In the field
The first mission of the Copernicus family of Sentinels is designed to provide continuous routine data for the operational monitoring of oceans and land, and to support coordinated and rapid response operations to disasters (e.g. landslides and floods) as well as humanitarian aid missions.
The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service provides a quantitative overview of trends and patterns in the occupation and use of land situated in close proximity to sea walls, cliffs or beaches.
The Copernicus programme was presented on the occasion of the GEO Week in Geneva and highlighted as one of the most important European contributions to GEOSS.
During its two years of activity, the EMS has provided actors involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made emergency situations and humanitarian crises with timely and accurate geospatial information in the form of reference, delineation and grading maps.
The Copernicus programme could prove to be an essential, strategic tool in the battle against piracy, thanks to the innovative technologies developed in several research projects.
CleanSeaNet, which benefits from the Copernicus programme, processes images from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites and provides information about oil spills and pollution alerts to national authorities in twenty-seven European coastal states in less than thirty minutes (near real-time).
The evolution of Copernicus Services has always been closely aligned with the requirements expressed by users. Feedback mechanisms are in place to ensure that user needs remain front and centre.
Years of research through the Copernicus programme and EU funded projects dedicated to land and environmental monitoring, as well as the analysis of user requirements, have enabled Indra, a Madrid-based multinational, to develop its capabilities and skills while generating new markets and activities.
The Apulia region (Italy) and the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS), in collaboration with the Apulian Aerospace District (DTA-Distretto Aerospaziale Pugliese), organised the "Space4You" international conference, which showcased the benefits that European regions can reap from Space technologies and applications.