Mercator Océan International, EUMETSAT & ECMWF are happy to introduce you to the Copernicus WEkEO platform, providing all Copernicus and Sentinel data, including the Copernicus Marine portfolio, alongside cloud computing resources and tools. Discover WEkEO during the first Online Training Workshop focusing on marine data on July 15, 2020 at 10:30 am UTC+2.
The online WEkEO Training sessions have been designed to train existing as well as new WEkEO users. The audience will learn about the use of the original Copernicus and Satellite data through the WEkEO cloud computing platform and their possible applications. Gaining knowledge during the workshop will enable the audience to interact and share its experience and express needs and requirements for new products and tools to be included in the WEkEO portfolio in future.
Objectives of the workshop
The workshop aims to bring together experts and users of Earth Observation products. It will consist of a mixture of plenary expert talks, round table discussions and hands-on practical exercises to explore the WEkEO platform. The target audience is mainly beginners and new users.
WEkEO training timeline
The WEkEO training workshop focused on Marine data products will be conducted online comprising 3 rounds with an interval of 2 weeks in-between for practical homework (Round 2).
At the end of the webinars’ session, participants will access specific online materials like the recording of the webinars, practical sessions (Jupiter Notebooks) created specifically for the workshop and associated tutorial videos. A chat/forum platform will also be at the disposal of the participants to facilitate the exchanges, ask questions and share the best practices. During this period, the participants will have the opportunity to practice themselves with the material provided.
During the online debriefing session (Round 3), experts and trainers will review the questions asked on the chat platform during the practical session.
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Recorded sessions — The sessions will be recorded and available for attendees.
Mercator Ocean International, EUMETSAT & ECMWF are organising a WEkEO Online Demo on July 2, 2020, 10:00–11:30 am CEST.
In June 2020, a new version (called V1) of the WEkEO service has been launched, offering a wide range of improvements and new functionalities. The WEkEO V1 cloud platform provides a comprehensive portfolio of original Copernicus Programme and Sentinel satellite data, with harmonised data access, cloud infrastructure and expert user support.
Objectives of the demo
On the occasion of the release of Version 1, EUMETSAT, ECMWF and Mercator Ocean International are pleased to invite you to attend an online demo, whose objective is to introduce you to the new WEkEO functionalities such as a direct, up-to-date, unreplicated access to the entire Copernicus as well as Sentinel portfolios. The agenda is as follows:
- Overview of the WEkEO service (which data and cloud processing capabilities are available, what are the free and paid plans, user support and training agenda) – 30 mins
- Online demonstration of the WEkEO web portal (view, discover, select and download data, register for free plans, register for paid plans, run a Jupyter Notebook, ask for virtual machines, and run my application on virtual machines) – 40 mins
- Q&A – 20 mins
We are pleased to announce that the WEkEO V1 version will be available June 17th 2020 and offers a range of improvements and new functionalities. The WEkEO V1 cloud platform provides a comprehensive portfolio of original Copernicus Programme and Sentinel satellite data (and supporting missions), with harmonised data access, cloud infrastructure and expert user support. The European Union flagship Earth observation initiative, the Copernicus Programme is in the WEkEO DNA both in terms of direct connection to data and to the Copernicus and Sentinel expertise.
With the goal to democratise, facilitate, and standardise access to Copernicus and other relevant data, the European Commission (EC) launched an initiative to develop five Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) in 2016. This initiative benefits a wide range of users including institutional bodies, the private sector, scientists, and civil society to enable them to develop their own value-added products, applications and services. WEkEO DIAS provides users with a powerful tool, including big-data analysis tools, to develop applications for their own specific needs. WEkEO DIAS has been designed by EUMETSAT, Mercator-Ocean International, and ECMWF, and implemented by industry, to provide easy access to Copernicus information and processing tools, in one centralised location, so that users can develop applications for their own specific needs.
Register now to access and compute data, develop an application, and to promote your work.
A feature unique to WEkEO is that it offers direct, up-to-date, unreplicated access to the entire Copernicus as well as the Sentinel portfolios. This differentiating infrastructure approach enhances the users’ connection in terms of speed, ensures that users always have the most up-to-date data, and plugs users in directly to the continually expanding offer. The range of available information is wide and includes Copernicus Progamme data from its services: Land, Climate, Marine, and Atmosphere. It includes in situ and model outputs covering the past present and future of our Earth environment. Extensive satellite data is available ranging from L1 plus processing levels such as Sentinel 1, 2, 3 as well as Copernicus contributing missions.
