New publication showcases how Copernicus data helps European local and regional authorities

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The European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) have launched a new report consisting of 99 stories from European public authorities that showcases how they benefit from Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme.

The report intends to serve as a practical handbook exemplifying the different types of Copernicus uses as well as the processes that lead a public administration to develop and use space-based information and data.

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Fri, 14/12/2018 - 09:43

Oil Spill Mapping with Sentinel-1


This webinar provides the basics of image processing for oil spill mapping. It demonstrates how to access the RUS Service and how to download, process, analyse and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites. The ESA SNAP Sentinel-1 Toolbox will be employed to demonstrate the methodology to map an area affected by this type of pollution.





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African Union signs Cooperation Arrangement with EU Copernicus programme

Copernicus is the European Union's Earth Observation Programme, looking at the Earth and its environment. It offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data. Image: Copernicus

The African Union (AU) Commission signed a Cooperation Arrangement with the European Commission (EC) in Brussels on 12 June 2018 to facilitate AU’s access to Earth observation data from the Sentinel satellites of the Copernicus Programme.


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Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:58

Space-based applications driving fire early warning and monitoring systems

Wildfires in Greece near Kineta captured by the Sentinel 2 satellite on 23 July. Image: Copernicus.

The summer of 2018 has seen several severe wildfires across Europe and the world. A number of space-based applications and data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Union’s Copernicus programme, the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) are supporting authorities in fighting the fires.


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Mon, 30/07/2018 - 14:56

Atos activates new Earth observation platform Mundi to consolidate disaster preparedness

On 14 December 2017, ESA, acting on behalf of the European Commission, signed Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) contracts with four industrial consortia. DIAS will give unlimited, free and complete access to Copernicus data and information. Image: ESA.

Atos activated its new Earth observation platform Mundi Web Services on 21 June 2018. The platform is already being used by several clients to evaluate and manage disaster risks.


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Tue, 24/07/2018 - 11:18

UN-SPIDER Updates March 2018

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Fri, 13/04/2018


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UN-SPIDER Updates March 2018

Using new techniques in Greece to track the effects of flooding

The Sentinel-1 RGB stack showing (in red) flooding on February 23, 2018. Image: Sentinel Playground

Greek Geographic Information Systems company Geospatial Enabling Technologies (GET) has tested a new crisis management solution based on services rendered through the Copernicus Sentinel Hub after flooding in Farkadona, Greece.

The Copernicus Sentinel Hub, set up by the European Commission and European Space Agency, is a service that provides quick and up-to-date satellite information to be used by authorities. Through the Sentinel-1 satellite in particular, they use radar to track differences between flooded and dry land through before and after images.


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Mon, 30/04/2018 - 11:06

European Union launches latest Earth observation satellite able to track disasters

An image taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 28 September 2016 showing wildfires in the Russian Federation. Image: ESA/CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

The European Union’s latest Earth observation satellite, Sentinel-3B, was successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Russian Federation on 25 April. The satellite will monitor the Earth’s land, oceans and atmosphere. It will also be able to track disasters and provide up-to-date information to emergency response teams.


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Thu, 26/04/2018 - 13:53

European Commission and India to share satellite data

The European Commission and Department of Space of India sign a Cooperation Arrangement to share satellite Earth Observation data. Image: European External Action Service (EEAS)

The European Commission (EC) and Department of Space (DoS) of India signed a Cooperation Agreement on 19 March that will enable them to share earth observation data from each other's satellites.


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Tue, 17/04/2018 - 10:23

European Commission signs Earth observation cooperation arrangements with Colombia, Chile and Brazil

The European Commission has signed Cooperation Arrangement with Colombia, Chile and Brazil. Under the arrangements, the three countries will gain access to the wide range of applications of the Copernicus Earth observation programme and data provided by the European Sentinel satellites using connections between data centres.


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Wed, 14/03/2018 - 10:28


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