Satellite data empowerment with Copernicus and EMERITUS

Europe is exploring the potential of satellite data to address environmental challenges
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The fight against environmental crime demands innovative solutions and strategic partnerships in the context of the rapidly evolving environmental landscape. EMERITUS has noted recent advancements in the Copernicus Earth observation programme announced by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). 


Copernicus and satellite data 

The Copernicus programme, renowned for its Earth observation capabilities, has long been considered as a valuable asset in monitoring environmental changes and assessing natural resources. Still, recent developments seem to be leading to a new era of accessibility and usability. 

The European Commission is adopting measures to make satellite data more accessible and impactful across Europe. Through the establishment of a centralised platform, thematic “hubs”, and national stimulation activities in European Member States, Copernicus aims to democratise the utilisation of satellite data, allowing governments, businesses and citizens to explore its potential. 


EMERITUS’s perspective 

EMERITUS recognises the relevance of these advancements to its goals. The central data platform from Copernicus has a user-friendly interface, which facilitates data access and analysis. It includes data on aspects such as air quality measurements that reveal greenhouse gas emissions and measurement data that help predict high risks of flooding. This crucial information that is categorised into land, atmosphere, marine, security, emergency and climate change, holds big potential for enhancing the investigative capabilities against environmental waste crimes. The Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem serves as a valuable resource, offering information that can be used for identifying and addressing illicit activities such as illegal waste disposal and pollution. Moreover, stakeholders can access tailored data products that facilitate targeted investigations and risk assessment through the thematic “hubs”. 

Furthermore, even though the unexploited potential of the satellite data is still very big, the commitment on the use of this data by governments and companies is increasing. There is an opportunity to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange within the environmental crime prevention community. 


Committed to innovation 

While EMERITUS and Copernicus operated independently so far, the alignment of their objectives proves the significance of satellite data in addressing worldwide challenges, as environmental crimes. By recognising the value of Copernicus data, EMERITUS reaffirms its commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technologies to develop technological tools and protocols aimed at enhancing investigative capabilities and promoting environmental justice. 

The project remains committed to exploring innovative approaches to environmental crime prevention, with satellite data playing a pivotal role in its endeavours. 


For further information, read the news published by NSO.