• GMES & Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation

    This is the online phase for the GMES&Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation Training Course. 

    This training is co-organised by the MarCoSouth GMES&Africa consortia and EUMETSAT in collaboration with other GMES&Africa partners and guest lecturers.

    The MarCOSouth project aims to maintain, further develop and provide a sustainable platform for local, institutional, human and technical capabilities in the African countries  through the development of services focused on sustainable socio-economic development, empowering a wide range of users in the public and private sectors through the application of regionally-optimised satellite observations and model based forecasts in African marine and coastal domains.

    Through Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa, the Africa Marine and Coastal Operations projects will contribute to the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy (ASPS) through application of world-leading satellite sensors, e.g. the European Sentinel series, with innovative and regionally optimised products. Examples of ASPS objectives addressed are: developing indigenous infrastructure and capabilities that service an African market; provisioning regionally appropriate services and products; ensuring all levels of government are able to access data through a centralised portal.

    The goal of this workshop is to strengthen your capacities to develop Earth Observation products, services and tools that promote sustainable management of marine resources, improve marine governance, and stimulate the growth of the blue economy in Africa..The online phase will introduce you to the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS), providing you with the background knowledge of the Copernicus programme, satellites and instrumentation, data access and formats, tools and software, necessary to begin working with this data for marine applications .The aims of this training course (both the online and classroom phases) are to help you:

    • Understand the concepts around Earth Observation across the value chain;
    • Learn the underlying principals of marine remote sensing, how to access / download data and products, and how to work with various open source tools; 
    • Develop and deliver a 'mini project' so you are able to gain all the skills that are directly applicable to your research / work needs.
    This online phase will be followed by a classroom phase in Zanzibar, Tanzania from the 12th - 20th November (applications are closed).

     

  • GMES and Africa - Background

    The Maputo Declaration of October 2006 lead to the EU-Africa partnership, confirming the commitment to avail European infrastructure and facilities, under the Copernicus programme to Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries. This commitment led to the launch of "GMES and Africa", which covers the entire African continent.

    Objectives of GMES&Africa include long-term EU-Africa cooperation on space science and technology, enabling the two continents to jointly address and solve global challenges, and promote sustainable development under the Copernicus programme. These objectives include:

    • Promoting development of local capacities in Africa - institutional, human and technical resources for accessing and exploiting EO-based services on an operational basis for sustainable development;
    • Supporting the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy, in particular on Earth Observation (EO);
    • Providing decision-makers with information and tools needed for the implementation of sustainable environmental policies at the continental, regional and national levels through their Regional Economic Communities and Implementation Centers (RICs); and
    • Maintaining, improving and sustaining access to EO data.

    Within GMES&Africa, four consortia have been awarded grants to consolidate and develop application and services that have grown from previous African EO programmes. You can find out about the consortia here and more information on GMES&Africa can be accessed here.

    Getting Started with the courseCopernicus Programme - Background