Union Earth observation and monitoring programme 2014-2020 Copernicus Open!


Copernicus shall contribute to the following general objectives:
  1. monitoring the Earth to support the protection of the environment and the efforts of civil protection and civil security;
  2. maximising socio-economic benefits, thereby supporting the Europe 2020 strategy and its objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by promoting the use of Earth observation in applications and services;
  3. fostering the development of a competitive European space and services industry and maximising opportunities for European enterprises to develop and provide innovative Earth observation systems and services;
  4. ensuring autonomous access to environmental knowledge and key technologies for Earth observation and geoinformation services, thereby enabling Europe to achieve independent decision-making and action;
  5. supporting and contributing to European policies and fostering global initiatives, such as GEOSS.


Copernicus service component
(a) the atmosphere monitoring service, which is to provide information on air quality on a European scale, and the chemical composition of the atmosphere on a global scale. It shall in particular provide information for air quality monitoring systems run at the local to national scales, and contribute to the monitoring of atmospheric composition climate variables, including, where feasible, the interaction with forest canopies;
(b) the marine environment monitoring service, which is to provide information on the state and dynamics of physical ocean and marine ecosystems for the global ocean and the European regional marine areas, in support of marine safety, contribution to monitoring of waste flows, marine environmental, coastal and polar regions, and of marine resources as well as meteorological forecasting and climate monitoring;
(c) the land monitoring service, which is to provide information on land use and land cover, cryosphere, climate change and biogeophysical variables, including their dynamics, in support of the global-to-local environmental monitoring of biodiversity, soil, inland and coastal waters, forests and vegetation, and natural resources, as well as implementation in general of environment, agriculture, development, energy, urban planning, infrastructure and transport policies;
(d) the climate change service, which is to provide information to increase the knowledge base to support adaptation and mitigation policies. It shall in particular contribute to the provision of Essential Climate Variables, climate analyses, projections and indicators at temporal and spatial scales relevant to adaptation and mitigation strategies for the various Union's sectoral and societal benefit areas;
(e) the emergency management service, which is to provide information for emergency response in relation to different types of disasters, including meteorological hazards, geophysical hazards, deliberate and accidental man-made disasters and other humanitarian disasters, as well as the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities;
(f) the security service, which is to provide information in support of the civil security challenges of Europe improving crisis prevention, preparedness and response capacities, in particular for border and maritime surveillance, but also support for the Union's external action, without prejudice to cooperation arrangements which may be concluded between the Commission and various Common Foreign and Security Policy bodies, in particular the European Union Satellite Centre.
Copernicus space component
(a) provision of spaceborne observations.
(b) activities in response to evolving needs of the users.
(c) protection of satellites against the risk of collision taking into account the Union space surveillance and tracking support framework;
(d) safe decommissioning of the satellites at the end of life.
Copernicus in situ component
(a) provision of in situ data to the operational services, including third party in situ data at international level, based on existing capacities;
(b) coordination and harmonisation of the collection and provision of in situ data;
(c) technical assistance to the Commission on the service requirements for in situ observation data;
(d) cooperation with in situ operators to promote the consistency of development activities related to the in situ observation infrastructure and networks;
(e) identification of gaps in the in situ observations that cannot be filled by existing infrastructure and networks, including at global level, and addressing those gaps, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 4.291,48 Million EUR (Global Budget)

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