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Data Access

Accessing data

A national facility

Similar to other research facilities managed by CSIRO, such as the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), access to NovaSAR-1 data will be for the benefit of the nation and free to researchers from institutions all over the world. NovaSAR-1 will be operated and managed by the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation (CCEO), part of CSIRO — Australia’s national science agency.

The NovaSAR-1 facility enables new remote sensing research, supports training on satellite tasking and operations, and enhances the development of Australia’s Earth Observation and Big Data analytics expertise. These new opportunities hold potential for building stronger partnerships between government, universities and the wider space industry in Australia.

Data requests

Data requests will be managed by the CCEO using the NovaSAR-1 Online Proposal Applications & Links (OPAL). OPAL proposals require four components:

  1. A cover sheet summarising the proposed use of the data and the researchers involved.
  2. An acquisitions table which contains specific imaging requirements such as mode and polarisation.
  3. A proposal justification with more detail on the project and expected outcomes (PDF format, maximum length one A4 page).
  4. An Area of Interest (AOI) file in shp/kml/kmz format.

Once proposals are submitted, they will be reviewed by a team who will rank them based on scientific merit and priority areas of interest/applications. Other international partners in NovaSAR-1 will take priority over their own regions, so we are less likely to be able to accommodate requests for imagery over the UK and India as a result.

Proposal rounds will open on OPAL on a bi-monthly rolling basis. Each round will remain open for two months and submitted proposals will be assessed at two-month intervals. Proposers will be notified of assessment outcomes via OPAL approximately one month after each proposal round closes.

Note: Where data is required more urgently than the OPAL system will allow, such as for emergency response, please contact the team here.

For more information view the NovaSAR-1 OPAL user guide.

Diagram showing the process involved in requesting NovaSAR-1 image acquisitions.

Archive data access

Archive data will be made available once NovaSAR-1 is operating nominally, currently expected to during Q3 2019.