Data Terra is a research infrastructure dedicated to Earth System observation data. Created in 2016, it falls within the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) 2019-2021 national roadmap. Its full mean annual coast is 39 million euros and it mobilizes more than 170 Full Time Equivalent (FTE)/Year, distributed over more than 400 people from the 19 partner organizations.

This research infrastructure is based on four data centres covering each of the major compartments of the Earth System: continental surfaces (THEIA), atmosphere (AERIS), oceans (ODATIS) and Solid Earth (FORM@TER), working groups and transversal services (DINAMIS).

Each data centre aims to facilitate access to satellite, airborne and in-situ data acquired and managed by research laboratories or federative structures (Universe Science Observatories (OSU), Research Federations, …), by national infrastructures such as National Observing Services (SNO), Environmental Research Observation and Experimentation Systems (SOERE), and by the oceanographic fleet, aircraft, balloons and space missions.

Intended to the scientific community as well as public and socio-economic actors, these multi-source data, products and services are accessible through a unified and coherent portal. Data Terra represented 50,000 TB in 2017, and is expected to reach 100,000 TB by 2022.

Coordinating, federating and optimising all existing institutions, systems and resources is one of the Data Terra’s key ambitions, on a national scale, as well as on an European and international scale.