In the field
The European Space Expo has beaten its own record of visitor numbers with more than 50,000 people attending over the eight days it was open to the public in Rome. This figure exceeds the previous record of 30,000 visitors set at the Dublin Expo.
In preparation for the parbuckling of the Costa Concordia, which started on the 16th of September 2013, downstream applications based on inputs from the Copernicus programme were developed to assist the Italian Coast Guard to better plan risk mitigation measures and to enable immediate reaction in case of an oil spill.
The transitioning of Copernicus services into the operational phase provides new business opportunities for both Space and non Space-related entities. In addition, the launch of the first satellites of the Sentinel family in 2014 represents a cornerstone in the further development of the Copernicus programme itself. In order to facilitate a better understanding of the programme's potential, the European Commission (EC) is supporting a series of user forums in Eastern European Member States.
Extreme conditions, such as intense heat, coupled with dry weather and strong winds, or thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall, make the summer in some parts of Europe and overseas particularly challenging for Emergency Management operators. The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) was activated on four separate occasions as a response to natural disasters in Eastern Europe, Southern France, India and Portugal and to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.
After a record-breaking deployment in Rome, the European Space Expo visited Vilnius, Lithuania from the 17th to the 22nd of September 2013. This was the fifteenth stopover of the European Space Expo in its journey across the EU.
The MACC-II (Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate - Interim Implementation) project, which is the precursor to the Copernicus Atmosphere Service, combines state-of-the-art computerised models of the atmosphere, such as those used for our daily weather forecasts, with satellite and in situ observations. The models provide daily forecasts of the composition of the air around the globe, with a particular focus on Europe.
The capital city of Scotland became the centre of Earth Observation (EO) science when the European Space Agency’s (ESA) fourth Living Planet Symposium was held from the 9th to the 13th of September.
The Copernicus Academy is being presented across Europe as a key element of the Copernicus4Regions initiative which promotes dialogue between the private sector, Local and Regional Authorities and the academic and research communities.
The first workshop dedicated to the Copernicus Climate Change service took place in Brussels on the 4th of June 2013, providing the opportunity for the Copernicus community to showcase the current state of play of the pre-operational service to Climate Change users and stakeholders.
The waters surrounding Abu Dhabi cover about 37000 km2 and contain several vulnerable and ecologically significant ecosystems. As part of an industrial consortium, EOMAP was tasked by the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) to map these ecosystems for the first time, using high resolution satellite data. In acquiring this opportunity, EOMAP benefitted significantly from its participation in the Copernicus programme.
No less than six pilot projects or large-scale demonstrators in Copernicus and Galileo downstream services were launched in 2013 under the European Mobile & Mobility Industries Alliance, funded by the European Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The large-scale demonstrators address specific challenges and facilitate the emergence of new industries by implementing innovative services on a local and national level.
The use of Earth Observation (EO) technologies combined with the support of a Regional Contact Office of the Copernicus4Regions initiative made it possible for a European start-up company to develop new business opportunities with a U.S. major insurance company after Hurricane Sandy.