Specifications of earth observation images differ among satellites, sensors, and distribution systems, so the hurdles of cross-sectional using of the data are still high. Therefore, we are developing the satellite data distribution service, "JAXA Earth API", which enables developers and researchers to use JAXA's multiple satellite data easily in programming environment such as Python and JavaScript.

Some of the earth observation data published by JAXA are available, and will be added sequentially.


2023/06/01 - QGIS Plugin was joined to the Apps & Tools.
2023/01/10 - Almost datasets were updated including past data before 2020.
2022/08/16 - JAXA Earth API for Python Version 0.1.2 (Prototype) is available.
2022/06/09 - Prototype of JAXA Earth API has disclosed.


The datasets includes JAXA's public datasets and other agency's public datasets converted to COG (Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF), and so on. Over 70 datasets are available!

Land Surface Data by ALOS Satellite

  • AW3DDigital Surface Model
  • FNFForest Non Forest map

Precipitation Rate by GSMaP

  • RainMonthly
  • RainDaily
  • RainMonthly (normal)

Land Surface Temperature (LST) by GCOM-C Satellite

  • LSTDaytime / Monthly
  • LSTNighttime / Monthly
  • LSTDaytime / Daily
  • LSTNighttime / Daily

Sea Surface Temperature (SST) by GCOM-W Satellite

  • SSTDaytime / Daily
  • SSTNighttime / Daily

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) by GCOM-C Satellite

  • NDVIMonthly
  • NDVIHalf-monthly
  • NDVIDaily

Soil Moisture Content (SMC) by GCOM-W Satellite

  • SMCDaytime / Monthly
  • SMCNighttime / Monthly
  • SMCDaytime / Daily
  • SMCNighttime / Daily
Explore All Datasets

Apps & Tools

  • QGIS Plugin

    Python API is more easily available on the QGIS by using the plugin. (Developed by MIERUNE Inc.)

  • JavaScript Notebook Samples

    JavaScript API is also available on the Observable.

  • Sea Level Rise Simulator

    Explore the rise in sea level by using digital surface model "AW3D" data.

  • Data Explorer

    Explore JAXA Earth datasets by web app developed by using JavaScript API.



API that runs on the client side is developed and disclosed, which allows users to check and change the process as needed. The API can acquire metadata of any layer and satellite data of any area and date.

  • API for Python

    API for Python is available! The API has QGIS interface to acquire and display satellite images.

    Get Started

  • API for JavaScript

    API for JavaScript will come soon! By using the API, you can display satellite images on your browers and can develop web apps.

Demonstration of JAXA Earth API for Python with QGIS


COG (Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF)

  • In the database, JAXA Earth API uses COG as satellite image. COG enables users to get optimized tiles to minimize data volume of transfer.
  • If you would like to know more, please check it.
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STAC (SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog)

  • To enable efficient search and retrieval of COGs stored as various collections, STAC is employed as a data catalog and stored in a database.
  • If you would like to know more, please check it.
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The JAXA Earth API currently has no restrictions on user registration, API key issuance, or the number of times the API can be used. Under the following conditions, the API module can be used free of charge in a variety of development environments. Also, modifications are possible for open source modules.

For the license of each data, please refer to the license information defined on the respective STAC. Commercial use is permitted for data to which the "Terms of use of research data" has been applied.

However, the API and database are provided on an “AS IS” BASIS and are subject to change without notice. JAXA/EORC does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, reliability, operation, etc. of the database and the API. JAXA/EORC are not responsible for any event or accident caused by the use of this API or modules or databases. The use of the API and the database in a manner that is offensive to public order and morals or otherwise inappropriate in terms of social norms is prohibited.

If you intend to publish your results using the API in a paper, website, etc. or if you intend to release software incorporating the API module, please indicate so in the text (Example: “The data used in this paper have been obtained using the JAXA Earth API” “Image: Created using the JAXA Earth API” “The JAXA Earth API for Python module has been used”).

These license terms are subject to change without notice. For any inquiries about the terms, please contact us.