NRT vs Standard Products

The major difference between Near Real Time (NRT) and Standard products is how quickly they are produced (latency). However, generating products in near real time can cause differences from the standard, science quality products. For summaries of these differences, see the discussions at Near Real-Time versus Standard Products on the Earthdata web site.

For more complete details, refer to the following documents:

Comparison of Standard and NRT Products:

If latency is not a primary concern

If latency is not a primary concern, users are encouraged to use the standard science products, which are created using the best available ancillary, calibration, and ephemeris information.

Standard products corresponding to NRT products are archived as follows: