Copernicus Australasia is a regional hub supporting Copernicus, Europe's most ambitious and multifaceted Earth observation programme to date.
We provide free and open access to data from Europe's Sentinel satellite missions for the following South-East Asia and South Pacific region:
The regional hub is established under an agreement between Australia and the European Union. Implementation of the hub is facilitated by arrangements between the European Space Agency, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites and Geoscience Australia. The project is operated collaboratively by Geoscience Australia, Queensland Department of Environment and Science, New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, Western Australian Land Information Authority and the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation. In 2018 New Zealand's Centre for Space Science Technology joined the consortium. The National Computational Infrastructure is contracted to implement and operate the master data repository.
Operation of the regional data hub:
- supports the business requirements of partner agencies;
- forms a consolidated approach to enhance access to satellite Earth observation data for research, industry and civil society; and
- fulfils a commitment to give back to the international satellite Earth observation community.
Europe's Copernicus programme, and its constituent Sentinel constellation of satellites specifically, has been identified as a critical source of Earth observations from space data for Australasia. The types of data available from this operational constellation:
- support innovation, science and research;
- enhance long-term data security for existing EOS applications;
- support delivery of enhanced products across key domains including agriculture, resources and disaster management; and
- stimulate the development of new products by the government, research and ultimately private sectors.