Copernicus programme

  • It is the world’s largest single earth observation programme directed by European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • It aims at achieving global, continuous, autonomous, high quality, wide range Earth observation capacity.
  • It provides wide range of applications like climate change, ocean, land and atmosphere monitoring as well as support in forecasting, management and mitigation of natural disasters.
  • Its full, free and open data policy has proven its merits and allowed development of thriving user base in Europe and beyond.
  • Why in news? EU will provide free access to data of this program to India

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