Copernicus is served by a set of dedicated satellites (the Sentinel families) and contributing missions (existing commercial and public satellites). The Sentinel satellites are specifically designed to meet the needs of the Copernicus services and their users. Since the launch of Sentinel-1A in 2014, the European Union set in motion a process to place a constellation of almost 20 more satellites in orbit before 2030. Copernicus also collects information from In-situ systems such as ground stations, which deliver data acquired by a multitude of sensors on the ground, at sea or in the air.
The Copernicus Services transform this wealth of satellite and insitu data into value-added information by processing and analysing the data. Datasets stretching back for years and decades are made comparable and searchable, thus ensuring the monitoring of changes; patterns are examined and used to create better forecasts, for example, of the ocean and the atmosphere. Maps are created from imagery, features and anomalies are identified and statistical information is extracted.
Copernicus Services can be accessed from:
These value-adding activities are streamlined through six thematic streams of Copernicus services:
There are many resources to help students, entrepreneurs, developers, researchers, GI professionals, public authorities, and interested citizens access these services. Here is a selection of online training resources that you can try out yourself for free (or at a low cost).