Data Access

NovaSAR-1 data can be accessed using two methods:

  1. Archive data access via the NovaSAR-1 National Facility Data Hub (currently under development – expected Q4 2020). The NovaSAR-1 National Facility Data Hub will display all the NovaSAR-1 acquisitions to-date and are provided to the public with no proprietary period so that research can be carried out in a timely manner.
  2. New tasking requests over a specific area of interest (AOI) via OPAL

OPAL 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).
  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.

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 data.

Diagram showing the process involved in requesting NovaSAR-1 data.