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GEOSS Portal - Terms of Use

The GEOSS Portal provides an entry point to access Earth Observation information and services. It will connect to a system of existing portals, addressing the GEO Societal Benefit Areas globally and provide national to regional perspective to achieve synergy and leverage.

Access to, and use of the GEOSS Portal constitutes acceptance of the following general terms and conditions.



Neither ESA nor any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering the website shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising out of Users' access to, or use of, the website. The GEOSS Portal does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information provided therein through the many external sources and accepts no responsibility or liability for any consequences arising from the use of such data. Under no circumstances shall ESA be liable for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from the use of the GEOSS Portal Site, including, without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay with respect thereto.

Though ESA uses the best technical standards to control its site, material on this website may inadvertently include technical inaccuracies or other errors. We should be grateful if users could notify us of any errors or inaccuracies they may find. Please note that users browse and use the website at their own risk. ESA does not warrant that the functional aspects of the website will be uninterrupted or error free or that this website, or the server that makes it available, are free of viruses or other harmful components. ESA may change material on the site without prior notice.


User’s obligations

By accessing and\or downloading available content at the GEOSS portal, the user shall not misuse or interfere the service of the portal.


Access and availability of service, links and data

The GEOSS Portal contains many links and references to third-party websites and data catalogues and might allow access to Earth Observation and other data from different providers and sources. These are provided for the convenience and interest of users and on the part of ESA this implies neither responsibility for, nor approval of, information contained in these websites, nor for the accuracy, quality and completeness of the accessible data and metadata. ESA makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, availability or content of information, text, graphics which are not under the 'geoportal.org' domain. ESA has not tested any software located on other sites and does not make any representation as to the quality, safety, reliability or suitability of such software. ESA makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, availability, completeness and quality of the Earth Observation or any other data or metadata accessible through the GEOSS Portal.

Personal data privacy

By accessing the GEOSS Portal, certain information about users, such as internet protocol (IP) addresses, pages visited, software used and time spent, as well as other similar information, will be stored on ESA servers. These will not specifically identify users and the information will be used internally for website traffic analysis only. If users provide unique identifying information, such as name, address and other information on forms stored on this site, this information will be used for statistical purposes only and will not be published or made available for general access. ESA however assumes no responsibility for the security of this information.

ESA does not sell or rent its website users' names, addresses, email addresses or other personal information.


Use of IP address

The IP address is a number that is automatically given to your computer when you are surfing on the internet. Servers and 'big computers' that host web pages, automatically identify your computer through its IP number. The  GEOSS Portal website may use IP addresses in order to carry out statistics. However, as IP addresses and personal identification are not linked to each other users remain anonymous.


Use of cookies

Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to an individual hard drive for record-keeping purposes; passwords are not saved in cookies. Cookies help ESA to know which pages are visited most often and helps ESA to ensure that its website responds to users' needs.

If you do not wish to receive a cookie, or if you wish your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, you may use the option on your web browser to disable cookies. Click on the 'help' section of your browser to learn how to change cookie preferences. However, please note that if you disable all cookies you may not be able to take advantage of all the features available on this website.

ESA does not use personal identification details transferred through cookies either for promotion or marketing purposes, nor will such information be



The following copyright pertains to the web content of the GEOSS Portal.

The web contents of the GEOSS Portal are intended for general information. ESA grants permission to users to visit the site, and to download and copy information, images, documents and materials as long as the appropriate credit is given. ESA does not grant the right to re-sell or re-distribute any information, documents, images or material from this web site or to compile or create derivative works from material on this web site. 

All material published on the GEOSS Portal website is protected by copyright and owned or controlled by ESA or the party credited as the provider of the content, software or other material.

Further copyright restrictions apply to material derived or received from the Further copyright restrictions apply to material derived or received from the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) 
If you believe that the existence of any element of content on this site is in violation of intellectual or industrial property rights, or for further clarification on these terms and conditions please contact ESA immediately by email (eohelp@esa.int)