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Copernicus Satellite Data: Promoting User Uptake in Chile and Latin America

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.

JNCC is partnering with the Centre for Mathematical Modelling (CMM) of the University of Chile to catalyse the use of Copernicus data in tackling environmental issues in Chile.

Decorative image showing the Copernicus logo and an image of the Sentinel-2 satellite (© ESA)

Copernicus Project Overview

JNCC is working in partnership with the Center for Mathematical Modelling (CMM) of the University of Chile to develop the existing network and link it with the Chilean Copernicus relay expertise, and will deliver five themed workshops hosted by CMM, to identify proof of concept applications.

This project builds on a successful workshop held in May 2018 in Punta Arenas, Chile, which brought together academic institutions, including Universidad de Magallanes, Universidad Santo Tomás, Universidad Catolica and Universidad de Chile, as well as other institutions from Chile, the UK and the UK Overseas Territories, Uruguay and Argentina.

The workshop in May 2018 identified that Copernicus data were not yet used significantly in the region, compared to Landsat and other sensors. It also established a real appetite to realise the benefits of Copernicus data in tackling national and sub-national environmental issues and research priorities, and to build on the experience of applying Copernicus data to equivalent issues in the UK.

The upcoming workshops, being held between September 2021 and June 2022, will bring together relevant European and Latin American experiences in using Copernicus data to develop new ideas for the application of Copernicus data across a range of themes.

Workshop participants will develop proof of concept project ideas and identify pathways for implementation, enhancing the understanding of the utility of Copernicus data for tackling priority environmental issues in Chile.

The workshops focus will be locally driven and cover the following topic areas:

  • Climate Change.
  • Disaster Preparedness & Resilience.
  • Marine Ecosystems.
  • Role of EO in Agriculture, Forestry and Extractives.
  • Natural Capital & Ecosystem Assessment.

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).

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