9 April 2015. ESPI Report “Optimising Europe’s Benefits from the Copernicus Programme” explores how further improvements in the exploitation of Copernicus across European users and stakeholders can be made. The aim is to address the structural gaps in operational Earth observation in Europe without the need for new infrastructure or a substantial change in responsibilities of the players currently involved.
With the introduction of operational Earth Observation (EO) services – a capacity that is currently being implemented under the Copernicus programme – both the playing field and the market for EO will be transformed in a number of ways. As a result a reflection should be made on whether society is getting the optimum benefit from the programme as it progresses.
The technical and political implementation of the Copernicus programme has been very successful. At the same time there seems to be an understanding in the Earth observation community that there are further benefits to be reaped in terms of stimulating data use. It would appear that those benefits could be secured by involving the key stakeholders in a more integrated fashion, thereby enhancing the long term success and sustainability of operational environmental monitoring. The ambition of the report is to improve the exploitation of Copernicus across the widest possible range of European user communities and to make sure that processes exist that will allow Copernicus to remain a user-driven programme also in the future.
About the Study:
First the document reviews which policy and programme support functions have been addressed adequately and which elements might merit further action. Based on this evaluation the creation of a Copernicus Task Force is proposed as a first step towards overcoming the perceived missing links in the current programme architecture. The authors of the report believe this Task Force proposal will facilitate the development of a sustainable programme approach that serves the interests of the key stakeholders and ultimately the European public that will benefit from Copernicus.