Section: Learning about the Copernicus Program, and where to find Marine data | CMDS Essentials Pack for Ocean Applications | self-paced learning | EUMETSAT

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  • General

    Welcome to the EUMETSAT Marine Essentials Pack training page!

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    Through this online learning platform called Moodle, you will find a range of educational resources aimed at helping you gain the skills required to become comfortable, independent and adept at:

    • Understanding the data and data products that the CMDS provides (timeliness, resolution, data formats, variables).
    • Selecting most relevant and appropriate products from the CMDS for specific tasks.
    • Accessing/downloading data and products provided in the CMDS.
    • Knowing how to work with CMDS data in SNAP and Python (Jupyter Notebooks).
    • Applying the satellite data products from the CMDS for tailored applications.
    We will introduce you to the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS), provide 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.

    This online training is designed to 'stand alone' without the addition of virtual classrooms, so we ask that you please direct any questions or queries to with 'Marine Essentials Pack' in the subject line.

Learning about the Copernicus Program, and where to find Marine data

  • Learning about the Copernicus Program, and where to find Marine data

    In this short 8-minute video, you will learn more about:
    1. The Copernicus programme
    2. EUMETSAT's role within Copernicus
    3. The Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS)
    4. Where to find your marine data!

    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. .

    What is the Copernicus Programme?

    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.