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The Sentinel Online technical website objective is to allow you to find all information you need regarding the SENTINEL program, the individual Sentinel Missions, their operational focus and the Copernicus Thematic area they support. Particular care was given to your understanding of the instruments, the performance of the data products including scientific applications, the Ground Segment processing, and guidance on accessing SENTINEL data.

General information regarding the Copernicus program can be found here.

General information regarding the Copernicus space component can be found here.

The Sentinel User Handbooks

In order to do this, each Instrument has its own Handbook. The Handbooks are designed to:

  • provide access to the diverse and significant amount of information related to the SENTINEL Missions and to Copernicus in an easy and efficient way;
  • allow you to discover and understand the benefits provided by the SENTINEL products to the GMES/Copernicus activities and services;
  • guide you in your navigation of the Handbook, to help you go from high-level information down to very specific technical information;
  • provide comprehensive information about the SENTINEL Missions, including external links.

Using the Handbook

The Handbook focuses on providing background information related to the acquisition, dissemination and access to SENTINEL data for each mission. Each Handbook is structured to allow you to choose the relevant level of detail you require, and enable you to navigate in a logical flow from high level topics such as Mission Overview and Thematic Areas, towards increasingly detailed content about quality and access to SENTINEL data.

The Mission Guide content is an overview of the mission, its objectives, the satellite, its payload, the ground segment, generated data products and related news. It will provide support to potential users of Copernicus/GMES services, as well as being of interest to the wider user community.

The User Guide provides a high level description of the instruments, coverage and acquisition, and available product levels. The User Guide also provides information on the relevant applications of each instrument, the format of the products and the software tools required to interpret the data. This information has been harmonised for all SENTINEL missions and can be accessed under each category via the User Guide panel on the right of each instrument User Guide page.

The Technical Guide will provide a point of engagement for ESA and the SENTINEL technical user community. The detailed information available in the Technical Guide is intended for users such as academics and industrial software engineers who have previous experience of similar EO missions and in-depth experience of data manipulation and management.

The Sentinel Data Access section provides high level information about the Copernicus Space Component Data Access (CSCDA) and guide you through the process of registration to become a Copernicus user, further detailed in the CSCDA web portal, and focuses on the Sentinel products availability and access mechanisms, and how the Sentinels as Contributing Missions fit into the Data Access Portfolio.

Note: Sentinel online is currently in a beta version. Please feel free to provide ideas for content or feedback on the site or its navigation to EOSupport@copernicus.esa.int.