Copernicus is European flagship programme to provide geospatial information to policy makers through 6 focused service lines. Examples of the types of service Copernicus is providing and will provide are given on the pages following.

Copernicus is the European Earth Observation programme, developed by the European Commission, ESA and Eumetsat.

Copernicus services will provide essential information for six main domains: ocean, land and atmosphere monitoring, emergency response, security and climate change.

  • Services relevant to the marine environment include monitoring for marine safety and transport, oil-spill detection, water quality, weather forecasting and the polar environment.
  • Services relevant to the land environment include monitoring for water management, agriculture and food security, land-use change, forest monitoring, soil quality, urban planning and natural protection services.
  • Services relevant to the atmosphere include monitoring for air quality and ultraviolet radiation forecasts, greenhouse gases and climate forcing.
  • Services for emergency management response will help mitigating the effects of natural and manmade disasters such as floods, forest fires and earthquakes and contribute to humanitarian aid exercises.
  • Services for security will support peace-keeping efforts, maritime surveillance and border control.
  • Services for monitoring climate change cross-cut all of the above domains.

Examples of the applications covered by the Copernicus services are given on the following tabs. Descriptions of the services are given on linked pages.

These application are the results of past research and demonstration projects funded by both the European Commission and ESA. Information and links can be found in the following tabs.


The Copernicus land monitoring service provides geographical information on land cover and on variables related, for instance, to the vegetation state or the water cycle. It supports applications in a variety of domains such as spatial planning, forest management, water management, agriculture and food security, etc.





The Copernicus marine monitoring service provides regular and systematic reference information on the state of the physical oceans and regional seas. The observations and forecasts produced by the service support all marine applications.



The Copernicus Atmosphere monitoring service provides continuous data and information on atmospheric composition. The service describes the current situation, forecasts the situation a few days ahead, and analyses consistently retrospective data records for recent years.



The Copernicus Climate Change service responds to environmental and societal challenges associated with human-induced climate changes.







The Copernicus emergency management service provides all actors involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made emergency situations, and humanitarian crises with timely and accurate geo-spatial information derived from satellite remote sensing and completed by available in situ or open data sources.





The Copernicus services for Security applications aim to support the related European Union policies in the following priority

  • Border surveillance;
  • Maritime surveillance;
  • Support to EU External Action.

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