We are delighted to announce that JNCC’s Copernicus User Uptake Project (UK Action) was a winner in the Operational Delivery category at the Geography in Government Awards 2021. Lynn Heeley, our Technical Project Manager accepted the award on behalf of the Ecosystems Analysis Team and Digital & Data Solutions Team. After hearing the news, Lynn said: "It’s such an honour to have this highly collaborative and innovative project work recognised as showcasing excellence in geography and for its significant contribution to operational delivery outside of JNCC."
Through the Copernicus project, JNCC has been exploring the use of Copernicus satellite data and services to efficiently deliver UK public environmental functions. In recent years there have been large increases in the amount of satellite-derived environmental data, notably through the Copernicus space programme. These data have great potential for the environmental sector and are free at point of access; however appropriate skills and knowledge are required to make best use of them. The project delivers five different components with as many as 32 different public sector organisations interacting with one or many.
Steve Wilkinson, JNCC's Director of Ecosystem Evidence and Advice said: "It’s fantastic to get this recognition of the skills and innovative approach of our staff. I’m really proud that JNCC has been able to help such a wide range of public bodies to make real progress in using Earth observation data and demonstrate the difference these data can make for the people and the environment
You can find out more about the project through the Copernicus User Uptake Project video, and on the Copernicus Project webpage. The project will run until August 2022.
Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth Observation Project. JNCC’s Copernicus Project is funded by the EU through the Caroline Herschel Framework Partnership Agreement, which is co-ordinated by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).