Web Coverage Service - A missing peace for Copernicus?

Publication date: 
26 September, 2016
Authors/Presenters: 
Wagemann, J
Medium / Event: 
INSPIRE conference

Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship programme on monitoring the Earth’s environment using satellite and in-situ observations aiming to deliver operational data and information services on a range of topical areas. Based upon these baseline services, many other value-added products can be tailored to more specific public, commercial needs or domain sectors. Copernicus will also address policy objectives, bringing an essential contribution to the 7th EU Environment Action Programme, which was recently agreed with the aim of “living well, within the limits of our planet”. The information services provided will be freely and openly accessible to users. INSPIRE Directive and compliant Data Services are thus a core building block when implementing Copernicus Services and related Sectorial Information Systems, covering a wide range of thematic areas. Apart from thematic domains, principles and objectives, INSPIRE and Copernicus share fundamentally stakeholders and user communities, majority of them probably present at the INSPIRE Conference what set the perfect scenario for the proposed workshop.

This Workshop will be chaired by representatives from the European Centre on Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF). The European Commission (EC) has entrusted ECMWF to operate 2 of the Copernicus Services: the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

INSPIRE and Copernicus Services and SIS are not exempt from implementation challenges and difficulties in order to make them successful and useful for potential user communities. Getting stakeholders and user communities involved along the process by allowing them to be informed and actively participate providing with inputs, represents a valuable insight for success. Basically this is the main fundament behind this workshop.