for the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).
Copernicus is the European Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation and environmental information.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is one of the six services within Copernicus.
The Copernicus Atmosphere monitoring Services (CAMS) is one of the six services within Copernicus.
The Copernicus programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission.
The European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) implements the Copernicus Climate Change Service and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service on behalf of the European Commission.
Environmental observations at risk? A study on the funding sustainability of ocean, atmosphere and meteorological services provides new insight
Environmental observations at risk? A study on the funding sustainability of ocean, atmosphere and meteorological services provides new insightadmin Fri, 22/03/2019 - 10:51
The Copernicus In Situ Coordination team conducted a survey to analyse sustainability of in situ measurements and infrastructures for ocean, atmosphere and met services. The survey shows remarkable differences in the funding of observations and indicates a direct link between the source of funding and the funding sustainability. For most meteorological observations, the funds are provided sustainably by national institutions, while for most of atmospheric composition and ocean observations, the main bulk of funding comes from short-term or research projects and is claimed unsustained in the long term.
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OBSERVER: Three Copernicus Incubation Programme start-ups on their way to success
OBSERVER: Three Copernicus Incubation Programme start-ups on their way to successfdc_copernicus_admin Thu, 21/03/2019 - 13:23
The Copernicus Incubation Programme launched by the European Commission supports European entrepreneurs and start-ups with an equity-free grant of 50 000 EUR to create innovative, commercially viable products and services. This initiative is part of the Copernicus Start-up Programme that also includes the Copernicus Masters, Copernicus Accelerator and Copernicus Hackathons. All European start-ups that are less than 5 years old are eligible for this programme as long as Copernicus data or services are a core part of their business.
Those interested in joining the Copernicus Incubation Programme have the opportunity to apply for the next round – the deadline is 31 May 2019. The full list of deadlines for 2019 and 2020 can be found on the Copernicus Incubation Programme website.
In this article, we will present three of the 22 start-ups awarded with a Copernicus Incubation grant in 2018, which were among the first to join the Programme. The Copernicus Incubation Programme has helped these companies to take the next step in developing their businesses, using either Copernicus Sentinel data or information products from one or more of the Copernicus Services.
e-Odyn is on board
SeaWaze Weather Routing. Credit: e-Odyn
e-Odyn offers an alternative to traditional methods for measuring ocean surface currents. These methods can be expensive, difficult to implement and limited in the amount of information they can gather, new breakthroughs in this field are needed. e-Odyn researched and developed a way to use ships’ geolocation data in combination with machine learning to measure real-time ocean surface currents, at a global scale. The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service products can add substantial value to the e-Odyn’s Omni-Situ ocean observation technology. By combining Omni-Situ technology and Copernicus data products, e-Odyn is developing and testing new services for the players in the marine industry.
e-Odyn joined the Copernicus Incubation Programme in May 2018. Florent Violain, e-Odyn’s Head of Offshore Projects, talks about their achievements during the past year:
“We’ve started multiple projects with big brands in the oil & gas and space industries and have started a strategic partnership with Microsoft to scale up the availability of our new service. This fuelled development of our next commercial service: SeaWaze, a weather routing product designed for commercial ships.”
A big challenge to any new venture is validating their product or service in the market and attracting the first users. The Copernicus Incubation Programme can speed up this process. e-Odyn is already launching an early adopter programme, recruiting ship owners and charterers who want to reduce their energy bills and emissions, improve safety and to simply be among the first to use the service under preferential conditions.
After implementation of the SeaWaze product prototypes, the start-up received positive feedback from the oil and gas industry. Additionally, new safety-enhancing and marine cost-cutting SeaWaze services were validated. “It’s been a very fruitful year for us!” – adds Florent Violain. "The Copernicus Incubation Programme was instrumental for us to iterate quickly and obtain very positive feedback on the use of our technology for the oil & gas industry."
New grounds for GVL
One of GVL’s full coverage maps. Credit: GVL
GVL operates in the environmental safety and security sector, providing a system that identifies and monitors very small ground motion. Ground motion is a natural phenomenon, leading to the uplift or sinking of the earth's surface on a millimetric scale. It can be influenced by human activities, e.g. tunnel drilling, mining, aquifer depletion etc. Information on ground motion and surface deformation is crucial for such industries as oil & gas, raw materials, environmental wellbeing, geohazard management or critical infrastructure monitoring, (e.g. power plants, hydroelectric dams, pipelines, bridges, etc.). The product developed by GVL serves as an early warning system. It provides surveys using multiple data sources, including Sentinel-1 data.