WEkEO is built on a distributed infrastructure connected by an ultra high-speed backbone and offers cloud-based hosted processing. It includes a broad spectrum of processing tools, including big-data tools, running on a modern infrastructure that allows users to compute and transform data for their own purposes, supporting their downstream applications. Infrastructure, platform, and software as a service are available including Jupyter Notebooks, ready-to-use virtual machines pre-configured for data access and standard tools such as SNAP, QGS and development tools for Python or R.
Harmonized Data Access
The Harmonized Data Access (HDA) API allows uniform access to the whole WEkEO catalogue, including subsetting and downloading functionalities. WEkEO's REST-based single protocol facilitates users to scale and evolve their code. It allows them to easily integrate all data sources using a virtual station, a Jupyter Notebook or an application of choice, and uses homogeneous subsetting attributes.
User Support & Federation
Focusing on excellent user experience, WEkEO User Support capitalises on institutions that are globally recognized for their long-standing experience. WEkEO is operated by a consortium of organisations with a range of expertises in Earth observation, operational services, education and training:
- Mercator Ocean International the implementer of the Copernicus Marine Service;
- EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) which provides data services from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites it operates (Sentinel‑3 Marine Mission, Sentinel‑4, Sentinel‑5 and Sentinel‑6);
- and ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) the implementer of the Copernicus Atmosphere and Climate services.
WEkEO differentiates itself from other platforms by being built around the idea of federation: data federation, with new data providers being able to join; infrastructure federation, with contributions by the three partners, industrial contractors and other interested parties; and user support federation, with distributed experts in IT and EO products and services. The three partners rely on the European IT industry and the latest available technology to build and maintain WEkEO. The implementation of the cloud platform is realized by an industry consortium where the main contributors are Thales Alenia Space and CloudFerro for the infrastructure, GMV for the data processing tools and Telespazio for the webportal.
WEkEO offers services on a free basis as well through a suite of paid advanced plans to fit the scalable needs of individuals, businesses and institutional operations:
- The Essential pack offers free and open access to: all Copernicus and Sentinel data, as well as Jupyter Notebooks and our User Support.
- The Advanced packs, includes a competitive range of pricing plans, including virtual cloud-based processing environments and tools as well as free networking (in and out). See the price list and sign up for the free package
The latest instalment of the Copernicus ‘Eyes on Earth’ Roadshow will be organised as a fully digital/online event on 2-3 June. The online Roadshow will be part of the EO4GEO Summit and organised in cooperation with the Croatian Presidency of the EU.
Marta Bertran, on behalf of both the Copernicus Marine Service and the WEkEO, will present next week on June 2, 2020 at 1:30-3:30 pm at the Copernicus Eye on Earth online event. The session will showcase marine data, including current, wave, temperature, and salinity variables, from the Copernicus Marine portfolio that are relevant for Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). She will also discuss the use of the WEkEO cloud computing platform, including the big data tools available to manipulate large Earth observation datasets.
Participants of all ages and from all across Europe will be able to attend interactive sessions designed to bring earth observation, space data, and the Copernicus programme closer to EU citizens.
These remote sessions have been prepared to give participants all the benefits of the previous Roadshow events – without even having to leave your home, office, school classroom, or university lecture hall. But wherever you are when you watch this exciting new Roadshow, please observe the social distancing and other hygiene rules that your national authorities have introduced.
By joining the Copernicus ‘Eyes on Earth’ Roadshow interactive sessions, you can:
- Discover how earth observation and space data activities can be used in areas like agriculture, health, technology, disaster management, business, and many others;
- Better understand our planet and how to better preserve its resources;
- Explore the ways space data can help us tackle the current COVID-19 crisis and other large-scale emergencies;
- Learn about the Copernicus services and tools, and how to use them to boost your business;
- Discuss your ideas with earth observation experts;
- Know more about the skills needed for a space data career.
Sessions will be led by international experts on Earth observation.
Check the full programme and register for the Copernicus ‘Eyes on Earth’ Online Roadshow and the EO4GEO Summit at https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/COP-Eyes-on-Earth-Roadshow_EO4GEO-Summit/en.
