Copernicus Australia 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 Science Information Technology and Innovation, New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, Western Australian Land Information Authority and the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation. 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.
The Copernicus Australia data hub will ramp up to Full Operating Capability in 2018 with three main stages.
Stage 1 - Original Format Data Files: Delivered at launch focusing on the replication of the data holdings from ESA and EUMETSAT in their original formats in Australia.
Stage 2 - Analysis-Ready Data: Delivered in early 2017 focusing on the ongoing production of Analysis Ready collections of the Sentinel missions with interoperable services increasing accessibility.
Stage 3 - Cloud and HPC: Delivered in early 2018 focusing on scaling up delivery services and enabling industry exploitation of the collections.
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 Australia. 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.