What is the Copernicus Programme?
Copernicus is the European Union's Earth Observation Programme. It is a leading provider of Earth observation data, which is used for services providers, public authorities and other international organisations to improve the quality of life for the European citizens. The gathered EO data benefit emergency response, global food security, border control and homeland security by contributing to maritime surveillance.
The Copernicus services transform this wealth of satellite and in situ data into value-added information by processing and analysing the data. Datasets stretching back for years and decades are made comparable and searchable, thus ensuring the monitoring of changes; patterns are examined and used to create better forecasts, for example, of the ocean and the atmosphere. Maps are created from imagery, features and anomalies are identified and statistical information is extracted.
These value-adding activities are streamlined through six thematic streams of Copernicus services:
The information provided by the Copernicus services can be used by end users for a wide range of applications in a variety of areas. These include urban area management, sustainable development and nature protection, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, health, civil protection, infrastructure, transport and mobility, as well as tourism.
The main users of Copernicus services are policymakers and public authorities who need the information to develop environmental legislation and policies or to take critical decisions in the event of an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a humanitarian crisis.
Based on the Copernicus services and on the data collected through the Sentinels and the contributing missions, many value-added services can be tailored to specific public or commercial needs, resulting in new business opportunities.
➡️ Find out more about how Copernicus impacts our lives at: https://www.copernicus.eu/
Following the announcement in December of the signature of a contract for a new service to access and exploit the Copernicus satellites data, IP/22/7374, Copernicus is pleased to announce the first release of the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem portal. This portal will be a gateway to Sentinel as well as other data together with data processing functionalities.
The new Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem follows on from the success of the current Copernicus Data Hub distribution service, which has reached more than 500 PB of Sentinel data downloaded by a growing community of more than 600,000 registered users, ensuring the continuity of the open and free access to Copernicus data and extending the portfolio for data processing and data access possibilities.
Users can now access a first release of the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem via the new web portal. New service functionalities together with portal updates will be released in the coming months in line with the service roadmap as documented on the new web portal. Users of the current Copernicus Data Hub distribution service are encouraged to re-register on the new web portal and migrate their workflows to the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem before July 2023.