FAQs

It is a service that provides information derived from satellite images containing information to support operators in coastal waters.

Technically it is a geo-corrected raster information layer with a certain ground resolution providing quantitative information.

  • The main difference between the Copernicus services and CoastObs is that the Copernicus services provide global or European wide data mainly for research purposes and to provide long-term overviews. To be able to do so, Copernicus algorithms are not tuned to local conditions and not locally validated.
  • CoastObs products are available at the highest spatial and temporal resolution: we provide maps for pixels as close to the shore as technically possible.
  • CoastObs products are calibrated and validated locally (with your in-situ data if you prefer) to make sure they are valid for your area.
  • Beside the normal water quality parameters that can be derived from satellite images, the catalogue of CoastObs contains some very innovative products such as phytoplankton size classes, mussel growth potential and HAB indicators directly of interest for operators in coastal waters.
  • Copernicus services provide the data through machine interfaces so that you can collect the data in bulk. CoastObs services provide data tailored to the customers wishes: from a simple email to a comprehensive web portal.

Yes, certainly! You can check the ‘Product and service portfolio’ to see what is available. Depending on your requirements we may have to fine-tune the products further. Please write to info@coastobs.eu, we are happy to discuss with you.

No, we provide you with information at your specific request, tailor made to your information needs and requirements. Contact us at info@coastobs.eu for our subscription fees.

Each Sentinel mission is based on a constellation of two satellites to fulfil revisit and coverage requirements, providing robust datasets for Copernicus services. This continuity in planned beyond 2030: further than the two satellites each for Sentinel 2 and 3 already gathering data (A&B), other two (C &D) are currently being built to be ready for launch.

The portal is at https://coastobs.lizard.net/. After finalizing the last module of the training material, which will help you on the way to work with the portal, you will get the login details.

The EO-based products developed during CoastObs are in the CoastObs portal, the in situ data collected during the project are or will be submitted to the LIMNADES database. The products that you purchase through your subscription are accessible only to you.

The existing CoastObs products are validated as part of the project. For some of the products there are scientific publications. These are collected here.

The general CoastObs validation report can be found here.

The CoastObs team can help you to further calibrate and validate new products or extended time series on your request.

Earth Observation data might be new for you. Therefore, we developed free training material: https://coastobs.eu/e-training. The first modules are for non-EO experts to understand how Earth Observation of water quality works. The last module is for everyone to get used to the portal. Contact us if you are interested in a in-house training.

If you have more questions please feel free to contact us at info@coastobs.eu so we can assist you.