Minimize Use Typologies and available Services

This section identifies the Sentinel use typologies and the corresponding services/data access as well as the preliminary steps to accessing Sentinel data.

Minimize Use typologies and dedicated access

The following use typologies are defined for access to Sentinel data:

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CopHub / Open Hub alignment on 13 March 2017

17 February 2017

A significant update of the Copernicus Services Data Hub (CopHub) is planned on 13 March 2017 in order to completely align its data offer to the Copernicus Open Access Hub (previously known as the Sentinels Scientific Data Hub).

Sentinel-3A SLSTR anomaly

15 February 2017

Due to an on-board anomaly on Sentinel-3A, SLSTR products starting from 14 February 2017, 08:09:05 UTC are degraded or missing.

The Sentinels Scientific Data Hub is now the Copernicus Open Access Hub

14 February 2017

Following useful feedback and agreement with the European Commission it has been decided to rename the "Sentinels Scientific Data Hub" to "Copernicus Open Access Hub".

Delayed Sentinel-2A data availability in the data hubs

14 February 2017

Due to a Ground Segment anomaly, Sentinel-2A data acquired from approximately 15:00 UTC on 11 February were not made timely available to users in the data hubs. Data dissemination resumed in the morning on 13 February, for data acquired from approximately 00:30 on 12 February. The recovery of the missing products and the return to nominal data availability are expected in the coming days.

Minimize Use Typologies and Available Services

The Sentinel Data Access Infrastructure has been adapted to the needs of the different user typologies, production, archiving and retrieval systems and facilities being operated by ESA, Eumetsat, ESA Member States (MS) or International Partners for the different typologies of data use.

No registration is required for discovery and view services while it is a prerequisite to download Sentinel data. Registration is free of charge.

The available services for each typology of use are listed in the table below.

Use Typology

Free data access to:

Access Points

Service commitment

Copernicus Services

  • NRT/24h and consolidated Sentinels products
  • Different missions archives, including long term
  • On-demand production
  • Access via user available bandwidth to the Copernicus Space Component dissemination backbone
  • EUMETCAST access for Sentinel-3 marine products
  • Dedicated data sets generation (CORE DATASETS e.g. land coverage)
  • Possibility of requesting on-demand production (ADDITIONAL DATASETS)
  • Full time access to emergency services (24h/7/365, incl. rush mode) (for authorized users)
  • Service Desk support through dedicated user account management
  • CCMs data, according to CSCDA Terms and Conditions

- ESA & EUMETSAT catalogues & dedicated servers
- EUMETCAST services for Sentinel-3 Marine

Committed performances

ESA/EU MS National Use

  • A dedicated rolling archive of the NRT/24h and consolidated Sentinels products
  • Access via user available bandwidth to a dedicated dissemination bandwidth with committed reliability and performances 
  • Dedicated support for limited on-request data set generation or on-demand processing

Rolling archive Data Hub server supporting dedicated product discovery and ftp & http downloads

Targeted performances to support ESA/EU Member States

Scientific Use and other use (e.g. commercial, outreach, public)

  • A dedicated rolling archive of a consolidated production baseline  (products availability may be deferred)
  • Access via user available bandwidth to a dedicated dissemination bandwidth ensuring gateway to the scientific GEANT backbone
  • Access configured to avoid resources saturation resulting from massive downloads by a limited user community  (e.g. maximum number of parallel downloads, maximum volume per retrieval,…)

Rolling archive server supporting dedicated product discovery and http downloads, EUMETCAST services for Sentinel-3 Marine

Shared and open resources for scientific and other use accesses

International agreements

  • A dedicated rolling archive of the NRT/24h and consolidated Sentinels products
  • Access via user available bandwidth to a dedicated dissemination bandwidth with committed reliability and performances 
  • Dedicated support for limited on-request data set generation or on-demand processing

Rolling archive server supporting dedicated product discovery and ftp & http downloads, EUMETCAST services for Sentinel-3 Marine

Targeted performances to support EU International Agreements