What is Copernicus?


Copernicus is the European Earth observation programme, looking at our planet and its environment to benefit all European citizens. The programme consists of a complex set of systems that collect data from multiple sources: Earth observation satellites and in-situ sensors such as ground stations, and airborne and sea-borne sensors. Users have full, free and open access to this data, which is also processed to provide a set of services based on reliable and near-real time information.

Copernicus services address six thematic areas: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency, and security. They support a wide range of applications, including environment protection, management of urban areas, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection, and tourism.

For more information, visit the Copernicus website.

Updated: May 16, 2023