What is the Copernicus Programme?

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According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), March 2023 saw variations on several meteorological fronts

About Copernicus Programme:

  • It is the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date.
  • It was previously known as the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme
  • This initiative is headed by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • Objectives: It will provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.
  • Services provided by Copernicus fall into 6 categories: Land management, the marine environment, the atmosphere, emergency response, security and climate change.

What is a Sentinel satellite?

  • European Space Agency is developing a new family of satellites, called Sentinels, specifically for the operational needs of the Copernicus programme.
  • The Sentinels will provide a unique set of observations, starting with the all-weather, day and night radar images.


Q1) What is the European Commission?

The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union (EU), responsible for proposing and implementing the policies and laws of the EU.

Source: Month of climate contradictions: Contrasts noted worldwide in March 2023, finds Copernicus