From space, we can monitor natural and man-made events from floods and forest fires to changes in ice cover, rising sea levels, oil slicks and earthquakes.
A dynamic programme of Earth observation has given Europe a leading role in understanding the global environment.
Today new versions of the Meteosat and MetOp weather satellites are being developed with EUMETSAT and
ESA is launching the Sentinel series as part of the EU’s Copernicus initiative. Copernicus gives European citizens and policy makers timely and accurate information services to manage the environment, understand and mitigate climate change and ensure civil security.
Sentinel-2 image of a massive ice calving event in August 2015 Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland
Credits: Copernicus Sentinel data
Copernicus is funded by the EU and ESA