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INTRODUCTION
The Polar Thematic Exploitation Platform provides a complete working environment where users can access algorithms and data remotely, providing computing resources and tools that they might not otherwise have, avoiding the need to download and manage large volumes of data. This new approach removes the need to transfer large Earth Observation data sets around the world, while increasing the analytical power available to researchers and operational service providers.

Earth Observation is especially import in the polar regions at a time when climate change is having a profound impact and excitement about new economic opportunities is driving increased attention and traffic, resulting in concerns about the state of the region’s delicate ecosystems. Developing tools to model, understand and monitor these changes is vitally important in order to better predict and mitigate the resulting global economic and environmental consequences. Polar TEP provides new ways to exploit EO data for research scientists, industry, operational service providers, regional authorities and in support of policy development.

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Discover many more details about the Polar TEP project, including the context for a polar platform, available data, tools and processing services, examples of how the platform helps current users, how to register as a first time user and answers to many more questions.

Polar TEP Terms & Conditions

The Polar TEP (Thematic Exploitation Platform) is a public site to which registered users are allowed to upload content and anyone may view or download content. Users are responsible for knowing their rights to distribute information and for ensuring the appropriateness of information that they upload to the site.

Acceptable Use Policy

  • As a user of Polar TEP, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Failure to do so may result in termination of access
  • Polar TEP is to be used only for purposes in line with the objectives of supporting polar research and operations in the polar regions. The Polar TEP is not to be used for non-Polar TEP related activities
  • As a user of Polar TEP, you understand that you are the only individual to access these accounts and will not knowingly permit access by others without written approval. You understand that sharing login information with other people is prohibited. You understand that any misuse of assigned accounts and my accessing others’ accounts without authorization is not allowed.
  • You understand that this/these system(s) and resources are subject to monitoring and recording and you will have no expectation of privacy in any use of these systems.
  • You are responsible for using the computing systems, resources and facilities in an efficient and effective manner.
  • You understand that you are responsible for protecting any information processed or stored in any accounts, which may include encrypting the data to provide protection that goes beyond the standard OS protection provided by the computing systems.
  • You understand that you shall not engage in activities that compromise or weaken the security of Polar TEP systems.
  • You understand that you shall not make copies of copyrighted software, except as permitted by law or by the owner of the copyright.
  • You understand that you shall not attempt to access any data or programs contained on systems for which you do not have authorisation or explicit consent from the owner of the data or processor.
  • You understand that you are required to report any security weaknesses in the systems or any IT security incidents including misuse or violation of this agreement, to the Polar TEP Helpdesk.
  • You understand that you are required to access Polar TEP only from remote systems that are safe from malicious programs and activity
  • Polar TEP is not to be used for any illegal activity. Any illegal activity will be reported to the authorities and may be liable to prosecution.
  • Applicable Laws

  • The Polar TEP is governed by various laws and legislative provisions of the UK, including but not limited to the Computer Misuse Act (1990), the Protection of Children Act (1978), the Criminal Justice Act (1988) and the Prevention of Harassment Act (1997).
  • The Data Protection Act (1998) applies to both Satellite Applications Catapult and any of Satellite Applications Catapult’s customers (“Customer”) in respect of the storage of personal data relating to third parties.
  • To the extent that any Customer may be storing any personal data in the CEMS Environment, they must carry out internal checks as to the applicability of the Data Protection Act 1998 to that personal data.
  • Under the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Act (2002) Satellite Applications Catapult cannot be held liable for any unlawful acts carried out using the CEMS Environment unless it has actual knowledge of those unlawful acts. In any event where Satellite Applications Catapult becomes aware of those acts it will take all necessary measures to prevent them from continuing.
  • Legal compliance

  • Knowingly infringing intellectual property rights (copyright, patents and trademarks) can be an offence under UK law. Customers may not use the CEMS Environment in such a way as to violate intellectual property rights and Satellite Applications Catapult will assist any rights holders in the enforcement of those rights were appropriate.
  • Customers are advised to take all reasonable care and action to ensure that they do not break or breach the laws of countries outside the UK in their use of the CEMS Environment and to the extent that they may do so and Satellite Applications Catapult becomes aware of the same, it will assist in any party entitled to enforce those laws.
  • Defamatory or Vulgar Content

