About EOX::Maps for ESA

EOX::Maps for ESA are background and overlay maps provided by EOX for usage by ESA

These maps are made of Open Data and designed and hosted by EOX. They can be accessed via the standardized web services WMTS and WMS.

Note that usage is currently reserved to map clients operated by ESA for the benefit of its Earth Observation user communities.

The following maps are available:

All maps are provided as WMTS and WMS layers in simple longlat projection also known as WGS84 or EPSG:4326 or pseudo-mercator projection also known as Google projection, EPSG:3857, or EPSG:900913.

Try out the interactive demo at the top of this page to explore the available data or proceed to the next section to find out how to use the maps in your application.

EOX::Maps Usage

In order to use the maps in your application you first need the approval from the ESA responsible. Please send your request for access to Olivier Barois olivier.barois@esa.int. Note that usage is currently reserved to map clients operated by ESA for the benefit of its Earth Observation user communities. You will usually get a response within a few working days.

The maps can easily be embedded using some html and javascript code like shown here which gives this. Of course you can include the provided WMTS or WMS layers directly in your client using the following details.

Don't forget that proper attribution is required for any usage. Please use the attribution as given above including the respective links e.g. Terrain { Data © OpenStreetMap contributors and others, Rendering © EOX }

In addition to the maps there is elevation data available via WCS.

You are interested in a custom map? You need a map in your custom projection? You need an offline map for your intranet? Just get in touch with us , we gladly offer our professional support.

You want to be mentioned as showcase below or on maps.eox.at? You have suggestions to make our maps more awesome? In any case, we'd love to hear from you .

EOX::Maps for ESA Showcases

Interactive demo EOX

The interactive demo at the top of this page offers the various background maps selectable at the top right of the map.

Apart from the motivation to create beautiful maps one of the main drivers is to split background from overlay layers to enable embedding data properly in between. The reason is that both background and overlay provide spatial context in different ways. The background (e.g. Terrain) provides an idea of land usage and topography while the overlay adds labels and line features like borders or streets to provide more detailed information. Depending on the background map one of the two overlays can be enabled. Over the Terrain map for example the dark version is used whereas the bright version for better visibility can be enabled over the marble background maps.

Interactive 3D demo

Copernicus Open Access Hub by European Commision &European Space Agency

EOX::Maps for ESA are used in the Copernicus Open Access Hub.

The system uses EOX' background and overlay maps in its central map display to put search results of Earth Observation data in spatial context.

Click on the image below to access the Copernicus Open Access Hub.

ESA Copernicus Open Access Hub

Copernicus Sentinel App by European Commision &European Space Agency

The Copernicus Sentinel App is a gateway to knowing the Copernicus Sentinel satellites. It lets users track the satellites in real-time, discover their key elements, read the latest news and learn more about their products.

Copernicus Sentinel App icon

Download the Copernicus Sentinel App for iOS

Download the Copernicus Sentinel App for Android

Copernicus Sentinel App on tablet

Copernicus Sentinel App on phone

Service Level Agreement (SLA)

EOX guarantees include the following.

Operations is contracted until March 13th 2025.


The following datasets are used to generate EOX::Maps. Note that most of these datasets are Open Data. The layers for which the dataset is used are indicated in brackets.

The rendering is © EOX [Terrain Light, Terrain, Sentinel-2 cloudless, OpenStreetMap, Overlay, Bright overlay, Coastline, Hydrography, Streets] and MapServer [OpenStreetMap, Overlay, Bright overlay].



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