Copernicus earth observation will provide ground-breaking data and create smart jobs

Copernicus earth observation

The European Union will soon have a new earth observation system – Copernicus. The programme will establish the first operational environmental monitoring system in the world and will provide valuable data to be used in many fields, such as the prevention of natural disasters.

The European Parliament will vote today to approve Copernicus, to replace the existing Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, with a €3.79 billion budget for 2014-2020

The author of the parliamentary report, S&D MEP Vittorio Prodi, said:

"Copernicus has multiple applications which will benefit governments, regions and cities, as well as ordinary citizens: environment, health, management of urban areas and tourism are a few examples.

"New satellites will be launched in the coming years to collect global data such as the temperature and tides of the ocean surface, changes in land use and soundings of the atmosphere.

"Copernicus will also support public authorities in disaster management when there are natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, fires and floods, as well as man-made accidents like oil spills. Satellite information enhances preparedness and prevention by providing data to help identify risks and prevent damage and loss of life. After a catastrophe, Copernicus can support civil protection operations by providing products like maps identifying the extent of the disaster and the level of damage.

"The new programme provides for better sharing of the data at all levels and for the participation of small businesses and a dedicated downstream market, thus generating new jobs, particularly in sectors linked to research and innovation. It is expected to generate €30 billion and 50,000 new jobs between 2015 and 2030."