- When? Thursday, 14th May 2020 at 17:00 CET
- Where? https://mooc.copernicus.eu/course/view.php?id=11§ion=10
On 14th May 2020, there will be a WEkEO webinar in the Copernicus MOOC! Do not miss the chance to watch the webinar and ask live your questions in the Q&A session.
The Copernicus MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a free online training that enables participants to understand how to use Earth Observation data to address societal challenges and generate new business opportunities. This course is open to everyone, at no cost.
The Copernicus MOOC has been developed by the University of Luxembourg Competence Centre and PwC for the European Commission.
The Copernicus MOOC is divided in the following chapters:
- Understand Copernicus data and services
- Learn from success stories
- Do it yourself
Each chapter includes 4 modules. You can watch the videos of each module here. The WEkEO webinar is part of the chapter 3 and the module 10, called Prototyping.
The WEkEO webinar starts at 5 pm (CET) and is expected to last 30 minutes. It will consist of a video presentation and a live Questions & Answers (Q&A) session, presented by Marta Bertran, from the WEkEO Support team.
After the WEkEO webinar, Siemon Smid (PwC) will present a Q&A session to address the questions from participants related to prototyping. Finally, Susan Vrona-Béjina (PwC) will present a demonstration about FaST prototyping.
Participants can follow the MOOC as a guest or register at https://mooc.copernicus.eu/login/index.php. For registered participants, their training activity will be tracked so that they can get a certificate at the end of the course.
The recording of both the webinar and the Q&A session will be available after the event.
WEkEO DIAS cloud computing services, along with its extensive portfolio of Earth observation data, will be offered free of charge for all projects fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. As the direct and indirect victims of COVID-19 amass, Europe comes together to combat the disease. In an effort to find solutions and innovate in a time of need, WEkEO & the European Commission, will offer its services without charge to all users with projects dedicated to understanding and mitigating this pandemic.
If you have a project fighting against COVID-19, please contact us for free cloud resources.
The WEkEO portfolio includes updated and timely Copernicus Programme data directly from the original sources as well as the Sentinel satellite catalogue. This empowers you to see our living planet through the eyes of the Sentinels and the Copernicus Atmosphere, Climate, Marine, and Land data with harmonized access.
Now you can analyze, compute, integrate, forecast and more using our powerful cloud infrastructure and big data computing tools. Build your app now to fight COVID-19!
See what the data providers have published concerning Earth observation data and the coronavirus:
The European Space Week (EUSW) will take place in Helsinki (Finland) on 3-5 December. The EUSW is an international event for European space programs in which policy makers, space experts and user communities participate. WEkEO will be present at the General Assembly and the EUS
EUSW Hackathon – Galileo and Copernicus Innovation Challenge
There will be a 48-hour hackathon hosted by the European Commission during the EU Space Week 2019. Participants will develop prototypes concerning European Emergency Apps. Some examples are location-based emergency alerts, safe routes for emergency responders, etc. WEkEO will provide access to Copernicus data and cloud infrastructure. Experts from Copernicus and the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) will support participants in the development of their ideas. There will also be emergency response professionals and business coaches. WEkEO will offer on-site and remote technical support for the participants at the EUSW hackathon.
More information can be found at: https://euspaceweek.eu/programme/eusw-hackathon/
A WEkEO webinar has been prepared for the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS-yWWKsaF0
EU Space Week General Assembly
On 3rd December, WEkEO will be present at the Meet the Experts sessions that are part of the General Assembly Copernicus Relay and Academy. In these sessions, EU Space Week participants will have the chance to meet representatives of organizations related to the Copernicus ecosystem.
Find out more and register at: https://euspaceweek.eu/general-assembly/
Work with an ocean of data without getting your feet wet!
The #Oceanhack will take place in Tallinn (Estonia) on the 22-24 November 2019. The challenge is to create solutions to problems that currently affect the Baltic Sea. In order to develop their projects, participants will use Copernicus Marine data and WEkEO.
Data visualisations, hardware, mobile or web apps can be proposed. Innovative ideas that use artificial intelligence or machine learning are particularly welcomed.
This hackathon is funded by the EU Copernicus Programme and organised through a partnership of EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Service and the Estonian Environment Agency . The #OceanHack is powered by Garage48.
