User Guide

The Regional Copernicus Data Hub provides complete, free and open access to Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 user products.

Sentinel-1 Data and Acquisition

The Sentinel-1 data offer consists of:

  • Level-2 user products for the following acquisition modes:
    • Wave (WV)
    • Interferometric Wide Swath (IW)
    • Extra Wide Swath (EW)

The Sentinel-1 acquisition segments with the related mode and polarisation are defined on a 12 day cycle. High level operation plan can be found in the observation scenarios.

The Sentinel-1 ground segment production baseline is described in the production scenario.

Sentinel-2 Data and Acquisition

The Sentinel-2 data offer consists of Level-1C user products.

The Sentinel-2 acquisition plans are routinely provided based on weekly planning.

Sentinel-3 Data and Acquisition

The Sentinel-3 data offer consists of Level-1 and Level-2 (Marine and Land) user products for the OLCI, SLSTR and SRAL instruments.

The Sentinel-3 instruments autonomously perform systematic and continuous sensing following the Sentinel-3 observation scenario.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Copernicus Australia?

Copernicus Australia is a regional hub that supports distribution and exploitation of data from Europe's Sentinel satellite missions in the South-East Asia and South Pacific region. More information about partners and the region of interest can be found here

Where can I find more information about the Copernicus programme?

Copernicus is Europe's comprehensive earth monitoring programme. Overview of its products and services can be found here

Where can I find technical information about the Sentinel satellite missions?

Information about instrument capabilities and data products can be found in both the high level User Guides and the Technical Guides.

Data Products

What data are available through Copernicus Australia?

Data from all Sentinel satellites in the South-East Asia and South Pacific region (as defined in the map below). Currently, data are available in the original formats as supplied by ESA.

What data products from Sentinel-1 are available?

Level-0 RAW, Level-1 Single Look Complex (SLC) or Ground Range Detected (GRD) and Level-2 Ocean (OCN). More information on processing levels and acquisition modes can be found on the Sentinel website.

What data products from Sentinel-2 are available?

Standard Sentinel-2 distribution is at Level-1C (Top-of-atmosphere reflectance in cartographic geometry). More information on product types can be found on the Sentinel website.

What data products from Sentinel-3 are available?

Level-1 and level-2 marine and land products distributed by both ESA and EUMETSAT. More information on product types can be found on the sentinel website.

Data Query and Access

Is there a graphical user interface?

Not yet. A graphical user interface that allows interactive and custom search of the archive is being developed and expected to be available by early 2017.

How do I search the catalogue at NCI's THREDDS?

The user community has provided client-side code to facilitate search and access. A Python command line tool allows the user to search the server by date range, geographic region, and restricting by sensor-specific attributes. Details of this can be found on the Australian Copernicus Hub Contributed Code site.

Advanced interactive and API search features are being developed and expected to be available early 2017.

Is there API access to data?

The initial API is based around the NCI's existing THREDDS infrastructure. Client-side code to facilitate search and access has been contributed by the user community, including a Python command line tool that allows the user to search the server by date range, geographic region, and restricting by sensor-specific attributes. Details of this can be found on the Australian Copernicus Hub Contributed Code site.

Advanced API capabilities are being developed.

Contacts

Who can I contact if I have a question about data?

earth.observation@ga.gov.au

Who can I contact if I have a question about THREDDS access?

help@nci.org.au or 02 6125 3437