Copernicus activities

The Copernicus Earth observation programme

Copernicus is the European Union's (EU) flagship programme for monitoring Earth’s environment using satellite and in-situ observations. It delivers operational data and information services through six themed Copernicus Services. These deliver value-added products, tailored to more specific public or commercial needs.

We are implementing the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). We also contribute to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (Copernicus EMS) and work closely with the Copernicus Marine Environment Management Service (CMEMS).

Our involvement started with coordination of the pilot atmosphere monitoring service (MACC-II) and a precursor of the climate change service (ERA-CLIM2). We were awarded the implementation of C3S and CAMS in November 2014, and the first phase was completed in summer 2021. The second phase commenced formally in July 2021 and will run for the next seven years.

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