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Copernicus is all about delivering products and services to manage and protect the environment and natural resources, and ensure civil security.

The monitoring capacity of Copernicus will be used for the benefit of both Europe and the international community.

Copernicus will provide services for a range of different applications such as air-quality forecasting, flood warnings, early detection of drought and desertification, early warnings of severe weather, oil-spill detection and drift prediction, sea-water quality, crop analysis, forest monitoring, land-use change, agriculture, food security and humanitarian aid - to name but a few.

Copernicus services will provide essential information for six main domains: ocean, land and atmosphere monitoring, emergency response, security and climate change.
  • Services relevant to the marine environment include monitoring for marine safety and transport, oil-spill detection, water quality, weather forecasting and the polar environment.
  • Services relevant to the land environment include monitoring for water management, agriculture and food security, land-use change, forest monitoring, soil quality, urban planning and natural protection services.
  • Services relevant to the atmospheric include monitoring for air quality and ultraviolet radiation forecasts, greenhouse gases and climate forcing.
  • Services for emergency management response will help mitigating the effects of natural and manmade disasters such as floods, forest fires and earthquakes and contribute to humanitarian aid exercises.
  • Services for security will support peace-keeping efforts, maritime surveillance and border control.
  • Services for monitoring climate change cross-cut all of the above domains.

Copernicus services provide standardised multi-purpose information common to a broad range of application areas relevant to EU policies, many of which are implemented at national or regional levels aiming at sustainability.

The evolution of these services, through from research to being operational is continuing steadily. In each of the service areas, the range of products designed to meet the needs of identifiable groups of users is growing.

Development of products and services downstream of these Copernicus services is expected to serve specific national (or trans-national), regional or local information needs, as well as the needs of niche European and global markets.

In each thematic area, projects designed to explore the scope for downstream use in specialised areas have been launched, widening the range of Copernicus products available.

Source: ESA


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In line with its data and information policy, the Copernicus programme provides users with free, full and open access to environmental data.

Depending on their needs, users can obtain these data either from the Copernicus services or directly from the Copernicus satellites.

In line with its data and information policy, the Copernicus programme provides users with free, full and open access to environmental data.

Depending on their needs, users can obtain these data either from the Copernicus services or directly from the Copernicus satellites. No registration is required for discovery and view services while it is a prerequisite to download Sentinel data. Registration is free of charge.

Access to Copernicus satellites data (general)

Users interested in data coming directly from the Copernicus space component (the Sentinels satellites) can access them through the Sentinel Online portal operated by the European Space Agency (A specific section is dedicated to "Data Access" on this portal).

EUMETSAT will provide access to the Sentinel-3 marine products - and, in future, products from Sentinel-4, -5 and -6 - via EUMETCast satellite/terrestrial or via Online Data Access or the Earth Observation Portal.

Contributing Missions

In addition to the data produced by the Sentinels satellites, Copernicus users can also have access under certain conditions to the data produced by other satellite missions referred to as "Contributing Missions". Contributing Missions have been classified into five groups that reflect the characteristics of the main types of missions.

Most data provided by the different contributing missions are distributed by the European Space Agency (ESA). They take the form of datasets and are delivered to users through data access services. The delivery process relies on an operational system called the "Copernicus Space Component Data Access" (CSCDA).

Other third party space-based data are provided by the French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

Access to Copernicus services data

Data are available through the web portals operated by the various Copernicus service lines: (Data are not yet available online for Security applications, which are still in a development phase).

For the Land-, Atmosphere- and Marine-related services, anyone can have access to data but registration is mandatory. Registration is free-of-charge.

For the time being, there is no common registration facility. Users interested in data coming from several web portals must therefore register on each web portal.

For the Emergency Management service, data production can be triggered only by "authorized users" but the maps produced by the service are available on the service web portal and can be downloaded without registering.

Source: EC

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