This section provides information on the type of Earth Observation data and products that can be used on the RUS portal, and also the type of support you can expect from the RUS Helpdesk to facilitate your access to such datasets.

Note that the use of Copernicus datasets is a prerequisite to access the RUS Service. By this we mean that Copernicus data shall be the main source of data used in your project. This also means the RUS platform is open to other data types, as developed in the information below.

EO data

All kinds of Earth Observation (EO) data can be imported and used in the RUS environment, i.e., free data but also commercial EO data a user may purchase. Data can be imported from a local machine to the virtual environment, or downloaded directly in the virtual environment from the web.

The Copernicus Data Access Hub (a.k.a SciHub) is the official Sentinel data repository and can be accessed here. National collaborative ground segments, i.e., national repositories, are also accessible. An official list of such repositories can be accessed here.

We remind that although the RUS software & tools offer is centered around Copernicus products, some of these tools allow (pre-)processing of other datasets. We remind also that users can develop or install their own tools and software, including free open-source and commercial off-the-shelf software. More information can be found in the Computing environments section.

Other data

All kinds of data can be imported or produced in the RUS environment. You may contact the RUS Helpdesk if you are looking for a specific product (e.g. global-scale land cover map).

We provide a list of reference datasets (incl. 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).