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The EOC Geoservice of the Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) provides discovery, visualization, and direct download services for a selection of the geospatial data hosted by the German Satellite Data Archive (D-SDA). Using web technologies based on standardized interfaces defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), data and associated catalogue information are accessible through a Web Mapping Services (WMS), a Web Coverage Services (WCS), and a Catalogue Service Web (CSW). Each geospatial data set is accompanied by metadata compliant with INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) and the GDI-DE (Geo Data Infrastructure Germany). The EOC Geoservice has thus become a part of the German Geospatial Infrastructure.


The EOC Geoservice has been developed to allow for fast, easy and state-of-the-art access to high resolution geospatial data of the German Satellite Data Archive D-SDA. The D-SDA maintains a huge database of Earth Observation (EO) data supplied by national and international EO missions. Selected data sets, such as a global mosaic of the digital elevation model of the DLR Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM X-SAR), atmospheric products from the EUMETSAT Ozone Satellite Application Facility (O3M-SAF), as well as thematic products of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer of the NOAA POES satellite series are already available through the EOC Geoservice. The Geoservice data pool will continue to grow. In addition to the data already available, internal customers have the opportunity to upload their own data to the EOC Geoservice on request.

Accessing Data

The geospatial data of the EOC Geoservice are accessible through standardized OGC-services which can directly be used by customers to discover and extract data. Additionally, Geoservice data can be discovered and accessed by OGC-based clients and portals, such as the Earth Observation on the WEB (EOWEB©) Portal, the Geoportal.DE, or the GEOSS Data Portal.

Use and Restrictions

Access to geospatial data available through the EOC Geoservice is free. See Terms of Use.


The background maps and overlays used on this site are created and published by DLR for informational and illustration purposes only. The user assumes the entire risk related to the use of these data. These maps may contain errors and therefore users of these maps should review or consult the primary data and information sources to ascertain the usability of the information.


Although DLR is making these maps available to others, DLR does not warrant, endorse, or recommend the use of these maps for any given purpose. DLR is providing these data "as is", and disclaims any and all warranties, whether expressed or implied. In no event will DLR be liable to you or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, or exemplary damages or lost profits resulting from any use or misuse of these data. The user of these maps cannot claim any rights pertaining to its usage.


The following open geospatial datasets have been used in the creation of the maps:

  • OpenStreetMap © OpenStreetMap contributors, data is available under the Open Database License
  • NaturalEarth public domain
  • GSHHG released under GNU Lesser General Public License
  • EUDEM © Produced using Copernicus data and information funded by the European Union - EU-DEM layers
  • GMTED2010 by Danielson, J.J., and Gesch, D.B., 2011, Global multi-resolution terrain elevation data 2010 (GMTED2010): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1073, 26 p. USGS
  • ETOPO1 by Amante, C. and B.W. Eakins, 2009. ETOPO1 1 Arc-Minute Global Relief Model: Procedures, Data Sources and Analysis. NOAA Technical Memorandum NESDIS NGDC-24. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA