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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have access to Copernicus data and information?

 

How can I access Copernicus data and information?

 

Who provides Copernicus services?

 

Are Copernicus data and information free of charge?

 

How can I participate in Copernicus?

 

How to contact Copernicus?

 

How can I know more about Copernicus in my country?

 

Why is the programme named Copernicus?

 

 

 

 

Can I have access to Copernicus data and information?

Although primarily designed for public policy-makers and public bodies responsible for environmental and security matters, data and information provided by Copernicus are not limited to these users. Any public or private organisation, and more generally any individual can access and exploit Copernicus data and information on a free, full and open basis.

 

The only exceptions are the specific situations where security is at stake. In such cases, access limitation may exist.

 

Practically, Copernicus information is provided to users through a set of services, most of them being available online.

 

The Copernicus Programme covers six thematic areas: land, marine environment, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security.

 

How can I access Copernicus data and information?

The data and information delivered by the Copernicus Service are made available to users through the service websites. In most cases, data and information can be browsed/discovered without prior registration but registration is required for downloading.

 

The data delivered by the Sentinel satellites can be downloaded either from the ESA Copernicus Open Access Hub or from the EUMETSAT Copernicus Online Data Access point depending on the type of data. In the course of 2018, five new access points called DIAS (for "Data and Information Access Services") will be made available to users.

 

Who provides Copernicus services?

The implementation and operation of Copernicus services has been delegated by the European Commission to dedicated service providers - the Copernicus Entrusted Entities - through a series of "Delegation Agreements" signed during the period November 2014 – October 2016.

 

These “Entrusted Entities” are responsible for the delivery of the Copernicus Services. Visit the Copernicus Services section to know more about the Entrusted Entities.

 

Are Copernicus data and information free of charge?

Yes. Considered as public goods, the Earth observation data delivered by the Sentinel satellites and the data and information delivered by the 6 Copernicus services are available to users on a free, full and open basis.

 

Note that based on the free data and information delivered by Copernicus, public or private operators may develop value-added services ("downstream services") with the objective to meet specific needs. Depending on the business model adopted by each operator, these downstream services can be either free for the final user or associated to a fee.

 

 

How can I participate in Copernicus?

The implementation and operation of Copernicus has been delegated by the European Commission to a number "Entrusted Entities" which act as service providers. These delegated entities regularly publish Tenders through which third-party organisations can be involved in the implementation and operation of the programme.

 

Another possibility is to participate in the Copernicus Start-up Programme through one of is major components. This includes the annual competition called the Copernicus Masters as well as the Copernicus Accelerator, the Copernicus Incubation Programme and the Copernicus AppCamps.

 

As an individual, the best way to actively participate in Copernicus is to join one of the public or private organisations involved in the programme.

 

How to contact Copernicus?

Copernicus is not a legal entity but a European Union programme which involves many different stakeholders. In order to facilitate the dialogue with Copernicus, a Copernicus Support Office has been created which can be contacted either by phone or by email for any question related to the programme.

 

How can I know more about Copernicus in my country?

The European Commission has established a network of Copernicus Relays which act as ambassadors of the programme in the countries they are settled. They can be contacted by anyone who wants to know more about the programme.

 

The European Commission also organises Copernicus Training and Information sessions in the EU Member States. These events aim to promote awareness of the many uses of Copernicus data and information, while providing the opportunity for hands on demonstrations and basic training on different topics. These sessions are open to anyone.

 

Why is the programme named Copernicus?

By choosing the name Copernicus we are paying homage to a great European scientist and observer: Nicolaus Copernicus. The Copernicus theory of the heliocentric universe is considered by many to be the main precursor of modern science.

 

Copernicus opened to man an infinite universe, previously limited by the rotation of the planets and the sun around the Earth, and created a world without borders.

 

Humanity was able to benefit from his insight and this set in motion the spirit of scientific research which allowed us to have a better understanding of the world we live in.