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Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service

The Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service provides satellite images to support a better understanding and improved monitoring of activities at sea. The service is available to support a wide range of operational functions, including maritime safety and security, fisheries control, customs, law enforcement, and marine environment monitoring.

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.

Copernicus is a European Union Programme aimed at developing European information services based on satellite earth observation and in situ (non-space) data analyses. Under the Copernicus Programme, a number of specific services have been established in key thematic areas. EMSA has been appointed as Entrusted Entity of the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service, responsible on behalf of the Commission for implementing all technical and operational activities for the duration of the signed Delegation Agreement (2015-2020).

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