Project Objectives

MARINE-EO teams up a group of 5 maritime authorities (the buyers’ group) and a group of 4 prestigious scientific and technical organizations with significant experience in EO and maritime matters (the technical advisors) to achieve the following objectives:

Objective 1: Develop, test and validate two sets of demand-driven EO-based services, adopted on open standards, bringing incremental or radical innovations in the field of maritime awareness and leveraging on the existing Copernicus Services and other products from the Copernicus portfolio:

  • Thematic Area 1 Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring and Climate Change: SATOCEAN service provides information about ocean parameters variability in time and space, best probable fishing areas, fish farm locations, and water quality. It also incorporates sea ice extent for safe navigation and maritime operations in the Arctic.

  • Thematic Area 2 Copernicus Security: SATSURVEILLANCE service contributes to the development of EUROSUR regulation by providing services in response to Europe’s security challenges in the domains of Border Security.

Objective 2: Propose a set of “support” / “envelop” services which will better integrate the abovementioned EO and Copernicus-enabled services to the operational logic and code of conduct. Such services shall also bring “closer” the demand side (Public Authorities) with the EO data providers (COPERNICUS-contributing missions) and EO data experts and analysts (Service providers/ industry and SMEs) creating a dynamic environment for a single digital market to grow.

Objective 3: Strengthen transnational collaboration in maritime awareness sector by facilitating knowledge transfer and optimization of resources for the public authorities participating in the buyers group. This shall bring together the supply and demand side in order to foster the development of innovative solutions in response to the increasing demand for strengthening Earth Observation and Copernicus capabilities. In order to accomplish the aforementioned, an experienced group of partners will observe the problem from different perspectives, including an operational and a technical view , while working together for the development, integration and validation of innovative solutions in the field of Earth Observation, the harmonization of tools and methods for the EU wide testing and validation of systems, and the facilitation of public-private cooperation for the sake of market visibility.