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How can Copernicus aid fisheries and aquaculture?

With environmental conditions on our planet continuously evolving, for the well-being of future generations, it is crucial we gather information to understand how and why our environment and climate change around us. The Copernicus Programme is doing just that. This European Commission funded Programme, which started over 10 years ago, monitors and records the status of oceans, atmosphere and land with a network of satellite mounted, and in situ sensors. Based on this reliable information, environmental management decisions can lead to, for example, sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors worldwide.

As part of the Earth Observation network, a set of satellites called the ‘Sentinels’ will be launched over the duration of the Programme. Sentinel-1 was launched in April 2014 while Sentinel-2 and -3 will be operational by the end of 2014. These satellites will be transmitting data for 20 years ensuring consistent time series.

Sentinel-2 and 3 are of specific interest to SAFI as it is focused on ocean parameters, such as phytoplankton, algae, pollutants and water temperature. Extracting raw data from Sentinel-2 and 3, and combining it with other sources (other satellites, in situ measurements, and species factsheets), the SAFI project intends to add value to EO data by providing easy access via a web-GIS and by supplying historical, current, forecast and near-real-time information to stakeholders in the coastal zones.

For more information on Copernicus visit the website:  www.copernicus.eu.


Catherine Lecouffe (COFREPECHE)

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