Terms and Conditions

The CCI Web Portal offers the general public the possibility to learn about ESA’s Climate Change Initiative Programme and enable access to downloadable CCI datasets from multiple Essential Climate Variable (ECV) teams through a variety of download methods.


Access to, and use of, the ESA CCI website 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 Web Portal does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided by external sources and accepts no responsibility or liability for any consequences arising from the use of such data.

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.

Access and availability of service and links

The ESA CCI site may contain links and references to third-party websites. 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. ESA makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, availability or content of information, text, graphics which are not under the 'esa.int' 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.

Personal Data Privacy

By accessing the ESA CCI website, certain information about users, such as internet protocol (IP) addresses, navigation through the site, software used and time spent, as well as other similar information, will be stored on ESA servers or servers of other parties directly involved in the delivery of the website. 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 not be published or made available for general access, but shall be used for statistical purposes. 

Personal data submitted via the ‘User Registration’ form will be passed onto the ESA CCI ECV teams that the user selects and added to their mailing lists.  This data will be used by the teams to send information relating to their datasets to the users.

A user has the right to request that they be removed from these mailing lists, which can be facilitated through a link on the User Registration page.

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

View the privacy notice.

Use of IP addresses

The IP address is a number that is automatically given to your computer when you are surfing on the internet. Servers that host web pages, automatically identify your computer through its IP number. ESA uses IP addresses in order to carry out statistics, however, as IP addresses and personal identification are not linked to each other users remains 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 shared with a third party.


The contents of the CCI ESA Web Portal are intended for the personal and non-commercial use of its users. ESA grants permission to users to visit the site, and to download and copy information, images, documents and materials from the website for users' personal non-commercial use. ESA does not grant the right to resell or redistribute any information, documents, images or material from its website or to compile or create derivative works from material on its website. Use of material on the website is subject to the terms and conditions outlined below.

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

Users may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display or in any way exploit any of the content, software, material or services, in whole or in part, without obtaining prior written authorisation.

Use of ESA logo

The ESA logo is owned by ESA and protected by trademarks and under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. You may not modify or create derivatives of the ESA logo. Any use, reproduction, publication, display, transmission, making available to the public or exploitation of the ESA logo requires prior written authorisation. For authorisation, please contact: corporatedesign@esa.int.

Use of ESA data

The CCI datasets held on the CCI Open Data Portal may be used by any user for any purpose, with the following terms and conditions:

  1. Users of the CCI data are required to acknowledge the ESA Climate Change Initiative and <the specific CCI project> together with the individual data providers if the data are used in a presentation or publication.  Please also cite any relevant dataset DOIs (see example citation text below).
  2. Users of the CCI data are encouraged to interact with the CCI programme on use of the products, and to provide a copy of all reports and publications using the dataset. An offer of co-authorship should be considered, if the CCI data constitute a major component of a scientific publication.
  3. Intellectual property rights (IPR) in the CCI data lie with the researchers and organisations producing the data.
  4. Liability: No warranty is given as to the quality or the accuracy of the CCI data or its suitability for any use. All implied conditions relating to the quality or suitability of the information, and all liabilities arising from the supply of the information (including any liability arising in negligence) are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Example citations:

For datasets without a DOI:

AuthorName1, AuthorName2 (<year>): ESA <ECV-name> Climate Change Initiative (ESA <ECV short name> CCI) data: <Product name and Version number> via Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, Date of citation

For datasets with a DOI:

AuthorName1, AuthorName2 (<year>): ESA <ECV-name> Climate Change Initiative (ESA <ECV short name> CCI) data: <Product name and Version number>, <Publisher>, <Publication Date>, <DOI>