Earth Observation Applications Boosting Environmental Protection

Protecting our environment around the globe is key to guarantee sustainability. How can you contribute to this worldwide endeavour tackling major hazards like fires, floods and global warming? The Copernicus Masters, Europe’s leading Earth observation (EO) competition, is looking for forward-thinking participants to make smart use of EO data for their business idea promoting sustainable development. Take the opportunity to save the world’s environment with your ground-breaking EO idea and participate in the Copernicus Masters.

Powerful Prizes by Leading European Industry, Research and Policy Stakeholders

Copernicus Masters participants now have the chance to change the world in terms of environmental protection by signing up for the DLR Challenge and the Satellite Applications Catapult Challenge. In addition to these Challenges, the Copernicus Services Challenge and the Copernicus Sustainable Development Challenge are scouting innovative EO ideas boosting environmental protection and sustainability. The winners of these Challenges will be granted access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme, if eligible. This European Commission (EC) initiative provides a tailored business coaching scheme to entrepreneurs delivered by experienced mentors with valuable expertise. Moreover, the winners have the chance to receive a ticket to the next satellite launch in Kourou. In addition, cash prizes and substantial satellite data quota are awarded.

SIGN UP NOW for the Copernicus Masters environmental protection and sustainability Challenges.

Scouting Sustainable Environmental Protection Applications

The DLR, the EC and Satellite Applications Catapult are seeking smart solutions to tackle current global challenges related to climate change and sustainable development. In this context, these Copernicus Masters partners scout future-oriented products and services using Earth observation (EO) and remote sensing data, to solve worldwide difficulties. The respective application fields are countless. Some of these include agriculture, city planning as well as natural resource, energy and health management, just to name a few. Participants are encouraged to explore the integration of Sentinel satellite data with other data sets, potentially from UAVs or in-situ-sensor networks, to create new or improved products and services meeting user needs.

Significance of Europe’s EO Programme for Environmental Information

Europe’s EO programme Copernicus with its Sentinel satellites provides accurate, timely and continuous data on the global scale. The data delivered by the Copernicus programme is extremely useful in every area of environmental protection, from status quo assessments to the sustainable management of valuable resources. It permanently monitors land, atmospheric, and ocean environments and provides up-to-date and precise information on the state of our planet.

Environmental information is of crucial importance. It helps to understand how our planet and its climate are changing, influencing our daily lives. The rapidly changing environment requires near real-time EO data, which Copernicus delivers through its Sentinels and in situ sensors in a reliable manner. This allows for decision makers, businesses and ultimately citizens to take the right actions.

Copernicus gives users free, full and open access to data and services. With eight Petabytes per year Europe’s EO programme is one of the top three largest data providers worldwide. Entrepreneurs are called to make smart use of this data and turn it into a business idea through signing up for the Copernicus Masters.

Copernicus Masters and the Copernicus Accelerator

AZO has launched the Copernicus Masters in 2011 on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and with strong support of world-class partners as part of their mission to foster the User Uptake of Copernicus services. The Copernicus Masters is an international competition which awards prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on EO data. The Copernicus Masters has developed into the moving force of promoting cutting-edge solutions. In 2016, the European Commission has launched the Copernicus Accelerator. This one-of-a-kind programme is focused on providing a tailored business coaching service for up to 50 finalists in the Copernicus Masters competition. The submission phase for the Copernicus Masters 2017 runs until 30 June 2017.

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