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Supporting the European Environment Agency’s coordination of the Copernicus In Situ component
Duration
Jun 2016 to May 2022

The Copernicus programme provides a wealth of data collected by satellites orbiting the Earth and complemented by “in situ” observations on the ground, in the sea, and in the air. This combination not only enables to collect ground truth to complement satellite data; it also enables the development of applications offering reliable information for the benefit of multiple sectors such as agriculture, forestry, coastal water quality monitoring etc. The satellite data of Copernicus can only reach its full potential through calibration and validation by these in situ data. The (EEA) has the ambitious role of coordinating the and the multiple ecosystems of data providers within Member States, while maintaining a constant overview of the needs and requirements of the Copernicus Services. 

The Copernicus programme provides a wealth of data collected by satellites orbiting the Earth and complemented by “in situ” observations on the ground, in the sea, and in the air. Besides enabling the collection of “ground truth” to complement satellite data, this mix makes the development of applications offering reliable information possible, benefiting multiple sectors such as agriculture, forestry, coastal water quality monitoring, etc. Satellite data (such as that provided by the Copernicus progamme) can only reach its full potential through the complementary use of in situ data (e.g. for calibration and validation). The European Environment Agency (EEA) has the ambitious role of coordinating the Copernicus in situ component and the multiple ecosystems of data providers within Member States, while maintaining a constant overview of the needs and requirements of the Copernicus Services.

Evenflow’s role

Our role in the context of this framework contract and its follow-up is to develop and execute communication and awareness-raising activities, in order to engage stakeholders and raise the profile of in situ in the Copernicus ecosystem. Evenflow is carrying out the following activities:

  • Develop a coherent communication strategy targeting a variety of users at various institutional levels;
  • Produce a set of focused communication materials: the Copernicus In Situ website and newsletter, a number of leaflets, a series of fact sheets on in situ data requirements for each Copernicus service component;
  • Support the preparation of reports on emerging in situ issues.
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