Copernicus A Spot


Copernicus is a European system for monitoring the Earth using satellites and in situ sensors.

Copernicus A Spot
Copernicus A Spot

The Earth observation satellites contributing data to Copernicus are split into two groups of missions: the Copernicus Sentinels and the contributing missions.

Last Updated

03, December 2020

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.

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.

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

EUMETSAT is responsible for operating the Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-6 satellites and will also operate and deliver products from the Sentinel-4, and Sentinel-5 instruments onboard Meteosat Third Generation and Metop Second Generations satellites, respectively.

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.

The Sentinel missions

The Earth observation satellites which provide the data used by the Copernicus services are split into two groups of missions: the Sentinels and the contributing missions.

Currently being developed for the specific needs of the Copernicus programme, Sentinel-1Sentinel-2Sentinel-3Sentinel-5P and Sentinel-6 are dedicated satellites, while Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 are instruments onboard EUMETSAT’s MTG and Metop-SG satellites.

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

The contributing missions

The contributing missions, are operated by national, European or international organisations and provide a wealth of data for Copernicus services.

EUMETSAT delivers products to Copernicus from a number of contributing missions that include its Metop and Meteosat satellites, the Jason-3 satellite (NASA/NOAA/CNES/EUMETSAT/EU), and also from international partners, for example sea surface temperature and ocean colour data from the US Suomi-NPP satellite.