About Copernicus Relay Network

Here you can find information on Copernicus Relay Network,
which is a program to promote and publicise Copernicus among general public.

What is Copernicus?

"Copernicus" is the name of the Earth observation program which is one of the main programs of the European Union (EU). In today's society, the risk of natural disasters and other disasters are increasing, and Copernicus is a global observation program aimed at monitoring the conditions of the ground, sea and the atmosphere in order to improve the safety of citizens.

Copernicus's Earth Observation Data Platform has 6 thematic areas: "Land Observation", "Marine Area Observation", "Atmospheric Observation", "Crisis Management", "Climate Change" and "Security." Data products are made completely open and free of charge to anyone around the world, for both academic and commercial purposes.

Copernicus Relay Network

Copernicus Relay Network is a network of Copernicus ambassadors to coordinate and promote the Copernicus Programme, its benefits, and its benefits, and opportunities for local residents and businesses. Through Space Business Court, Japan Space Systems and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will act as the Copernicus Relay Japan to respond to inquiries and conduct promotional activities for not only Japan but across Asia.

Case Study of Copernicus

ASIMUTH

Red tide is a common name for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom where colonies of algae grow out of control, causing the colour of water change to reddish brown or brown.

Among them, the rapid growth of harmful plankton is called Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB), which causes toxic or harmful effects on fish and marine animals, which results in severe damage to the is the aquaculture industry. The cost of the damage amounts to several hundred million yen every year in regions such as the Seto Inland Sea and other regions of Japan.

Red tide occurs suddenly and it is extremely difficult to predict its occurrence. However, the researchers at the Daithi O'Murchu Ocean Research Institute in Ireland developed a short-term forecast service of harmful algae bloom by combining the sea surface colour data obtained from Copernicus’ Sentinel-3 with in-situ data and modelling. The service is made operational in Scotland in Ireland and it is offered as a public forecasting service where information is updated weekly. When there is a possibility of red tide occurring, a warning is issued through the web portal to allow the fish and shellfish farmers to install appropriate aeration systems to combat red tide to minimise the damage.

ASIMUTH Project detail

Building Radar

For building-related products (lighting, flooring etc), conducting sales at the right stage of a construction project is an important key. However, the information available through the media is typically already outdated, causing businesses to miss the right timing of sales. Gathering information on construction projects is labor intensive, time consuming and costly, and the sales lead market in the construction industry is estimated to be around US$80 billion in the world.

Building Radar is a search application developed by a start-up company, Building Radar GmbH in Germany, which enables users to search and browse all the construction projects in the world. When a construction project is announced online, the application automatically extracts information and creates a database. It then verifies the project by using the satellite images from Copernicus’ Sentinel-2, and check the progress of the construction daily. Building Radar allows users to obtain information from construction projects for several months to several years ahead, helping to reduce the cost of gathering sales leads.

WatchITgrow

Belgium is one of the major export countries for potatoes in Europe, and 90% of the harvest is for overseas exports. Increasing the volume of export has been an ongoing issue for Belgium, but due to its small size, the area for agriculture is limited and it has struggled to increase the harvest. Therefore, there has been a great need to develop a solution to improve the productivity of the potato farmers in Belgium.

VITO, an applied science and research NPO in Belgium developed WatchITgrow, an online potato farming support platform. The platform enables registered users to monitor their farms and the growth conditions of potatoes. By combining the satellite imagery from Copernicus’Sentinel-2 with meteorological data and potato growth model, the platform provides prediction of yield and quality of potato, estimation of the best timing for harvest, optimization of pesticide distribution and health status of potatoes. The objective is to increase the harvest from an average of 45 ton/hectare to 60 tons per hectare by using the platform, and VITO is cooperating with major food companies, farmers and agricultural cooperative groups

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