Find out more and register at: http://garage48.org/events/copernicus-oceanhack
On October 25th-26th a 2nd edition of the Copernicus Hackathon and Climathon will take place in two different locations in France: Toulouse and Bordeaux.
- The Climathon is focused on climate change and is part of a global event that takes place in 120 cities worldwide.
- The Copernicus Hackathon promotes the use of satellite data to develop new applications and services related to Earth Observation.
The challenges to solve are related to the following topics: Climate and Health, New Climate Risks, Urban Heat Sources, Green Travel Routes, Urban Soft Mobility, among others. In order to find solutions to these challenges, participants can rely on the experience of climate and space experts as well as business coaches. This event is organized by Aerospace Valley , EIT Climate-KIC and EPITECH . As a partner of the Copernicus Hackathon & Climathon, WEkEO provides the access to the Copernicus data and cloud infrastructure for the participants.
Find out more and register at: www.booster-nova.com/copernicushackathonclimathon/
First Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshow
On the 12th and 13th June 2019, WEkEO representatives attended the first Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshow that took place in Darmstadt (Germany) at EUMETSAT headquarters. This event was the first of a series of five roadshows that will take place in EU Member States between 2019 and 2020. The aim of these events is to promote the use of Copernicus data and its applications.
At Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshows, general audiences can learn about Earth Observation and understand how the Copernicus Programme helps to protect the Earth’s environment. Participants can also be informed about business opportunities in the geospatial industry. For audiences already involved in the Earth Observation sector, Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshows give them the opportunity to share their knowledge with other space data professionals and meet with experts in Copernicus related-areas. In this event there were several expo areas, business presentations, networking sessions and business cases masterclasses. WEkEO had a stand where participants could see demos on how to use WEkEO and ask questions about the DIAS.
More information and registration for future Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshows can be found in the following links. The second event will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (24-25 September 2019) and the third roadshow will be in Tallinn, Estonia (3-4 October 2019).
WEkEO has been developed jointly by EUMETSAT (leading cloud infrastructure and system engineering support), ECMWF (leading data access and tools) and Mercator Ocean International (leading user support, web presence and marketing). It is one of the EU Copernicus Data Information Access Services (DIAS) and is a central place to work with all Copernicus Data and Information.
WEkEO is the EU Copernicus DIAS reference service for environmental data, virtual processing environments and skilled user support. WEkEO is based on a distributed open architecture concept, federative and scalable, implemented by European industry. WEkEO responds to the requirements for the DIAS as defined by the European Commission and is funded through the Copernicus Programme. On April 16th, the ITT1 (Invitation to tender), which covers WEkEO infrastructure (where EUMETSAT is the lead) was successfully awarded.
What does the ITT1 contract entail?
The activities covered by this contract are procured by EUMETSAT in the frame of the partnership established with ECMWF and Mercator Ocean International, in the context of the implementation and operations of the WEkEO DIAS Service funded by the EU Copernicus Programme.
The scope of the contract now awarded to the two co-contractors - Thales Alenia Space (TAS) and CloudFerro - corresponds to the most significant part of the WEkEO project, in terms of functionalities, costs and related industrial activities. The following key aspects are addressed:
- Provision of computing, storage and network infrastructure called DPIs (Distributed Partner Infrastructure);
- Provision of commercial cloud services for elasticity purpose;
- Establishment of efficient network connections between infrastructure;
- Hosting of CFI elements (SW packages and tools);
- IAAS services including virtual environment functions and toolboxes;
- Web services and reference front office implementation;
- Operations and support services for WEkEO DAS;
- System administration & IT helpdesk services;
- Analysis and reporting functions.
The WEkEO DIAS aspects outside the scope of this contract will be procured by the respective partners through separate ITTs. These include:
- Data Processing & Tools;
- Engineering support services for requirements management and verification and validation (V&V) activities;
- WEkEO End User Web Portal;
- User outreach and marketing;
- User support & Helpdesk.
As part of the contract award activities, “commercial exploitation rights” were granted to the TAS consortium for the duration of the contract. This means, the contractor may define and implement additional functions and services, with the purpose to optimise the commercial exploitation of Copernicus Data and Information Services, in line with the proposed business model.
