Copernicus Masters 2014 competition

This competition rewards innovative proposals for new applications of EO data in solving problems for society and businesses. So don't miss the chance to win prizes with a combined value of more than EUR 300,000.

Featured event

Save the date for the 2014 Climate Symposium, a major event which will take place from the 5th - 10th November in Darmstadt (Germany).

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In the field

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service supports humanitarian responses to tackle the Ebola outbreak in Guinea

The European Commission's DG ECHO has been supporting the humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As part of its action plan, DG ECHO activated the Copernicus Emergency Management Service in order to obtain accurate and timely information on the city of Meliandou (Guinea) to enable them to plan and support logistical operations.

Sentinel-1A: leaving behind the commissioning phase

The first spacecraft of the Copernicus constellation of Sentinels was successfully launched into orbit on the 3rd of April 2014 from the European Spaceport in French Guiana. Very soon after the launch, the Sentinel-1A satellite successfully delivered its first images in record time. The commissioning phase is now progressing at full speed with outstanding results and will soon give rise to the operational phase.

In motion

Forecasting smog: how Copernicus supports national activities

Observations, from both satellites and ground-based in situ sensors, can provide a valuable snapshot of the air quality, but beyond that have no real predictive capability. Conversely, Copernicus Atmosphere monitoring service will combine state-of-the art computer models of the atmosphere with satellite and in situ observations, providing daily forecasts of the composition of the air around the globe, with a particular focus on Europe.

Copernicus projects: providing added-value to the EU fisheries control campaigns

The European Fisheries Control Agency has the important mandate of coordinating fisheries control operations and inspection activities by Member States and assisting them in complying with the application of the Common EU Fisheries Policy. In order to support these activities, two Copernicus projects (DOLPHIN and NEREIDS) have participated in two of the agency’s field campaigns.

Copernicus contributes to the security and safety of major football championships

Copernicus research projects began supporting the emergency planning around major football tournaments during the preparation of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa (2010). In the context of this year's championships in Brazil (12th June – 13th July 2014), Copernicus is contributing to ensuring the safety and security of players and supporters.

Business Corner

From Copernicus research projects to commercial services: monitoring oil and gas infrastructure and oil spills using Earth Observation

The Copernicus programme, which has evolved from a research-based programme to full operational capacity, has served as a means for companies to build capacity for the provision of commercial Space-related services. The Spanish multinational GMV is a successful example of how participation in Copernicus has created new commercial opportunities.

Barcelona implements state-of-the-art initiatives thanks to Copernicus

In March 2014, the European Capital of Innovation 'iCapital' prize was awarded to Barcelona (Spain). Starlab, an SME based in the Catalan city, has supported the City Council of Barcelona in the implementation of several innovative projects that are making the city more resilient to climate change and ensuring the welfare of citizens in many other ways.