Breaking news

Sentinel-1A, the first satellite of the Copernicus constellation, has been declared operational. From now on, users have free, open and full access to a vast amount of Earth Observation imagery.

In the field


Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Director at DG Environment: "Copernicus is one of the pillars providing environmental information"

In an interview with the Copernicus Observer, Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, the Director for Implementation, Governance and Semester at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) spoke about the role of DG ENV in respect to the Copernicus Programme.


Copernicus mapping products support emergency response to natural and man-made crises during the summer of 2014

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) was activated on six separate occasions during the months of June to September 2014, due to a series of extreme weather events across Europe and Asia. These activations resulted in the generation of 59 satellite mapping products covering several locations around the two continents.


Copernicus and EFFIS: improving EU capabilities for the forecasting and monitoring of wildfires

The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) provides near real-time and historical data on forest fires from pre-fire conditions to assessing post-fire damages. This system will be integrated next year into the Copernicus Emergency Management Service as part of its Early Warning component.

In motion


The potential contribution of the Copernicus programme to the preservation of global natural and cultural heritage

For several decades, UNESCO has been using satellite data for the protection of natural and cultural World Heritage sites. Free, full and open access to data from the Sentinel satellites will contribute to effective sustainable development and conservation of natural and cultural landmarks across the globe.

Business Corner


Copernicus data means sustainability for geohazard mapping of Italy

Following the loss of Envisat, the continuity of a pioneering project aiming to map and prevent geohazards in Italy has been assured by the Copernicus programme through its first dedicated satellite, Sentinel-1. The development of innovative techniques for measuring ground movements and geological instability was pioneered by scientists at the Polytechnic University of Milan and commercialised by its spin-off company, Tele-Rilevamento Europa.