The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will hold an information day for European industry on the procurement process for a key data access element of the EU’s Copernicus environment monitoring programme, at its Darmstadt headquarters on 1 June.
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
The European Commission has agreed that EUMETSAT, together with the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring (CAMS) and Climate Change Monitoring (C3S) Services operated by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and with the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS), operated by Mercator Océan, should develop one instance of the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) platforms.
The platform would be one of the functional elements of the Copernicus Integrated Ground Segment, funded by the EU.
“The aim of the information day is to provide information to European industry about how EUMETSAT, the ECMWF and Mercator Océan will procure their DIAS and to explain its development and its implementation logic,” EUMETSAT Copernicus Programme and Service Manager Dany Provost said.
“We will present the planned approach to procurements, including the tentative schedule for the release of invitations to tender after their approval by the EC. There will also be ample time for questions and feedback.
“The feedback will used to optimise the procurement approach, so that the best use of European industrial capabilities can be made.”
The EU has entrusted EUMETSAT to exploit four of the Sentinel satellite missions that are part of the Copernicus space component dedicated to monitoring the atmosphere, oceans and climate.
The Copernicus programme provides free, full and open access to environmental data and DIAS will be central to this.
Those interested in attending the information day should register by 31 May.
Details about the information day can be found here. Documentation presented at the information day may be accessed by registering on EUMETSAT’s Invitation to Tender System, EUMITS.