GMES & Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation
This topic provides overview material on the Copernicus programme, including the role of the agencies launching and operating the satellites (EUMETSAT and ESA), and the Copernicus services who provide additional products from Copernicus (and other sources of) satellite data, models, and in situ measurements.
The schematic above summarises the major components of the Copernicus programme and those (highlighted in orange) with relevance to marine applications.
Within Copernicus, Sentinel-3 is often referred to as the 'Blue Sentinel" thanks to its suite of ocean observing instruments. The broader Copernicus Marine landscape also includes the use of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites, as well as several services which have a marine mandate.
The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides products and services for marine applications, using data from the Sentinels, historic and third party missions from agencies around the world, physical and biogeochemical models, and in situ data. Other services also support the marine domain, including in particular the Emergency, Climate, and Security Services.
In this course we focus primarily on Sentinel-3 and related products provided by the marine service, as well as some marine applications of Sentinel-1 and 2 that have relevance to the aims of GMES&Africa. Below you will find additional resources from the various agencies involved in Copernicus, explaining the programme and their role in it.
Watch this video from the EUMETSAT Copernicus Oceans from Space Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to get an overview of the programme and how EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Marine Service contribute.
Web resources where you can find out more about EUMETSATs contributions to Copernicus.
Information from the European Space Agency (ESA) about their Copernicus activities.
Use this link to explore the role of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS).