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The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service

The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service is part of the Copernicus Programme, which is an EU Programme managed by the European Commission (EC) and implemented in partnership with the Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the European Environment Agency (EEA), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the EU (Frontex) and Mercator Océan.

The Programme is aimed at developing a set of European information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in-situ (non-space) data.

What is the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service?

The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service provides geographical information on land cover, land use, land cover-use changes over the years, vegetation state or water cycle.

Applications that are built upon and integrate the information supplied by the service can provide support in areas such as spatial planning, forest management, water management, agriculture and food security and emergency management, amongst others.

Service priorities and their relevance to users are defined and validated by the EC and the Member States. The service is implemented by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) since 2011.

What does the Land Monitoring Service do?

The three main components of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service are currently: a global component, a pan-european component and a local component.

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SOURCE: Copernicus website