Copernicus Marine Hackathon Coding Event @EUMETSAT

Under the motto “Explore an ocean of data without getting your feet wet” a three-day Dataviz Hackathon coding event launches at EUMETSAT’s headquarters tonight. Computer programmers, software developers, data experts and data miners together with marine scientists and engineers from EUMETSAT and Plymouth Marine Laboratory will use Copernicus marine data to develop a range of innovative applications.

Friday, 09 June 2017


The operational marine data stream delivered by EUMETSAT, in the context of Copernicus, includes products from the Sentinel-3 and Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellites, EUMETSAT’s own Metop and Meteosat satellites, as well as from EUMETSAT’s partners in the USA, China, India and Japan.

All global products including sea surface temperatures, wave height, sea surface topography, ocean surface winds, sea ice and ocean colour are disseminated via the organisation’s EUMETCast real-time data broadcasting service and are also available online through the Copernicus Online Data Access (CODA) interface at

These data are available free of charge to all interested users are used for ocean monitoring and forecasting, weather forecasting (land and marine), management of marine ecosystems, monitoring of water quality and pollution, sea ice charting services and ship routing, and climate monitoring.

“One objective is to ensure that Copernicus data can be combined with our own”

During the hackathon, participants will take on challenges to develop new and innovative ways of using Copernicus marine data, for example developing apps that use wave height data to aid seafarers, to visualise the data in new and creative ways, or to build interfaces that further facilitate the use of Sentinel-3 data.

The opportunity of creating applications from EUMETSAT’s integrated Copernicus marine data stream is not limited to the hackathon event. Interested users are welcome to contact the EUMETSAT user service at any time for advice on how to access the Copernicus marine data stream.

Paul Counet, Head of Strategy, Communications and International Relations at EUMETSAT said: ”EUMETSAT delivers the Copernicus Jason-3 and Sentinel-3 marine missions on behalf of the European Union and will also operate Sentinel-4, -5 and -6 in the future. One objective is to ensure that Copernicus data can be combined with our own and are easily available to all users via our channels.”


The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat -9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean.

EUMETSAT operates two Metop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

EUMETSAT is also a partner in the cooperative high precision ocean altimetry Jason missions involving Europe and the United States (Jason-2, Jason-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6).

The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change.

The European Union has entrusted EUMETSAT with exploiting the four Sentinel missions of the Copernicus space component dedicated to the monitoring of atmosphere, ocean and climate on its behalf. EUMETSAT will carry out these tasks in cooperation with ESA.

EUMETSAT has established cooperation with operators of Earth Observation satellites from Europe and China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.

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