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In the field


ECMWF Director General discusses the implementation of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring and Climate Change services

Professor Alan Thorpe shares with Copernicus Observer his views on the implementation and management of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring and Climate Change services which have been recently entrusted to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).


Copernicus: a tool for monitoring Europe's ecologically sensitive riparian zones

Riparian zones are fragile, yet environmentally important areas, which perform a range of "ecosystem services", such as filtering water, supporting wildlife and stabilising river banks. Within the Copernicus programme, a stream of activities dedicated to mapping and monitoring riparian zones lends support to a range of EU policies aiming to protect and sustain valuable ecological features.


A crucial milestone for the Copernicus infrastructure: two Delegation Agreements ensure the development of the Space Component over the next 7 years

Two Delegation Agreements were signed by the EC: one with the European Space Agency to continue developing the Space component and another with EUMETSAT for the provision of Space data and operational support, with significant budget allocations of €3.15 billion and €229 million respectively.

In motion


Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service: Estimating emissions to better forecast air quality

With each breath, we inhale vital oxygen as well as small quantities of potentially harmful gases and particles which directly affect our health. MACC-III (the precursor project to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service which will effectively enter into service in July 2015) provides daily information on global atmospheric composition by monitoring and forecasting emissions such as greenhouse gases, reactive gases, ozone and aerosols.


Free and open access to Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 data would contribute to the preservation and development of Indonesia's marine resources

The value-added information and modelling outputs from the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring service, and the free and open data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3, could contribute to efforts to observe, protect and sustainably manage the invaluable marine resources of the Indonesian archipelago.

Business Corner


Participation in the Copernicus programme is a business development asset for an environmental monitoring SME

Participation in research and development projects using Copernicus Land Monitoring data has enabled an Italian SME providing geospatial services to develop marketable skills and capabilities. As a result of this, the company has developed new business opportunities through national mapping initiatives.