Copernicus – Data and Applications in the European Earth Observation Programme


Copernicus is the Earth Observation Programme of the wider European Union members. With its Sentinel satellites, it covers nearly the entire spectral range of space-borne observation technologies. The six series of Sentinel satellites are already now amongst the largest producers of digital data in the world. As all this data is free and open for everyone, there is no economic limit for possibilities to generate geo-information products for manifold applications. The challenge however is the management of all this digital information, both in storing, transferring and computing this high volume data. The speech will introduce to the lasts status of Copernicus, show latest applications in the radar and optical domain with Sentinel satellite data and explain the approaches how to deal with the enormous amount of data.


Gunter Schreier is deputy director of the DLR German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD). He is coordinator for large scale projects especially in the context of the European earth observation system Copernicus and earth observation projects with international partners and coordinating the earth observation payload data ground segment. He has served at DLR in several functions since 1985, among others as team leader for establishing the SAR geocoding functionalities of the ESA ERS-1/2 "Processing and Archiving Center", also applied for SRTM. He also worked as national expert at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, in Ispra. Italy, and was founding Vice President Geomatics of Definiens, Munich (now Trimble). Currently, he is Chairman of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Earth Observation Committee, and Chairman of the International Policy Advisory Group (IPAC) of ISPRS.