This section provides information on the type of Earth Observation (EO) data that can be used in the RUS environment, as well as the type of support you can expect from the RUS Helpdesk to access such datasets.

Note that using Copernicus datasets is a prerequisite to benefit from the RUS Service. This means that Copernicus data shall be the main source of data used in your project. The RUS platform however remains open to other data types, as explained below.

EO data

All kinds of EO data can be used in the RUS environment, i.e., free data but also the commercial ones a user may purchase. Data can be imported from a local machine to the virtual environment allocated to the user, or downloaded directly in the virtual environment from the Web.

Concerning more particularly the Sentinel missions, the Copernicus Data Access Hub (including its Long-Term Archive) is the official data repository.

An alternative consists in using one of the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS). These 5 cloud-based platforms provide access to Sentinel data, as well as to the information products developed by the Copernicus operational services. They also involve additional commercial satellite or non-space data sets as well as premium offers in terms of support or priority, allowing the users to build and host their own applications in the cloud, while removing the need to download bulky files from several access points and process them locally

We also remind that although the RUS software & tools offer is centred around Copernicus products, some of these tools allow (pre-)processing of other EO datasets. Users can also develop or install their own tools and software to carry out such processing, including free open-source and commercial off-the-shelf software. More information can be found in the ICT resources section.

Other data

All kinds of data can be imported in the RUS environment.

You may contact the RUS Helpdesk if you are looking for a specific product (e.g. a global-scale land cover map) to identify the most relevant source.

We also provide a list of reference datasets (including map products) the RUS Service has pre-selected for you considering the following quality criteria:

  • Accessible for free;
  • Publicly available;
  • Delivered with appropriate metadata;
  • Supported by peer-reviewed literature (e.g. reports or scientific papers).