Section: 1. EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) | Using the CMDS for Ocean Applications (- online (2020) | EUMETSAT

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  • Using the Copernicus Marine Data Stream for Ocean Applications - Online

    Sentinel-3 overlay onto Ocean Colour plot and EUMETSAT timeline

    This EUMETSAT online-only training course will be composed of two parts. The first makes use of this Moodle, and is called the 'self-taught' phase. The second is the online 'classroom' phase, which will take place using Zoom. Through both phases, we 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, and tools and software necessary to begin working with this data for marine applications. 

    The aims of this training course (both the self-taught and classroom online phases) are to help you to:

    • Learn what data and products the Copernicus Marine Data Stream provides (variables, timeliness, resolution, data formats);
    • Design workflows tailored to your data needs and project tasks;
    • Select the appropriate products from the Copernicus Marine Data Stream;
    • Access/download data and products provided in the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CODA, EUMETSAT Data archive, EUMETCast);
    • Investigate the potential of Copernicus Marine Data for your own applications, using SNAP and /or scripting languages (we will provide scripts in Python, but you are welcome to use other languages during the classroom phase). 

    This self-taught online phase of training will consist of several topic areas, containing essential overview material to read and/or watch, further optional material which you may choose to look at depending on your own interests, short quizzes, and activities such as downloading and installing software, and trying to access data. The final topic will focus on preparation for the online classroom phase, where we will ask you to propose a short project that you would like to work on using the CMDS. For those without specific applications in mind, we will also provide some ideas for projects you can work on, to learn more about the data and it's applications.

    Announcements about the course will be displayed below, and you will also be notified of these by email.

    Please take some time to look through the logistics information below which will provide useful information on how to make sure you complete the online phase, and are suitably prepared for the classroom phase that will follow.

    You are invited to use the Discussion Forum below to introduce yourself and share with us your expectations for this course (what you are hoping to learn/use the CMDS data for).

    There will be further discussion forums associated with the different topics and you are invited to post your comments and questions. The training team will be glad to answer your questions as best as we can during the course. As new users of the Copernicus data, this is also a great opportunity for us to get feedback from you about the data, access to it, and how we can improve these services to help you to best use the Copernicus marine data for your applications. 

    We hope you enjoy learning about the Copernicus Marine Data Stream, and we look forward to working with you during the online classroom phase!

1. EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS)

  • 1. EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS)

    This topic provides an overview of the Copernicus programme, EUMETSAT's role within Copernicus, and the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS). It's worth getting a clear idea of the Copernicus Marine Landscape here - the information will prove highly relevant when it comes to your workflows, in terms of who collects the marine data you want and where you can find it. 


    Hayley Evers-King joins Lauren Biermann for an informal discussion to help simplify the Copernicus Marine Landscape, talking us through the different missions, mechanisms and agencies  working together under the Copernicus Programme and European Commission banner. .


    Copernicus is the European Union's Earth Observation (EO)  Programme, looking at Earth and our environment. The information services that they provide are free and openly accessible to all users.

    • The Programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission (EC).
    • It is implemented in partnership with Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies, and Mercator Océan.

    Copernicus offers information services based on satellite EO and non-satellite in situ data. Toward the former, Copernicus is served by a set of dedicated satellites (the Sentinel families) and contributing missions (other existing satellites).

    What is EUMETSAT’s role?

    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-3 satellite, 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-6 satellites, and Sentinel-5 instruments. 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.