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Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service

The Copernicus Maritime Surveillance (CMS) Service provides satellite images to support a better understanding and improved monitoring of activities at sea, within a wide range of operational functions.

Recognising that human activity at sea is intrinsically dynamic, the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service aims to provide timely, relevant, and targeted satellite-based information to member states and EU bodies. Data from earth observation satellites is combined with a wide range of other data, both from EMSA systems as well as from external sources. This includes vessel identification and position information, behaviour patterns, and intelligence from users. The fusion of data provides a more complete overview of activities at sea, enabling a more in-depth analysis than any one data source alone. By offering increased access to earth observation data, Copernicus reinforces and enhances existing EMSA services and opens the possibility of setting up new services too.

The CMS service provides Earth Observation products (satellite imagery and value adding products) to support a better understanding and improved monitoring of activities at sea. The service is available to Member State administrations and European bodies exercising functions on areas such as maritime safety and security, fisheries control, customs, law enforcement, marine environment monitoring, and others (e.g. defence).

Satellite-based images provide a wealth of additional data to Coastal States’ maritime surveillance services, enriching the overall maritime picture and enabling users to improve resources management when tackling maritime security operations.

Earth observation data can be delivered in a wide variety of formats and can cover large or small maritime areas, with less or more detail on the area captured. The type of EO data (Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) or optical) which is most useful depends on the type of monitoring needed in any given operation at sea.

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