  • Members who post information have the responsibility for assuring their content's appropriateness. All content should remain on topic. Fraudulent, harassing, obscene, or sexually explicit language or materials are inappropriate and not welcome. Mass solicitations (SPAM) are inappropriate.
  • The collaborative websites do not moderate comments or user-created pages, but if an issue is brought to our attention, we reserve the right to remove content deemed inappropriate and take necessary action against the user.
  • Transmitting, receiving or storing certain types of files can be an offence under UK law. Customers may not use the CEMS Environment to store, transfer or receive material of an indecent, offensive or otherwise illegal nature. These activities may result in criminal prosecution.
  • User Generated Content & Responsibilities

  • Significant content on Polar TEP is user generated and it is not possible to provide assurance to the accuracy, relevance or usefulness of information published by users.
  • Users have a responsibility to report any suspected weaknesses in site security and any incidents of possible misuse or violation of this agreement to the proper authorities by contacting the website administrator.
  • All registered users have the ability and responsibility to notify the Polar TEP Helpdesk of inappropriate content. These notifications will result in the content being taken down for review and the owner of the content notified. Following review, the content may be removed from the platform.
  • Users shall not divulge or share login information, such as passwords. Users are responsible for notifying the site in a timely manner if their account password is compromised.
  • Users shall not purposely engage in activities to: harass other users; degrade the performance of systems; deprive an authorised user access to a resource; circumvent computer security measures or gain access to a system for which proper authorisation has not been given.
  • Hosting

  • The Customer is solely responsible for all content in their allocated Polar TEP (CEMS) environment and ensuring that the contents of their Polar TEP (CEMS) environment comply with all applicable UK laws and EU directives, and do not infringe the intellectual property rights of third parties.
  • The Customer is only entitled to use the CEMS Environment for lawful purposes. The CEMS Environment may not be used as follows:
  • In any way which is in breach of any UK or locally applicable national or international law
  • For the purpose of transmission of any data containing viruses, worms, loggers, spyware or other harmful programs or code of any kind or nature
  • In any way which breaches the rights of third parties (including, but not limited to, privacy and copyright)
  • In any way which implies, suggests or indicates incorrectly that Satellite Applications Catapult is responsible for any content emanating from or stored at or on the CEMS Environment The above bullet points are examples only. Any unlawful use of the CEMS Environment shall be in breach of this Acceptable Use Policy
  • Consequences for Inappropriate and Illegal Behavior

  • Users who post inappropriate or illegal material, or who use this website for illegal activities will lose access to their account and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
  • Users who are removed from the site and wish to reapply for access will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Should the User transgress again, they will be removed permanently with no recourse to reapply.
  • About Polar TEP

    Polar View Earth Observation Limited (Polar View) is developing a Polar Thematic Exploitation Platform (Polar TEP) for the European Space Agency (ESA). Polar TEP will provide polar researchers with access to computing resources, earth observation (EO) and other data, and software tools in the cloud. This new approach will remove the need to transfer large EO data sets around the world, while increasing the analytical power available to researchers and operational service providers.

    In the traditional workflow for the analysis of earth observation (EO) data, users download the data to their local site and then process it using their available software and computing resources. With the increasing volume of data available from missions such as Sentinel, and the resulting need for powerful computing resources for processing, the existing methods of working are inefficient and restrict the use of EO data.

    ESA’s Thematic Exploitation Platform (TEP) concept aims to provide a working environment where users can access algorithms and data remotely, providing them with computing resources and tools that they might not otherwise have, and avoiding the need to download and store large volumes of data. This new way of working will encourage wider exploitation of EO data.

    EO is especially import in the polar regions at a time when climate change is having a profound impact and excitement about new economic opportunities is driving increased attention and traffic, resulting in concerns about the state of the region’s delicate ecosystems. Developing tools to model, understand and monitor these changes is vitally important in order to better predict and mitigate the resulting global economic and environmental consequences.

    Polar View Earth Observation Limited is developing a TEP for ESA that will be customized for polar research and operational needs. Polar View brings a team to this project that combines a unique mix of polar domain experts, scientists, operational service providers, ICT experts, and user representatives. Polar TEP will integrate data discovery and access for a rich set of polar themed EO and complimentary datasets, a scalable computing environment, a suite of analytical tools and the ability for users to supply their own models, plus tools to allow sharing of results and promote collaboration. These resources will be accessed through a web portal.

    The platform architecture will be open, scalable and independent of any specific IT infrastructure. This approach will allow easy expansion of the platform’s capabilities, and encourage the development of a wider network of other thematic exploitation platforms.

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