Before you can started with Earth observation data and the SkyWatch platform, you will need a few things.
Obtaining an API key
If you do not have an API key, you can sign up for one here.
Once your account is created, you will receive an email with a link to set your password. For security reasons, this link is only valid for a limited time. If the time has lapsed or if your API key no longer works, you can reach us at +1 (888) 882-8232 or send us an email.
Once you receive your login, you can head to your dashboard to set up your account and get a copy of your API key. Read more on how to manage your account.
Software that can read Earth observation data
Earth observation data comes in multiple formats. Currently, the EarthCache platform can return data in the following formats: PNG, GeoTIFF, and JP2.
For reading GeoTiff & JP2 images, we recommend downloading ESA's SNAP tool included in their Sentinel Toolboxes package. You can download the installer here. Alternate cross platform software packages include Orfeo Toolbox & QGIS.