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.