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Copernicus as a decision-making tool

Once fully operational, the Copernicus programme will be a powerful data-collection tool for information on land, the marine environment, the atmosphere, security and climate change.

The data, collected continuously in real time, will assist scientists and politicians in:

- making the right decisions for the short term or during a major incident such as a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis, based on reliable, accurate and regular geospatial information.

- implementing strategies for land planning, socio-economic development and management of natural resources in line with environmental and health priorities.

With regards to urban development policies, for instance, more than one quarter of European Union territory is built up and more than 70% of Europeans live in urban areas. The impact that cities have on global warming is no longer a matter for debate and Copernicus will prove essential in defining future urban policies, more specifically helping to design cities with lower carbon emissions.

Copernicus will also provide rich data on the seas and the oceans, such as water temperature and salinity, sea levels, currents, winds, receding ice sheets, and so on. This will provide a far more accurate understanding of climate change, the state of marine ecosystems and fisheries resources. Copernicus will also enhance maritime traffic security.

Lastly, Copernicus will supply regular information, even hourly with Sentinel-4, on the composition of the atmosphere in real time, for improved forecasting several days in advance of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane), reagent gases (carbon monoxide, compounds of oxidised nitrogen, sulphur dioxide), ozone and aerosols. Applications for this information extend to a wide variety of fields including health, the environment, renewable energies, meteorology and climatology.

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