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Earthdata Search enables users to download data through various methods. These methods include:

  • Individual Granule(s):
    • Single Granule - Direct download of a single granule. The selected granule will download immediately.
    • Additive Granule - Download of one or more granules using the additive granule model. Individual granules may be added to project and available for bulk download using one of the methods below.
  • Direct Download - Direct download of all data associated with the selected granules. The desired data will be available for download immediately. Files will be accessed from a list of links displayed in the browser or by using a download script.
  • Stage for Delivery - Submit a request for data to be staged for delivery. Data files will be compressed in zip format and stored for retrieval via HTTP. The user will receive an email from the data provider when the files are ready to download.
  • Customized - Select options like variables, transformations, and output formats to customize the data. The desired data files will be made available for access after the data provider has finished processing the request. The user will receive an email from the data provider when the files are ready to download.
  • OPeNDAP - Open-source Project for Network Data Access Protocol. Allows subsetting of variables using science keywords.


The available download methods will vary. All methods may not be available for every collection.



STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

The user must be logged in to download data using any of the methods below.

All instructions assume the collection and granule(s) the user is interested in has already been searched for. For instructions on how to search using Earthdata Search, please see: How To: Search using Earthdata Search.

Individual Granule(s)

CLICK on a collection to view the granules.

SORT, SEARCH, and/or FILTER the granules as needed.

Users can also FILTER temporally using the time scale at the bottom of the page.

Single Granule Download

CLICK on the Download single granule data button on the granule of interest.

REPEAT the above step for each granule of interest.

Additive Granule Download

CLICK on the Add granule button on the granule(s) of interest.

The number of granules that have been individually added will be displayed on the Download button and next to the total number of granules in the collection based on any existing filters.

CLICK on Download or My Project to view the added granules in 'My Project'.

Continue with instructions below for Direct Download, Stage for Delivery, or Customized depending on availability and need.

Direct Download

CLICK on a collection to view the granules.

Alternatively, CLICK on Add collection to current project to add all of the granules in the collection that match the spatial and temporal restraints to 'My Project'.

CLICK on Download All to add all of the collection's matching granules to 'My Project'.

Alternatively, filter the granules as necessary and CLICK Add to project. Only the granules that match the spatial and temporal filter parameters will be added to the project.

REPEAT step 1 and step 2 as necessary to add additional collections and/or granules to 'My Project'.

CLICK on My Project to view download options.

CLICK on Direct Download if not already selected.

CLICK on DOWNLOAD DATA.

The 'Order Status' page will appear. CLICK on View/Download Data Links or Download Access Script to download the data.

To download a large number of files it is recommended users use the download access script. For additional information view: How To: Use the Download Access Script.

Stage for Delivery

CLICK on a collection to view the granules.

Alternatively, CLICK on Add collection to current project to add all of the granules in the collection to 'My Project'.

CLICK on Download All to add all of the collection's matching granules to 'My Project'.

Alternatively, filter the granules as necessary and CLICK Add to project. Only the granules that match the spatial and temporal filter parameters will be added to the project.

REPEAT step 1 and step 2 as necessary to add additional collections and/or granules to 'My Project'.

CLICK on My Project to view download options.

CLICK on Stage for Delivery.

There may or may not be configurable options listed on the form when 'Stage For Delivery' is selected, based on the configuration by the data provider.

CLICK on Download Data.

The 'Order Status' page will appear. The 'Order Status' page will update the status of the Stage for Delivery order as it processes. When the data is ready to download the user will receive an email from the data provider, and the 'Order Status' page will list the order as Complete.

The 'Order Status' page may not update if the user's token expires before the order has completed. This does not necessarily mean the order did not complete. Stage for Delivery data will be sent to the user via email once the order has finished processing by the data provider. Refreshing the 'Order Status' page may also update the current status.

Once the order is complete, the data will be delivered to the email address provided. The email will be from the data provider. ACCESS the downloaded data via email.

CLICK on either the Download Links or the Download ZIP file of packaged order links within the email.

The screenshot is an example of an email from a Stage for Delivery order. Depending on the data provider, the email may look different or contain different information.

Customized

FIND a collection that supports customization.

A tag labeled CUSTOMIZABLE will appear under collections that support customization. To filter search results to only show customizable collections, select Customizable in the search facets under Features. The following five customize badges may be available:

BadgeType

Spatial

Temporal

Variable

Format

Transform

CLICK on a collection to view the granules.

Alternatively, CLICK on Add collection to current project to add all of the granules in the collection to 'My Project'.

CLICK on Download All to add all of the collection's granules to 'My Project'.

Alternatively, filter the granules as necessary and CLICK Add to project.

REPEAT step 1 through step 3 as necessary to add additional collections and/or granules to 'My Project'.

CLICK on My Project to view download options.

CLICK on Customize.

ENTER the email address where the data link(s) will be delivered.

CUSTOMIZE the available parameters as necessary.

The customizable options vary by collection and are set by the data provider.

CLICK Download Data.

If the project contains a large number of granules, it may be split into several orders.

The 'Order Status' page will appear. The 'Order Status' page will update the status of the Customized order as it processes. When the data is ready to download the user will receive an email from the data provider, and the 'Order Status' page will list the order as Complete.

The 'Order Status' page may not update if the user's token expires before the order has completed. This does not necessarily mean the order did not complete. Customized data will be sent to the user via email once the order has finished processing by the data provider. Refreshing the 'Order Status' page may also update the current status.

Once the order is complete, the data will be delivered to the email address provided. The email will be from the data provider. ACCESS the downloaded data via email.

Alternatively, the data may be accessed once the download is complete by CLICKING Download Links on the 'Download Status' page.

CLICK on either the Listing of Individual Files or the ZIP file containing all output files links within the email to access and download the data.

The screenshot is an example of an email from a Customized order. Depending on the data provider, the email may look different or contain different information.

OPeNDAP

CLICK on a collection to view the granules.

Alternatively, CLICK on Add collection to current project to add all of the granules in the collection to 'My Project'.

CLICK on Download All to add all of the collection's granules to 'My Project'.

Alternatively, filter the granules as necessary and CLICK Add to project.

REPEAT step 1 and step 2 as necessary to add additional collections and/or granules to 'My Project'.

CLICK on My Project to view download options.

CLICK on Customize (Subset).

CLICK on Edit Variables.

Alternatively, to download all variables, skip to Step 10.

SELECT the preferred variables by placing a checkmark in the box next to the variable name.

CLICK Save to save selection and return to list of variables.

Once all desired variables have been selected, CLICK Back to Edit Options.

CUSTOMIZE any other available parameters as necessary.

The customizable options vary by collection and are set by the data provider.

CLICK Download Data.

The 'Order Status' page will appear. CLICK on View/Download Data Links or Download Access Script to download the data.

To download a large number of files it is recommended users use the download access script. For additional information view: How To: Use the Download Access Script.