sentinel Satellite Data

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that free and open access to Sentinel satellite data will become available during the Copernicus operational phase.  Copernicus is an earth observation program operated by a partnership of  the European Commission (EC), European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Environment Agency (EEA).    The European Delegated Act on Copernicus data and information policy provides for free, full and open access to users of environmental data from the Copernicus program which will include data gathered from the Sentinel satellites.

Ad
Ad

The Sentinel missions are a group of five satellites, the first of which is slated for launch in the spring of 2014. According to the ESA: All-weather, day and night radar images from Sentinel-1 to be used for land and ocean services.  Sentinel-2 will deliver high-resolution optical images for land services and Sentinel-3 will provide data for services relevant to the ocean and land. Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 will provide data for atmospheric composition monitoring from geostationary and polar orbits, respectively. All Sentinel satellites are planned for launch in 2014 and 2015.

Until data from the Sentinel missions is available, the GMES Data Access Portfolio has a list of datasets users can browse through.  Data can be viewed by a variety of categories such as service, mission group (type of imaging and monitoring), mission, and instrument.

Sentinel-1 satellite. Source:ESA/ATG Medialab
Ad
Share
Published by

Recent Posts

Mapping Every Tree

The California Forest Observatory, created by Salo Sciences, has applied a new artificial intelligence tool…

September 22, 2020

Self-employment in GIS

Self-employment in the GIS industry may seem daunting, but a recent MapScaping podcast with Kurt Menke, founder…

September 21, 2020

Survey of GIS Professionals

A quick look at GIS professionals, their educational background, and the software tools and programming…

September 20, 2020

Using GIS to Improve Hurricane Evacuation and Preparedness

As hurricane season gets underway in the Atlantic, GIS is being use to better prepare…

September 16, 2020

Using GIS to Monitor the West Coast Wildfires

With fires raging in California, Oregon, and Washington, scientists, activists, geospatial companies, and others are…

September 13, 2020

Earthquake Detection Using Smartphones

Using aggregated accelerometer data across many smartphones, many of us can now better access a…

September 8, 2020