GVL won the grant from the Copernicus Incubation Programme in April 2018. Paul Bhatia, GVL’s CEO, talks about his achievements of the past year:
“This past year, we increased our headcount and InSAR data processing capabilities. We also expanded the number of projects to include assessment of flood defences, coal mines, quarries, dams, reservoir banks, forests and railway lines. This was largely thanks to the help of the Copernicus Incubation Programme, which has accelerated the growth of our business and has strengthened our position when negotiating with private investors.” Mr Bhatia highlights that as result, GVL has evolved to the point where 40% of the company’s revenue is generated through market revenue and paid trials with customers, up from 20% before being incubated.
The start-up has learned that success starts with solving a problem. Building on the technical solution it has developed, the company tested its product together with clients to gain their trust. Paul goes on: “Of course, you should also protect your intellectual property and unique selling points. But above all, be persistent and provide solutions that add value.”
DroneSAR to the rescue
DroneSar in the field. Credit: DroneSAR
DroneSAR was granted with the support from the Copernicus Incubation Programme in the first round of applications (March 2018). The start-up has built a platform that transforms basic commercially available drones into advanced Search & Rescue (SAR) platforms for emergency response and disaster relief missions. This Irish start-up aims to provide all drone users with up-to-date and ready-to-use satellite imagery from the Copernicus programme. DroneSAR’s CEO Oison McGrath talks about how his vision came to life:
“During our participation in the Copernicus Incubation Programme, we worked on combining Copernicus Sentinel satellite imagery with drone footage. We can use this combined drone and satellite data to execute autonomous search patterns and offer first-person view solutions for emergency coordination efforts. Having access to expert advice and also to the Copernicus datasets has made a huge difference to our progress. At the moment, our product is on the market and we already have revenues from 3 agencies in Ireland which are using DroneSAR.”
Thanks to the Copernicus programme, DroneSAR was able to develop a service fusing drone footage with satellite imagery available on their DroneSAR browser. This gives quick access to critical information during emergencies.
“During our Copernicus incubation year, we attended a number of Copernicus conferences and free webinars.” Oison continues. “We often shared our ideas with the community, and this helped us to quickly identify partners with whom we could move forward”. Oison added that thanks to the assistance received from the Copernicus Incubation Programme, DroneSar is already on in the final stages of raising venture capital investments.
“To really get the most out of the programme,” he continues, “you should use all the free data sets and mentoring advice from the Copernicus programme experts. They will help identify relevant opportunities and this will help your business grow.”
Since the launch of the Copernicus Incubation Programme in January 2018, 22 start-ups have been awarded an equity free grant of 50 000 EUR. All of them are in an advanced development stage to build a robust service or product based on Copernicus data or services. Any support that can help them progress before their business is self-sufficient is critical. The European Commission hopes that future commercial champions will emerge from the Copernicus Incubation Programme in the future, thereby ensuring a long-term success of the Copernicus Incubation Programme as an effective investment platform.
You could be an expert
Perhaps you want to help by becoming an expert? The Copernicus Incubation Programme is continuously looking for experts who are interested in spotting and coaching future Copernicus start-up champions. More specifically, the Programme coordinators are looking for professionals with experience in venture capital investments or start-up incubation. For more information, please visit https://copernicus-incubation.eu/experts-investors-incubators.
Monitors floods in malawi
Monitors floods in malawiadmin Tue, 19/03/2019 - 11:32
Heavy rains from 5 to 8 March caused flooding in the Southern Region of Malawi, impacting at least fourteen districts. According to the ECHO Daily Flash of 13 March, 45 deaths and 577 injuries have been reported with nearly 740,000 people affected by the disaster, and over 15,000 households displaced. On 8 March a State of Emergency was declared by the President of Malawi, and Malawi’s Department for Disaster Management Affairs (DoDmA) has been working with local partners to deliver disaster relief supplies (media report). Due to the scale of the disaster, additional support is being provided by international partners such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping module was activated on 10 March to produce delineation maps over seven Areas of Interest (AoI). The first set of delineation maps produced from imagery acquired on 10 and 11 March show a total flooded area of 4,200 ha (42 km2) and that around 320 inhabitants were affected by the floods within the AoIs.
The maps and vector data are available for viewing and download on the EMS website: EMSR347: Floods in Malawi.
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The delineation map of Sili showing 193 ha (1.9 km2) of the flooded area at the time of satellite imagery acquisition (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR347] Sili: Delineation Map)
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