About Copernicus

Welcome to our Copernicus microsite which provides information and key links about EUMETSAT’s role in the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme.

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Copernicus is a European system for monitoring the Earth using satellites and in situ sensors. The Earth observation satellites contributing data to Copernicus are split into two groups of missions: the Copernicus Sentinels and the Contributing Missions – find out more.

Data from these sources are then processed and provided to users through a set of six Copernicus services: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security.

The Copernicus programme provides users with free, full and open access to environmental data.

"We really value the technical competence and experience of EUMETSAT to make Europe’s flagship space programme on Earth observation a success story"

Philippe Brunet, European Commission

What is EUMETSAT’s role?

EUMETSAT provides data, products and support services to the Copernicus information services and user communities, with a focus on marine, atmosphere and climate.

[Image description for Accessibility] This involves delivering Earth observation data services to Copernicus from the Sentinel satellites, from its own Metop and Meteosat missions, from the ocean-monitoring Jason-3 satellite, and from missions of its international partners (e.g. USA, China, India and Japan).

EUMETSAT is responsible for operating the Sentinel-3 satellites, with ESA support, and delivering the marine data and will also operate and deliver products from the Sentinel-4, and Sentinel-5 instruments, and the Sentinel-6 satellites.

In addition, upon request of the EC, EUMETSAT will also be responsible for delivering data and products from Sentinel missions to third parties around the world.

Last Updated:  Friday, 25 October 2019
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