New Pilot Data Services

Throughout 2020, as part of an evolution to our Data Services, EUMETSAT is releasing pilot services that provide new data access and customisation capabilities.

During the pilot phase, which begins on 28 September, users are encouraged to explore these new services and provide feedback, helping to shape their evolution. In the future, we envisage that these services will become part of the operational data access portfolio. However, users should note that during the pilot phase, EUMETSAT is providing these services on a 'best efforts' basis, intending them for evaluation purposes only. As such, they should not currently be relied upon for operational data delivery. We welcome receiving your feedback via our User Service Helpdesk.

What are the new pilot data services?

Data Tailor — The Data Tailor software makes it possible for users to subset and aggregate our data products in space and time, filter layers, generate 'quicklooks', project data onto new coordinate reference systems, and reformat into common GIS formats, e.g. netCDF, GeoTIFF. It offers a uniform way to transform both historical and near real time satellite data provided by EUMETSAT. The Data Tailor is available as a stand-alone tool for local use, and as a remote service, which receives products from the EUMETSAT Data Store.

EUMETSAT Data Store — The EUMETSAT Data Store provides users with a data download and online data tailoring service. Users can discover, apply customisation changes (format transformations, regional sub-setting, file aggregation, etc.) and download data. The service provides access through an online web interface and via Application Programming Interface (API). The initial pilot service offers a subset of EUMETSAT data from the Meteosat First and Second Generation and Metop satellite missions. This catalogue will expand over time.

EUMETView — building upon the existing EUMETView service, this new service offers access to licensed visualisations, e.g. Meteosat Rapid Scan, and offers new functionalities via Open Geospatial Srandard (OGC) Web Map (WMS), Web Feature (WFS) and Web Coverage (WCS) services. The WFS provides an interface that supports requests for geographical features, such as wind vectors, allowing the user to access and manipulate the data values and download in different vector formats, e.g. a shapefile. The WCS provides an interface allowing retrieval of coverages (geospatial information representing space/time-varying phenomena), e.g. Sea Surface Temperature values. The WCS allows the user to access the values of each pixel and to download a geographical subset of the product in netCDF, GeoTIFF or other raster formats.

Getting started

To support users we have created a knowledge base, which provides detailed information and step-by-step guidance on how to use the web interface and APIs.

For a short introduction to Data Tailor and EUMETView, watch the 'How to' videos below.

To get the best out of the new data access services we recommend our new users first create an account with the Earth Observation Portal (EOP) service. For our existing EO Portal account holders, we recommend you first log in to the EO Portal (you will see we have made some changes to our licensing process), from there follow the links to our new data services.

Users are encouraged to explore these new pilot services and provide feedback, which will help shape the services in the future. Please provide your feedback to our User Service Helpdesk.

Pilot Release schedule

Data Tailor – released on 9 January 2020
EUMETSAT Data Store – 28 September 2020
EUMETView – 28 September 2020

What to do if you experience a problem

During the pilot phase these new data services do not form part of our User Notification Service. Information on planned outages, enhancements and anomalies is available on the service status page of the Data Services knowledge base.

If you experience a problem, please report this to our User Service Helpdesk, to allow us to fix the problem as soon as possible. In your email to the Helpdesk, please indicate the service you are using and, where applicable, provide a screenshot of the issue.

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