Big Data from Space

An introduction to Copernicus, The European Earth Observing programme  – what is it, how you can access the data and what you can do with it.

Copernicus, headed by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), is the most ambitious Earth Observation programme to date. A complex set of systems collect data from multiple sources, such as earth observation satellites and ground stations, airborne and sea-borne sensors. Reliable and  up-to-date information are made available to users to support and improve a wide range of applications such as environment protection, management of urban areas, regional and local planning, agriculture, fisheries, health, climate change, tourism and civil protection.  

Copernicus data is free to all users and as part of this programme, ESA is establishing a mechanism to coordinate access to all the relevant data from the multitude of different satellite missions, and has just come to an agreement with Geosciences Australia to ensure access from Southeast Asia and South Pacific.

Sentinel data is already freely available to users. If you would like to explore the imagery in advance of this event, it is available at the Sentinel Data Hub and you can download the free data toolbox here.

We also invite participants to give a flash presentation (5 mins) on any issue and the potential for Copernicus to help. If you are interested please email:



When: Thursday 5th May, 11:00 – 13:00

Where: The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Who is this event for?:  Anyone with an interest in acquiring and using high quality Earth Observation data e.g. Researchers, scientific professionals, industry, government agencies, students.

Format of event:  Informal presentation and discussion event at The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Perth, followed by a networking opportunity.

Register for event: here


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