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Polar applications are not a new subject for discussion. Internationally, the subject has gained considerable attention from institutions such as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) through its Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). The European Space Agency (ESA), from its side, touches upon the topic via its Climate Change Initiative (CCI) and Polaris. In 2016, the European Union even adopted an integrated EU Policy for the Arctic, aiming to contribute to a stable, safe, sustainable and prosperous Arctic.

For Copernicus, the Copernicus Polar and Snow Cover Applications User Requirements Workshop of 23 June 2016 welcomed a series of users, service providers, representatives from the scientific community, the European Commission, ESA, EUMETSAT and industry representatives, to gather a set of requirements to be fulfilled by the evolution of the Copernicus Space Component. This process was finalized by the work of the Polar Expert Group in Spring/Summer 2017, which has made an analysis providing a list of requirements and priorities, including the required space technologies to achieve this, in a series of two reports. These activities contribute to the general exercise in which the requirements for the evolution of the Copernicus Space Component are defined.

This workshop is an opportunity to present the roadmap of Copernicus in this area and to raise awareness concerning the defined offer of products and services for the industry and related stakeholders. The discussions will be based on the EU Arctic Policy, which identifies three policy areas:

1.      Climate Change and Safeguarding the Arctic Environment (livelihoods of indigenous peoples, Arctic environment)

2.      Sustainable Development in and around the Arctic (exploitation of natural resources e.g. fish, minerals, avoiding oil and gas spills), « Blue economy », safe and reliable navigation (NE Passage…)

3.      International Cooperation on Arctic Issues (scientific research, EU and bilateral cooperation projects, fisheries management/ecosystems protection, commercial fishing)


This event is open and free to registered participants. 

The registration is now closed.



Date:               Wednesday 07/11/2018

Language:      English

Cost:               Free of charge


Venue:          Breydel Auditorium, DG GROW

Address:      Avenue d'Auderghem 45

City:             1000 Brussels





09:30 - 10:00
Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:15
Welcome and Introduction
10:15 - 11:00
SESSION 1: The institutional framework


Philippe Brunet - DG GROW, European Commission


Heino Nau - DG MARE, European Commission


Vincent Toumazou - DG GROW, European Commission




11:00 - 11:15
Coffee break
11:15 - 12:30
SESSION 2: Infrastructure and DIAS


Craig Donlon - ESA


Bojan Bojkov - EUMETSAT


Nick Hughes - KEPLER-project, H2020




12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:45
SESSION 3: Polar applications of Copernicus - Climate change & safeguarding the Arctic environment


Carlo Buontempo - ECMWF 


Andrew Shepherd - UK Center for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) / University of Leeds


Matilde Brandt Kreiner - Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)   


Stef Lhermitte - EarthMapps (TUDelft)


Paola Belingheri - IceKing GmbH



14:45 - 15:00
Coffee break
15:00 - 16:15
SESSION 4: Polar applications of Copernicus - Sustainable development in and around the Arctic


Gilles Garric - Mercator Ocean


Snorre Greil - Icelandic Coast Guard


Jani Poutiainen - FMI


Stefan Hendricks - Drift + Noise Polar Services


Lars-Anders Breivik - Norwegian Meteorological Institute




16:15 - 17:15
SESSION 5: Polar applications of Copernicus - International cooperation on Arctic issues


Vincent Jean Paul B. Drouin - National Land Survey of Iceland


Shridhar Jawak - University Centre in Svalbard (SIOS)


Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir - University of Iceland



17:15 - 17:30
Wrap up and conclusions


Workshop venue

European Commission - DG GROW
Address: Avenue d'Auderghem 45, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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The workshop venue is walking distance (5 minutes) from Schuman metro station. There is a train connection between Schuman and BRU Airport and the journey takes about 35 minutes.
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Contact Information

Copernicus Support Office

Email: support [at] copernicus.eu (please indicate "Copernicus and Polar Regions Workshop" in the subject line)