The Copernicus Space Programme: a European success story for Earth Observation

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14 February 2017 19:45 - 21:30
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Few people are aware of the wealth of data and insights provided by Earth observation satellites. Fewer still know how successful Europe has been in realising what is claimed to be the most ambitious Earth observation programme yet.
In a personal view, Dr. Peter Breger will present the progress made over the last decade, giving a brief overview of the satellites flying, what they measure and what information they already make available to all of us on a daily basis, free of charge.
A few examples of the public services of Copernicus will be shown. Supporting emergency response during natural catastrophes has been one of the early success stories. The programme also tracks land use and its changes, which aids better management of our environment. Together with its forecasts of air quality and ocean dynamics it can inform us of impending pollution events, and support marine and maritime applications.
Its latest addition - a climate change service - compiles projections of climate change and their impacts on environment and thus on economic activities. This provides some authoritative data, of particular significance in a new era beset by 'post truth' and 'alternative facts'.

The talk will commence at 7:45pm and the usual contribution of EUR 5 will be charged to help cover the costs of the post lecture refreshments and networking (bona fide students are free).
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Dr. Peter Breger, European Commission: He has been the Deputy Head of Unit for “Copernicus” in the European Commission since July 2013.


Brel Theatre
British School of Brussels
Pater Dupierreuxlaan 1

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