Copernicus (formerly known as GMES) is the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme.

It consists of a complex set of systems which collect data from multiple sources: Earth Observation satellites and in-situ sensors. Copernicus gathers these data in order to provide users with reliable and up-to-date information through a set of services related to environmental and Security issues.

The Copernicus services address six thematic areas: Land, Marine, Atmosphere, Climate Change, Emergency Management and Security. They support a wide range of applications, including environment protection, management of urban areas, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection, and tourism.

The Copernicus service for Security applications aims to support European Union policies by providing information in response to Europe’s security challenges. It improves crisis prevention, preparedness and response in three key areas: Support to EU External Action, Border Surveillance and Maritime Surveillance.

SatCen is actively cooperating with the Commission in the development of Copernicus services for security applications. Its contribution is materialised by:

SatCen is also playing a key role in raising awareness of the benefits of Copernicus services for Security applications among EU and Member States CSFP and Security stakeholders.

Additional resources:

Copernicus website

Get in touch

To request further information on Copernicus-related issues or to be kept informed on current Copernicus activities, please email the SatCen Copernicus Unit (