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 EUMETSATECMWF, 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 (, 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.

Join us for the AtmosHack2018, a weekend hackathon working with atmospheric data at the Finnish Meteorological Service (FMI) in Helsinki on 16-18 November 2018.

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.

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