Introduction & Maps
All EPN stations upload daily (24 hour) RINEX
files to two EPN data centers (the primary and secondary data centre) from where they flow to the two EPN Regional data centres following a well-defined data flow scheme indicated in the
Guidelines for EPN Stations and Operational Centres.
In order to minimize file size, the RINEX data are Hatanaka compressed before being uploaded. Three months after the observation date, all daily RINEX data are copied to the EPN data archive at ROB (EPN CB). This archive also contains the historical data of the EPN stations from the period before they were integrated in the EPN.
Once a week, the EPN Central Bureau informs the EUREF community (through the EUREF mailing list) about missing data files and meta-data inconsistencies (sample email).
In addition to the daily data uploads,
EPN stations use the same data flow scheme to submit hourly RINEX data. The hourly EPN data are mainly used for the determination of zenith total delays
in near-real time aiming at improving numerical weather predictions (E-GVAP).
For these applications it is crucial that the hourly RINEX observation files are made available to the customer with latencies below 10 minutes.
The EPN CB distributes monthly (through the EUREF mailing list) an overview of the histogram of the minimal latencies of all the EPN stations (sample email).