Earth Observation Mission News
Copernicus Sentinel-1: Making our seas safer
22 October 2014
Within the first days of its operational life, the Sentinel-1A satellite has provided data for marine services in the Arctic.
During the first week of the satellite's operational data supply, experts from the Technical University of Denmark and the Danish Meteorological Institute working under the Horizon 2020 MyOcean Follow-On project used the data to alert vessels on marine ice conditions.
The series of MyOcean projects is the pre-operational precursor of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, to be implemented by the European Commission. Its primary objective is to provide forecasts of the global marine environment and the near-realtime observation data necessary for forecast models.
Since Sentinel-1A data started to become free and accessible earlier this month with the satellite entering into its operational phase, the Danish Meteorological Institute began to use the information to improve observations of the polar regions and forecast maritime conditions.
Source: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: Copernicus data (2014) ESA/MyOcean/PolarView - Sentinel-1A mosaic of ice drift