The implementation of the WEkEO Service will be largely based on existing design solutions and CFI (Customer Furnished Items) software that are imposed to the Contractor in order to secure the continuity of key design elements, interfaces and user-related functions established already with the Data Service Roadmap/Pathfinder projects and the demonstration version v0 of the WEkEO service that has been available to end users since June 2018.
Based on the project schedule, the Operational Readiness Review of the Copernicus WEkEO Services and Operations is foreseen for mid-October 2019.
The kick-off meeting was attended by EUMETSAT, representatives from the co-contractors Thales Alenia Space and CloudFerro and from the four sub-contractors: Atos, GMV, CLS and Orange.
The EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The meeting’s sessions, typically over 500, cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, as well as energy and resources.
The Copernicus Marine Service and WEkEO (an EU cloud computing platform with all the Copernicus Programme data) will have stands at the event to promote their Earth observation data and services. The goal is to raise awareness about the two services particularly amongst young scientists.This annual event attracts over 14,000 scientists from all over the world, of which more than half are early career scientists. Each annual General Assembly typically has around 4500 oral presentations, over 10,000 posters, and around 1000 presentations.
Both stands will be present from April 7-12, with multiple representatives present to answer questions and present the services. WEkEO, which is implemented by EUMETSAT, ECMWF, and Mercator Ocean, will have have representatives from the three services present.
The WEkEO Copernicus DIAS Service strives to continually deliver a user-driven service including free-of-charge products and meet user needs. We are happy to announce a new version of the WEkEO platform, providing users more products and an easier-to-use service to understand the earth environment.
As planned in our roadmap (https://www.wekeo.eu/offer), the WEkEO Copernicus DIAS Service has open since early December 2018 a new service release, including new functionalities and products to help users better understand the earth environment, to maintain a state-of-the-art portfolio, and to better meet user needs from various communities ranging from research to the public and private sector.
The main insights of the release include full availability of Satellite Sentinel-1 and 2 products, in addition to the already available Sentinel-3 data. This was possible thanks to the WEkEO collaboration with EODC (Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring) based in Austria. EODC benefits from the WEkEO federated offer and is sharing with WEkEO its improved Sentinel-1 and -2 data archive for the benefits of all WEkEO’s users.
Moreover, the service now offers an updated user interface: the fruitful interaction and feedbacks from the numerous WEkEO’s pilot users have allowed us to improve our API functionalities, our documentation, our Harmonised Data Access tool, to better fulfil our user’s needs. Our WEkEO DIAS is currently in a demonstration phase, and is proudly built in collaboration with our pilot user constructive feedbacks and with their user-driven mindset.
Next release will take place on January 2019 and will provide with more products and better functionalities.
Copernicus AtmosHack is funded by the EU’s Copernicus Programme and has been organised through a partnership of EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) , the FMI, and the University of Helsinki.
For this event, the participants will create projects on WEkEO, a newly-launched platform that provides access to Copernicus datasets and cloud-based processing resources.
The Baveno event, taking place on June 20-21 2018 in Baveno, Italy, is organised by the European Commission DG GROW and aims to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Baveno Manifesto, the document which gave birth to the Copernicus programme. The Baveno Manifesto was a declaration signed by several European Space agencies in Baveno, Italy in 1998, calling for a long-term commitment to the development of Space-based environmental monitoring services. The event will be an occasion to reflect on the road travelled so far and to look into the future.
Five new platforms called DIAS (Data Information Access Service) will also be launched at this occasion. DIAS is a new initiative from the European Commission to provide single access point to all Copernicus data and information, alongside processing resources, tools and other relevant data.
As key organizations in the Copernicus Programme, EUMETSAT, ECMWF and Mercator Océan have combined their long-standing experience to develop one of the DIAS platforms, the WEkEO Copernicus DIAS service, the EU's DIAS reference portal for environmental data, virtual environments for data processing and skilled user support.
EUMETSAT, ECMWF and Mercator Océan held an information day for European industry, representatives of other Copernicus service providers and future users on their WEkEO DIAS platform at its Darmstadt headquarters on 24 April 2018. More here.
EUMETSAT, ECMWF and Mercator Océan held an information day for European industry, representatives of other Copernicus service providers and future users on their WEkEO DIAS platform at its Darmstadt headquarters on 10 November 2017. More here.