Data & Tools

There are many tools that scientists use to study the Earth System, from computer algorithms for extracting and comparing Earth observation datasets, to models that simulate environmental processes.

Under the links below you can find many of the different tools that are available in the public domain that NCEO scientists find useful. We hope this will be a useful collection to help anyone using EO datasets to understand the Earth System.

EO Tools

We have divided up the useful tools according to atmosphere, land and ocean, but there is a lot of overlap between them.


A key strength of NCEO is in generating new data products from Earth observation datasets.

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NCEO-supported UK data facilities

NCEO plays a coordinating role for the UK’s Earth Observation data hub at CEDA, and the NEODAAS satellite data reception and processing facility.


The NERC Earth Observation Data Centre at CEDA is the ‘go to’ place for NERC scientists to access EO datasets and hosted processing power. CEDA provides online access to new datasets created by NERC scientists, as well as large datasets produced by other agencies and key climate datasets.

Visit CEDA website


The NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service provides near-real-time and archive data processing to support UK research scientists undertaking research in the field, anywhere worldwide. Its rapid-response capability is a service unique in the UK, which comes into its own during disruptive events to support environmental research and wider decision-making communities.

Visit NEODAAS website

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