Copernicus and EUMETSAT – new video

The new video above highlights EUMETSAT’s role in the EU’s Copernicus Programme.

What is Copernicus – you might wonder?

Copernicus is a European system for monitoring the Earth using satellites and in situ sensors.

Its name derives from the great astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, who is best known for his theory that the Sun and not the Earth was at the centre of the universe.

The Copernicus programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission and consists of a system that collects and combines data from satellites and in situ observations such as ground stations, airborne and sea-borne sensors.

All this data addresses six thematic areas: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security. They support a wide range of applications, including environment protection, management of urban areas, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection and tourism.

What is EUMETSAT’s role in Copernicus?

EUMETSAT provides data, products and support services to the Copernicus information services and user communities, with a focus on marine, atmosphere and climate.

This involves delivering Earth observation data services to Copernicus from the Sentinel satellites, from its own Metop and Meteosat missions, from the ocean-monitoring Jason-2 and Jason-3 satellites, and from missions of its international partners (e.g. USA, China, India and Japan).

EUMETSAT is responsible for operating the Sentinel-3 satellites, with ESA support, and delivering the marine data and will also operate and deliver products from the Sentinel-4, and Sentinel-5 instruments, and the Sentinel-6 satellites.

In addition, upon request of the EC, EUMETSAT will also be responsible for delivering data and products from Sentinel missions to third parties around the world.

For more about Copernicus and EUMETSAT read here.

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Mara Dambour

Mara Dambour

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