India joins Europe’s Copernicus project

India joins Europe’s Copernicus project

India has joined Europe’s mega global arrangement of sharing data from Earth observation satellites, called Copernicus.

What is the agreement?
Data from a band of Indian remote sensing satellites will be available to the European Copernicus programme while designated Indian institutional users will in return get to access free data from Europe’s six satellites and those of other space agencies that are part of the programme, at their cost.

Reciprocally the Department of Space will provide the Copernicus programme and its participating states with a free, full and open access to the data from ISRO’s land, ocean and atmospheric series of civilian satellites.

What is Copernicus Project?
The multi-billion-euro Copernicus is Europe’s system for monitoring the Earth using satellite data. It is coordinated and managed by the European Commission.

Benefits of joining Copernicus
The space-based information will be used for forecasting disasters, providing emergency response and rescue of people during disasters and for issues of security, agriculture, climate change and atmosphere.

The Copernicus emergency response mapping system was activated on at least two Indian occasions — during the 2014 floods in Andhra Pradesh in October 2014 and after the 2013 storm in Odisha.

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