Earth Observation Data Management System (EODMS)

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What is EODMS?[edit | edit source]

The Earth Observation Data Management System (EODMS) is a fully integrated geospatial platform provided by NRCan/RNCan to the general public to discover and access authoritative Earth Observation (EO) data. _. Check out the EODMS How-To Guide as well.

The site is located at

Figure: The new EODMS allows users to discover, preview, and order a variety of Earth Observation data from many satellites.

History[edit | edit source]

With the second largest landmass on earth and the longest coastline in the world, Canada relies on satellite technology to monitor its land and borders. Providing access to this technology is a core mandate of NRCan's Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO). Through partnerships with government stakeholders, strong links to academia and the private sector, including international collaborations, CCMEO ensures that satellite data is available to serve the needs of the Canadian Government and all Canadians. Since 1971, CCMEO has accumulated an archive in excess of 1 PB of Earth Observation (EO) data. This data originated from various satellites and airborne sensors. The 2012 Canadian Federal Budget included NRCan’s revitalization plan which sought to maintain and improve Canada’s EO satellite capacity and access to this data. This plan was realised through the purchase and installation of four (4) new antennas as well as the brand new Earth Observation Data Management System which replaced several legacy systems.

Services[edit | edit source]

Today, CCMEO delivers several EO data services in support of the Government of Canada’s priorities on the economic development of natural resources, the North, safety, security, sovereignty, and environmental monitoring.


EODMS[edit | edit source]

Data services delivered by EODMS include:

  • The GC-only discovery of NMSO CSI Disaster Monitoring Constellation, GeoEye-1, IKONOS, Indian Remote Sensing, QuickBird-2, RapidEye, SPOT, WorldView-1, WorldView-2, WorldView-3, COSMO-SKYMED, TERRASAR-X
  • The GC-only HTTP/FTP download-only of all NMSO not yet map-searchable: COSMOS-Skymed, Deimos-2, DMC, EROS-B, Flock1-ISS, Flock1-SSO, GeoEye-1, GF-1, GHGSat-D, IKONOS, IRS1C-LISS3, IRS1C-PAN, IRS1C-WiFS, IRS1D-LISS3, IRS1D-PAN, IRS1D-WiFS, IRSP6-AWiFS, IRSP6-LISS3, IRSP6-LISS4, KOMPSAT-2, KOMPSAT-3, KOMPSAT-5, PLEIADES, QuickBird-2, RapidEye, SPOT-4, SPOT-5, SPOT-6, SPOT-7, TanDEM-X, Terra, Terra/Aqua, TerraSAR-X, WorldView-1, WorldView-2, WorldView-3, WorldView-4, ZY-3
  • The general public discovery and download of RCM.

    Registered public users will be able to download RCM GRD and GCD products which are limited to the following regions and resolutions only : Canada Land - coarser than or equal to 16 m. and World Maritime - coarser than or equal to 100 m. Products over World Land excluding Canada will not be available. The scene has to be completely within the Canadian Land. This includes inland water (e.g. Great Lakes in Canada), but excludes must not contain / overlap at all with coastal (inc. Arctic) waters and St-Lawrence river.

  • The generic public discovery of RAW RADARSAT-1, RADARSAT-2
  • The general public discovery and download of RADARSAT-1 Open Data Products
  • The GC-only discovery and ordering of RADARSAT 2 (R2)
  • The general public discovery and download of Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) Thematic Data Sets,
  • The general public discovery and ordering of the National Air Photo Library

MULTI-MISSION ARCHIVE (MMA)[edit | edit source]

The storage backbone of EODMS is CCMEO’s Multi-Mission Archive (MMA) which is the Canadian authorized repository of over 1PB of RADARSAT-1, RADARSAT-2, RCM, NAPL and NMSO commercial imagery. The capacity of the archive is currently 4 PB and growing. The data is stored robustly using redundant storage and securely to comply with RSSSA laws on access controls and dissemination.


To address the Near-Real-Time (NRT) requirements of its users, CCMEO retrieves data from the Copernicus Collaborative Hub and provides a Canadian FTP relay with better download speeds for Canadian end users.

CCMEO provides this service using a small Product Transfer System (PTS) to pull SENTINEL products from the Collaborative hubs via the high speed CANARIE research network through to the EU. It then stages the data on the EODMS Download Server with dependable download speeds.

While this limited access has operationalized the use of SENTINEL data to key GC programs, broad use of SENTINEL-1,2,3,5p is being considered. Please contact us for more info:

Government/Special Access: RCM, RADARSAT-2, NMSO[edit | edit source]


For free GC/vetted access to RCM:

  • Create an EODMS account
  • For RCM, check the "I have an OHS Identifier" checkbox in your profile.

For non GC users, the vetting process is not yet published. We invite you to seek more information from

RADARSAT-2[edit | edit source]

For free GC access to RCM:

CSA R-2 Project Programs[edit | edit source]

Did you know that CSA coordinates several [RADARSAT-2 special access programs] to encourage the use of space data. Also available is access for the The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters. Find out more here.

NMSO-CSI[edit | edit source]

The NMSO-CSI is the Government of Canada's initiative to cut down on the procurement of duplicate commercial satellite imagery across the public service. All departments with commercial satellite imagery needs should aim to route all procurement through NMSO E60SQ-120001 after which imagery will be loaded on to EODMS to be re-used (i.e. discovered and downloaded) by the whole of government.

All Government of Canada (GC) employees can have free access to NMSO Commercial Satellite Imagery (CSI) already purchased by the GC. Simply create an account EODMS and then send a request to your Department NMSO point of contact (PoC) for your added privileges. You can find more information on our EODMS_NMSO page as well as the request form and your PoC on our GCPedia (Government-only) page, EODMS Account Approvals for Government and Special Access

What's New?[edit | edit source]

The upgrade to EODMS (from NEODF) brings new support for previously undiscover-able NMSO commercial imagery including DMC Constellation, TerraSAR-X, SPOT-4 to 7, Cosmo Skymed. There is also new support for the RADARSAT-2 NITF format. Prior to this users would have to look for this data without the help of a map on the NEODF FTP directory structure.