NASA satelite data


If it cmomes to provide a variety of free satelite data the NASA websites are the place to go, in perticular since the search for data is much faster, the variety much bigger and maybe most important their interfaces are much more user-friendly than from ESA.

  • Reverb is probably the best entry point at the present when you are in the need of any freely available NASA data.
    With a login (free account can be created on the website) it is also the best source to download the ASTER Global Elevation Data (GDEM). In addition, if you brought Aster scenes or requested it (small proposal required) this is where you can select your area of interest and download them. It is an extremely fast and stable website and the customer service if you really encounter a problem or have a question is extremely fast and friendly.

A nice website indicating the location of the NASA data centers can be found at:

Moreover, on there is a list with all the data centeres and their main data collection, including a link to the corresponding data centere website and an contact email (if required)

EOSDIS Data Centers

(source for reference and contact email)

Alaska Satellite Facility SAR Data Center (ASF SDC)website

  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  • Sea Ice
  • Polar Processes
  • Geophysics

Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS)website

  • Space Geodesy

Global Hydrology Resource Center (GHRC)website

  • Hydrologic Cycle
  • Severe Weather Interactions
  • Lightning
  • Atmospheric Convection

Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)website

  • Global Precipitation
  • Solar Irradiance
  • Atmospheric Composition
  • Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Global Modeling

Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC)website

  • Surface Reflectance
  • Land Cover
  • Vegetation Indices (e.g. from MODIS)

Langley Research Center Atmospheric Science Data Center (LaRC ASDC)website

  • Radiation Budget
  • Clouds
  • Aerosols
  • Tropospheric Chemistry

MODIS Level 1 Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System (MODAPS LAADS)website

  • Radiance
  • Atmosphere

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) DAACwebsite

  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Cryosphere
  • Climate

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) DAACwebsite

  • Biogeochemical Dynamics
  • Ecological Data
  • Environmental Processes

Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG)website

  • Ocean Biology
  • Ocean Color
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Sea Surface Temperature

Physical Oceanography (PO) DAACwebsite

  • Sea Surface Temperature
  • Ocean Winds
  • Circulation and Currents
  • Topography and Gravity

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Data Center (SEDAC)website

  • Human Interactions
  • Land Use
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Geospatial Data
  • Multilateral Environmental Agreements