Copernicus Regional Data Hub
NCI is the regional repository for the southeast Asian set of the European Commission’s Copernicus Earth observation data. The regional Copernicus data hub, managed by Geoscience Australia for the Australian Government, will include data covering sea temperature, atmospheric composition, vegetation health and many other environmental variables.
The Copernicus program collects vast amounts of global data from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)’s Sentinel satellites, a growing fleet orbiting the Earth and capturing new measurements every day. This data is then stored, analysed and distributed for a wide range of applications such as environmental protection, sustainable resource development, climate change mitigation and managing risks and emergency response for natural disasters.
These efforts to enhance access to satellite data come at a critical time; as the region undergoes massive changes in population and urban density, those living within it are expected to face several great challenges, including the protection of environmental assets, promotion of sustainable natural resource development, and risk reduction for natural disasters. Through the Copernicus Regional Data Hub, many different governmental and land management organisations in Australia and throughout the region will have access to high-resolution, timely data products. The increased coverage, resolution and variety of the earth observations will open up many possibilities for research, policy and industrial uses in the coming years.