Alaska Satellite Facility - Distributed Active Archive Center


Artist renderings of ERS 1 and ERS 2 Satellites in space

NASA’s provision of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Remote Sensing satellites (ERS-1 and ERS–2) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data archive via the ASF DAAC is free and open by agreement between NASA and ESA. As part of the Earth observation Heritage Data Program (LTDP+), the ERS-1 and -2 missions provide scientists with historically accurate and easily accessible information to help further understand the dynamics of our planet.

ASF holds a subset of all ERS data.

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ERS- 1 and ERS 2 primarily collected high resolution imagery within the ASF and the McMurdo, Antarctica, station masks. The datapool contains ASF standard beam odd frames, as well as the first and last frame of each imaged swath. ERS 2 flew in tandem with ERS-1 for 9 months in 1995/1996. Both sets of data are suitable for interferometry.

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ERS-1 Dataset Summary

Dataset PropertyValue
Spatial Coverage:100 km
Spatial Resolution:26 m in range (across track)
Between 6 m and 30 m in azimuth (along track)
Temporal Coverage:1995-2011
Temporal Resolution:10 minutes per orbit
Data Format:CEOS — Level 0 and Level 1 framed
Frequency/wavelength:​5.3 GHz/C-band 5.6 cm
Off Nadir Angle21°​
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The  ERS-2 mission phases are listed below. For more information on each phase, see the Delft University of Technology website, which retrieved the information originally from ESA/ESRIN.

ERS 2 Coverage Map

ESA ERS 2 Data Coverage Map

ERS 2 Missions

ERS 2 Mission

ERS-2 had one multi-disciplinary phase planned, but in early 2011, ESA changed the satellite orbit so SAR images of the Antarctic could be recorded with the same viewing angle every three days rather than every 35 days. For more information on the phase, see the Delft University of Technology website, which retrieved the information originally from ESA/ESRIN:

  • ERS-2, 29-April-96 to 5-Sept-2011

Downloadable Products

Downloadable Products ERS-2:

Level 0 (unprocessed/raw data)

Level 1 (amplitude — processed images)

License and Data Citation

ERS-2 End User License Agreement

Data provided by the ERS-1 and ERS-2 missions are available in an open and non-discriminatory way, and distribution of the data shall be consistent with United Nations Resolution A/RES/41/65 dated 3 December 1986 on Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Space.

ESA does not guarantee the suitability of ERS-1 or ERS-2 data for the purpose of a project and shall not be held liable for any damage derived from the use of such data by the user.

The acceptance of these Terms and Conditions will authorize full access using Vertex to the ERS-1 and ERS-2 datasets at ASF DAAC.

I acknowledge and agree to respect the full title and ownership by ESA of all ERS-1 and ERS-2 data.

I agree to clearly mark all ERS-1 and ERS-2 data, irrespective of the form in which it is reproduced, in such a way that the data credit or image copyright are clear to see.

Data: Dataset: ERS-2[1], ESA [year of data acquisition]. Downloaded from ASF DAAC [day/month/year of data access].

Images: © ESA [year of data acquisition]


How to Cite ERS 2  Data Retrieved from ASF DAAC

Dataset ProductHow to CiteFormatExample
ERS 2 DataCite data in publications such as journal papers, articles, presentations, posters, and websites. Please send copies of, or links to, published works citing data, imagery, or tools accessed through ASF to [email protected] with “New Publication” on subject line.Dataset: ERS-2, ESA [year of data acquisition]. Retrieved from ASF DAAC [day month year of data access].Dataset: ERS-2, ESA 1993. Retrieved from ASF DAAC 7 December 2014.
ERS 2 ImageryInclude credit with each image shown in publications such as journal papers, articles, presentations, posters, and websites.© ESA [year of data acquisition] © ESA 1993

ERS-2 Datasets and DOIs

L0_ERS-2 10.5067/4KVOYM7NQ19L