DLR was looking for new applications in Earth observation that address climate change and the mapping of the environment. Sustainable energy management and human health aspects are often related to environmental conditions. Along with general environmental management, ideas for the generation, distribution, and/or consumption of energy - as well as the monitoring and/or management of health and welfare effects observed using remote sensing data - were thus especially welcome.

Proposals were to be based on existing or imminent Earth observation data, preferably from Copernicus Sentinels. They may be supplemented by any kind of ancillary geo-information, such as crowdsourced data or in-situ measurements, for further information enrichment, validation, or application. The proposed products or services derived from the ideas submitted should either support professionals in environmental assessment and energy and health management, or empower the general public and consumer-oriented markets. The applications could range from a local to a global scale.

Entrants were encouraged to submit innovative ways to link remote-sensing-based products and services with user needs. The ideas could also describe a real-world implementation scenario that includes the general public and/or potential commercial benefits.


Viridian Raven - Risk Analysis to Prevent Insect Outbreaks, submitted by Lisa Broekhuizen and Wendy Mensink, The Netherlands


  • The winner will be rewarded with a cash prize of EUR 5,000.
  • The winner will benefit from a substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 10,000 made available with financial support by the European Commission.
  • The Copernicus Masters competition presents big news for its current edition: the winners of each challenge1 won't be the only participants to be awarded prizes and turn their ideas into successful applications. For the first time ever, the finalists will also greatly benefit from the participation in this competition, thanks to the new Copernicus Accelerator initiative, funded by the European Commission and organised by AZO.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Benefit and innovativeness (for society, the environment/climate/human health, natural resource preservation, or other areas; innovation level)
  • Copernicus relevance (significance of the use of satellite data for realisation, added value through Copernicus)
  • Technological feasibility
  • User acceptance (benefits to users and/or the general public, short path to practical use)


The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) comprises the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF). The EOC works in all fields related to the development of algorithms and data analysis systems, as well as in the practical implementation of Earth observation applications and services - from satellite data reception and near-real-time services to disaster monitoring and environmental mapping. As such, the EOC is involved in many aspects of Copernicus's design, implementation, and operations. In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is to a large extent guided by the demand for innovative products and services developed in close cooperation with industry entities. It also invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to partners for their own use.

1 Participants of the Copernicus Accelerator must be either citizens of one of the Copernicus Participating countries or have established their company in the territory of one of the participating countries.

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