Explore The Oceans With Copernicus Oceanhack 2019

22–24 November 2019


Work with an ocean of data at #OceanHack without getting your feet wet!

Last Updated

09 November 2020

Published on

22 November 2019

Join EUMETSAT, CMEMS and Estonian Environment Agency scientists for a weekend hackathon working with free and open Copernicus ocean data in Tallinn, Estonia on 22-24 November 2019.


The Baltic Sea region is home to more than 85 million people (of whom 15 million live on the coast) and is one of the most intensively used seas on the planet. Whether it is shipping, fishing, energy cables and pipelines, or tourism and recreation, all these activities have an impact on the unique Baltic Sea region. 

The challenge is to create solutions to problems that currently affect the Baltic Sea, and beyond, and help people in their daily lives in this beautiful region. To solve this challenge you are encouraged to use the wealth of newly-available Copernicus marine data which is all open access and ready for you to use.

Various approaches are welcome: create new solutions or add ocean-smart features to existing solutions. Propose innovative data visualisations for academic purposes or for raising awareness about the Baltic Sea environment and beyond.

Mobile, web apps, platforms or hardware - it’s your call!

We would particularly welcome imaginative projects using artificial intelligence or machine learning approaches.
Copernicus OceanHack is funded by the EU’s Copernicus Programme and has been organised through a partnership of EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Environment Service, and the Estonian Environment Agency.

Ideas to get you started:

  • Education apps that bring the oceans to life
  • Water quality – new intelligence on algal blooms
  • Traffic and navigation – improve ship routing or monitor pollution e.g. oil or ballast waste?
  • Green energy – use Earth observation data to find wave or wind energy hot spots.
  • Research: data visualisations, new ways of combining different types of data, new data analysis models…
  • Warnings – develop new ways of communicating weather warnings to ocean users?
  • Baltic Sea fish stocks – track fish hotspots or fishing activity?
  • Marine productivity assessment - near fish farms
  • Sea ice – new ways of keeping an eye on the formation and extent of sea ice
  • Flood mapping
  • Identify plastic pollution hotspots
  • Internet of Things (IOT) and combinations of ground sensors to networks


There will be cash prizes, access to ocean specialists to develop your business idea, support from the Astropreneur business-mentoring programme, free tickets to Latitude 59 and many other goodies.


Copernicus #OceanHack is funded by the EU’s Copernicus Programme and has been organised through a partnership of EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Environment Service, and the Estonian Environment Agency. The hackathon is powered by Garage48 and supported by the Department of Marine Systems at Tallinn University of Technology.

REGISTER for the hackathon

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Copernicus is the European Commission’s flagship Earth observation programme. It delivers freely accessible operational data and information services, which provide users with reliable and up-to-date information related to environmental issues.


The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) operates Europe’s weather and climate monitoring satellites, delivering data to its 30 Member States and beyond. In addition to operating the geostationary Meteosat and polar-orbiting Metop weather satellites, from its headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, EUMETSAT also operates the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites and will operate the Sentinel-4 and 5 atmospheric monitoring missions and the Sentinel-6 satellites.


The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) is one of the six currently provided services under the Copernicus programme. CMEMS is implemented by Mercator Ocean International, on behalf of the European Commission. CMEMS link - http://marine.copernicus. eu


The Estonian Environment Agency (ESTEA) is a state authority administered by the Ministry of the Environment. Its mission is to fulfil the national environmental monitoring programme ensuring vital services including weather forecasts, warnings and production of high-quality observation data on the atmosphere. The Institute combines this expertise into the weather, climate, oceanographic and environmental services it provides to promote public safety as well as increase well-being in the society and the environment, taking into account the needs to maintain preparedness. ,


Copernicus WEkEO platform - this provides access to Copernicus datasets and cloud based processing. Find out how to use it here


Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service products -

EUMETSAT Copernicus Sentinel-3 marine data

And via EUMETView.

Department of Marine Systems at Tallinn University of Technology -

Copernicus Climate Data Store -

The C3S Climate Data Store (CDS) is a one-stop shop for information about the climate: past, present and future. It provides easy access to a wide range of climate datasets via a searchable catalogue. An online toolbox is available that allows users to build workflows and applications suited to their needs.

HELCOM data store:

Other useful marine data