NEREUS Network working to bring space-based technology to citizens

Continental Europe

Collaborating with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) has initiated a project working to improve the uptake of Copernicus data by Local and Regional Authorities (LRA) with a series of thematic workshops. The workshops aim to launch a dialog with LRAs and showcase and promote awareness of available satellite-based products, and services.


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Wed, 18/06/2014 - 14:31

UN-SPIDER participates in European Space Solutions Conference

UN-SPIDER's Senior Programme Coordinator, Mr Luc St-Pierre, participated in the European Space Solutions Conference, which took place from 11 to 13 June 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.

At the invitation of EC-COPERNICUS, Mr St-Pierre presented the approach of UN-SPIDER and approaches to reduce vulnerabilities to hazards through good practices in geospatial information management in the panel “From Emergency Response to Risk Reduction”.


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Tue, 17/06/2014 - 14:11

EU Copernicus Mapping Services produces maps for floods in Balkan states

Extent of floods near Jagodina, Serbia on 15 May 2014

The Emergency Mapping Service of the European Union's Copernicus programme was activated to provide satellite-based maps of the severe floods in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

The service produced four maps for Croatia, 18 maps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 20 maps of Serbia.

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Tue, 20/05/2014 - 16:09

Floods in Romania monitored by Copernicus EMS

Flood Delineation Map of Bragadiru, Romania on 20 April 2014

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office (RSO) in Romania, provided support to the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations for the activation of the Copernicus GIO Emergency Management Service (EMS) to monitor the floods that affected the southern part of the country at the end of April 2014.


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Fri, 02/05/2014 - 10:07

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Copernicus Master: Earth Observation Competition launched

The first image captured by Copernicus satellite Sentinel-1A showing Brussels

The European Earth observation programme Copernicus has launched the Copernicus Masters competition. It will give recognition to outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts that utilise Earth observation data for commercial purposes and socially relevant projects. Along with cash prizes, the winners will receive technical support in realising their ideas, access to satellite data, and start-up support from a prize pool worth a total of more than EUR 300,000. In 2014, for the first time, the Copernicus Masters is carried out on a worldwide basis.

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Tue, 22/04/2014 - 14:14

Flooding in Namibia part of the first data acquisition from Sentinel-1

Sentinel -1 first images received

The Sentinel-1 satellite of the European Space Agency delivered its first images. As UN-SPIDER reported, the satellite was launched successfully on 3 April. The mission is the first of ESA’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

Though not yet fully operational, first images are offering a glimpse into the satellites capabilities. After conclusion of the calibration phase, Sentinel-1 will start its operational phase in the next couple of months.


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Thu, 17/04/2014 - 12:29

Copernicus: EU Parliament paves way for operational phase of Earth Observation Programme

Flood delineation map for Gloucester, UK, created by Copernicus in February 2014

On 12 March 2014, the European Parliament adopted the Regulation of Copernicus, the European Union's Earth Observation Programme. With the adoption of the regulation, the Copernicus programme is entering the operational phase after years of preparation.


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Thu, 13/03/2014 - 08:46

Portugal sets up Working Group for Earth Observations

Envisat image of fires in Spain and Portugal in August 2006.

In order to stimulate the use of soon to be available space-based information in the framework of the European Copernicus programme, Portugal created the Working Group for Earth Observation (GTOT). The Group will focus on the implementation of information delivered by the upcoming Sentinel satellites.


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Tue, 28/01/2014 - 13:56

First Sentinel-3 workshop for performance validation

A southern summer bloom

The first Sentinel-3 Validation Team workshop was recently held at ESA’s centre for Earth observation in Frascati, Italy, validating Sentinel-3 data in order to allow to verify their performance once the mission is in orbit.


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Wed, 11/12/2013 - 10:13

Access to Sentinel satellite data will be free and open

The Act will allow long-term continued access to data

With the entering into force of the European Delegated Act on Copernicus data and information policy in the coming days, users will be provided free, full and open access of environmental data from the Copernicus programme, including data from the Sentinel satellites. “The free and open Sentinel data policy will be a breakthrough in the use of satellite data for specialised users, but also for the general public,” said Josef Aschbacher, Head of the ESA Copernicus Space Office.


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Thu, 21/11/2013 - 15:08


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