In the field
The Urban Atlas is one of Europe's "trump cards" in ensuring that the decisions of policy makers are the right ones. Today, the Urban Atlas provides high resolution maps for some 305 Larger Urban Zones across Europe.
The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) of the EC's DG ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection) was inaugurated in May 2013 to support a coordinated and rapid response to disasters both within and outside Europe. As a key user of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS), the ERCC hosted a workshop aiming to collect user feedback on the EMS products delivered after the floods that occurred in Central Europe in June 2013.
The European Commission is carrying out a series of activities in order to raise awareness of Copernicus services and products and to promote their uptake. To this end, a two day-event was organised in Bucharest on the 7th and the 8th of November, during which successful case studies using Copernicus products were presented to potential users and practical training sessions were carried out.
On the 8th of November (UTC) Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines leaving widespread damage across the country, causing a large number of fatalities (the latest figures for the official death toll are more than 5,000) and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. The typhoon, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, sustained winds of up to 295 km/h making it stronger than a Category 5 hurricane.
The European Space Expo has travelled to Lisbon, its last destination for this year, and has attracted over 50,000 people, thanks to a rich programme of activities and talks.
The European Union itself has a unique set of natural diversity and the preservation of its land as well as marine ecosystems is at the heart of important initiatives and legislative acts. In line with this priority, Copernicus services are actively engaged in contributing to the monitoring and the protection of biodiversity both within and outside the EU by developing innovative Space-based tools.
The GMES & Africa initiative was established in 2007 to create an overarching framework in Africa for Earth Observation applications, through the development of a specific roadmap which applies the EU Copernicus programme approach to the African continent. Several projects have been funded to pave the way for the implementation of this initiative. BRAGMA (Bridging Actions for GMES & Africa) is an FP7 project designed to support the GMES & Africa initiative and the development of its Action Plan.
The EUFODOS project has been using state-of-the-art satellite and laser scanning technology to provide forest authorities with cost-effective, timely and comprehensive information on forest structure and damage.
A series of information days, part of 'The Countdown to H2020 Space Tour' which started in September 2013 in Vilnius (Lithuania), presents the new rules and priorities for Space-related research funding.
The objective of the ICEMAR project is to establish a pilot downstream Copernicus ice monitoring service to deliver existing sea ice information products directly to vessels operating in icy waters, and to ensure the sustainability of the service in the long term. After three years, this European Commission-funded project is nearing its end, having successfully developed and demonstrated a pilot sea ice information distribution system.
Astrosat is an SME founded in 2012 by serial entrepreneur and astrophysicist, Steve Lee. The company has won prizes at the Copernicus and Galileo Masters three times in the last two years, and has successfully turned the ideas behind these competitions into innovative new technologies and commercially viable services using Copernicus data.
The ASIMUTH Copernicus project has the capacity to provide European fish and shellfish farmers with advanced warning of potential HABs.