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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.

Copernicus News

Flood in Mozambique
Flood in MozambiqueSpacetec Wed, 13/03/2019 - 14:15

On 9 March heavy rains caused flooding along the coast of Mozambique with the cities of Beira and Quelimane hit the hardest. According to the UN Resident Coordinator for Mozambique as of 10 March, ten deaths have been reported and approximately 63,000 people were affected by the disaster. These areas may suffer further flooding as the impending Tropical Storm Idai could cause strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge. The storm is forecast to reach the coast between 14 and 15 March and bring 90mm of rain within 24 hours and maximum sustained winds of 200-210 km/h. To meet this threat, a national joint operations centre has been established to distribute information to all relevant stakeholders and the inhabitants of Mozambique (media report).

The Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping module was activated on 9 March to produce delineation maps over four Areas of Interest (AoI). The delineation map over the Beira AoI produced on 11 March shows that 1,187 ha (11.9 km2) and around 1,700 inhabitants were affected by the floods. The other three maps show no flooding detected at the time of satellite imagery acquisition.

The maps and vector data are available for viewing and download on the EMS website: EMSR346: Flood in Mozambique.

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The delineation map of Beira

The delineation map of Beira showing 1,187 ha (11.9 km2) of the flooded area at the time of satellite imagery acquisition

(Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR346] BEIRA: Delineation Map)



The ERCC Daily Map 11 March showing the situation in Mozambique,

Malawi and Madagascar and the impact of the disaster (Credit: ERCC)


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Flood in Mozambique

CAMS signs partnership with weather application Windy
CAMS signs partnership with weather application Windyadmin Fri, 08/03/2019 - 15:31



The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) has recently signed a new partnership with leading weather forecast visualisation service, Windy. The partnership will deliver worldwide air quality information through Windy’s highly popular web and smartphone application.

Windy is a leading Czech start-up that enables approximately 800 000 people per day to see information about different weather parameters laid over a world map. The information is shown using moving particles that represent speed and direction, and colours that represent strength or density. A variety of weather elements are incorporated into the application, including wind, rain, lightning and different cloud types. Windy provides forecasts of these elements up to six days in advance.



ECMWF ozone layer forecasts in the Windy application. Credit: Windy and ECMWF


But where does this information come from? A lot of the weather data is provided by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), which implements CAMS on behalf of the European Union. ECMWF also contributes some information about the ozone layer, but environmental information is otherwise limited.

Through the new partnership, CAMS will provide Windy with daily forecasts of two key surface air pollutants: nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter (liquid or solid particles suspended in the air). In addition, CAMS will supply predictions related to several aerosols, including wind-blown dust, sea sprays, volcanic ash, pollution and particles from biomass burning. These forecasts will show the movement of these aerosols around the planet.

Air quality is a major global concern. It contributes to approximately 400 000 early deaths across the European Union every single year, making it the EU’s single greatest environmental health risk. It also reduces human life expectancy by an average of eight months, increasing to two years in the most polluted areas of the world. Being able to forecast air pollution can help people cope with this deadly phenomenon and should enable society to take measures on emissions and improve air quality overall.




“Visualising CAMS data is vital for helping people to understand air quality and Windy is really excellent for this,” explains Head of CAMS, Vincent-Henri Peuch. “Air pollution is not simply a local problem. It is transported by winds, leading it to affect people living far from where it was emitted. Our data allows people to see air pollution issues directly, including its sources and the transport of gases and particles through the atmosphere. It also supports citizens and policy makers in the combat against air pollution.”

Ivo Lukačovič, Founder of Windy, comments: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service to deliver high quality information on air pollution to our users all over the world. Now, more than ever before, we need to be providing data on air quality that all kinds of organisations can use which can ultimately help save lives.”

Windy has a global reach. It is used by governments, rescue teams, piolets, surfers and fishermen, with the number of users doubling each year. It is a service with global ambitions, and CAMS hopes to help it bring air quality data to more people around the world and, in turn, to help Windy’s audience grow further.

“We anticipate that the inclusion of CAMS data in Windy will contribute to making air quality forecasts as common as weather forecasts,” concludes Vincent-Henri. “The new air quality data will appear in the application by summer 2019.”

CAMS works with a number of partners to develop new applications using its data, which support users in a variety of domains including air quality, solar radiation, emissions of pollutants and surface fluxes of greenhouse gases. Are you interested in using CAMS data to develop your business? Contact us, we’d love to hear from you! 


Ground subsidence in Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Ground subsidence in Mekong Delta, Vietnamadmin Fri, 08/03/2019 - 10:03

Ground subsidence is the sinking or settling of the ground that can occur due to various factors, for example, from the settlement of native low-density soils, or from the collapsing of natural or man-made underground voids. Subsidence is usually a slow gradual process as sags or depressions form on the ground surface. However, in some cases, it can create serious hazards and accidents can occur with no visible warning as sinkholes can open and swallow any structure that happens to be on top.

Subsidence has been affecting the Mekong Delta for decades. Whilst being a naturally occurring phenomenon, ground movement in the area has been greatly accelerated through human activities such as groundwater extraction and infrastructure loading. This accelerated rate of degradation exacerbates flood severity, coastline regression, and salinification of soil and water.

The Copernicus EMS Risk & Recovery Mapping (RRM) service was called upon in October 2018 to provide geospatial information to assist identification of the primary causes of ground subsidence and support the analysis of the relationship between detected ground subsidence and land use changes in the Ca Mau, Long Xuyen, and Rach Gia areas of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The primary objective of the activity was to provide spatially and temporally consistent, dense and synoptic results with insights on the distribution and variance of subsidence phenomena in space and its dynamics in time.

The Persistent Scatter Interferometry (PSI) technique was used to derive precise measurements of ground deformations from stacks of archive SAR imagery from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite and from TerraSAR-X.  The Final Report of this Risk & Recovery Mapping situation assessment detailing the technical aspects of the analysis performed and the results is available for consultation and download along with the maps and vector (digital) data:

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Estimated Annual Subsidence Displacement – 2015 (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSN057] Vietnam: Product 1: Estimated Annual Subsidence Displacement in cm (2015))


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