Malta ac­cepted to form part of Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s Net­work of Coper­ni­cus re­lays

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

The Plan­ning Author­ity, form­ing part of a con­sor­tium with the Malta Coun­cil for Science and Tech­nol­ogy and the En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Author­ity has been ac­cepted to form part of the Net­work of Coper­ni­cus Re­lays by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s DG for In­ter­nal Market, In­dus­try, En­trepreneur­ship and SMEs.

The Coper­ni­cus pro­gramme is a Euro­pean sys­tem for mon­i­tor­ing the Earth. It con­sists of a set of sys­tems that col­lect data from mul­ti­ple sources which in­clude Earth Ob­ser­va­tion satel­lites and in situ sen­sors such as ground sta­tions, air­borne and seaborne sen­sors. It pro­cesses these data and pro­vides users with re­li­able and up-to-date in­for­ma­tion through a set of ser­vices re­lated to en­vi­ron­men­tal and se­cu­rity is­sues. These ser­vices ad­dress six the­matic ar­eas: land, ma­rine, at­mos­phere, cli­mate change, emer­gency man­age­ment and se­cu­rity. The Coper­ni­cus pro­gramme is co­or­di­nated and man­aged by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

The Net­work of Coper­ni­cus Re­lays is an ini­tia­tive whereby the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion will work closely with dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers to pro­mote the use of Coper­ni­cus data and in­for­ma­tion in each Coper­ni­cus Par­tic­i­pat­ing Coun­try. The Re­lays will be recog­nised by users as ded­i­cated rep­re­sen­ta­tives and per­ma­nent con­tact points on Coper­ni­cus, act­ing as prin­ci­pal helpdesks/in­for­ma­tion points on the Pro­gramme. Re­lays will pro­vide stake­hold­ers, the public and ex­pe­ri­enced users with tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and foster aware­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

By form­ing part of this Net­work, Malta aims to tar­get in­ter­me­di­ate and end-user com­mu­ni­ties to pro­mote Coper­ni­cus as a source of free, open and re­li­able satel­lite data to meet the needs of lo­cal public ser­vices and to as­sist in the devel­op­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices with high com­mer­cial po­ten­tial by lo­cal en­trepreneurs.

The Net­work of Coper­ni­cus Re­lays will be for­mally kicked off by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion at the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary 2017.

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