Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, looking at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all European citizens. It offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data. In addition to its own Sentinel constellation, Copernicus offers access to data from third-party satellite operators, known as Copernicus Contributing Missions (CCMs).
WorldView data provided by European Space Imaging has played a key role for over 15 years in contributions to many services offered by Copernicus including emergency services, maritime surveillance, border security and land use.
What open access data is available from Copernicus?
Copernicus collects and stores the massive amounts of data collected from both satellites and ground based sensors for a wide range of products and services. However, as a European Union public service, this data is also available to eligible members of the public for free. View the Data Portfolio for more information.
These are large, pre-defined data sets, covering the needs of the Copernicus services and other Earth Observation activities. Core data sets include WorldView VHR multispectral imagery. Access is granted to users within the following categories:
European Union Institutions – Agencies, bodies and contractors defined in EU Treaties
EU Member State Public Authorities – Any person, institution or contractor having public or administrative duties; Public research and academic organisations
Union Research Projects – Participants in a research project financed under the Union research programmes
International NGOs – Any person or institution (government or non-government) that is registered with the UN and involved in humanitarian or environmental activities
This is a flexible offering that includes new collections and satellite tasking. This data is made available on a “per project” basis as well as to eligible Horizon 2020 applicants.
How do I access the data?
Users wishing to access contributing mission data should register to the Coordinated Data Access System (CDS). Once your registration is approved, you will gain access to a personal portal for ordering and subscribing to data sets.