The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (Copernicus EMS) provides all actors involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made emergency situations, and humanitarian crises with timely and accurate geo-spatial information derived from satellite remote sensing and completed by available in situ or open data sources.
The Copernicus EMS consists of two components:
The mapping component of the service (Copernicus EMS - Mapping) has a worldwide coverage and provides the above-mentioned actors (mainly Civil Protection Authorities and Humanitarian Aid Agencies) with maps based on satellite imagery. The service started operations on 1st April 2012 and it is implemented by the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre (JRC).
The products generated by the service can be used as supplied (e.g. as digital or printed map outputs). They may also be combined with other data sources (e.g. as digital feature sets in a geographic information system) to support geospatial analysis and decision making processes of emergency managers.
Copernicus EMS - Mapping can support all phases of the emergency management cycle: preparedness, prevention, disaster risk reduction, emergency response and recovery.
The early warning component of the Copernicus EMS consists of two different systems:
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The service is provided free of charge in rush mode, for emergency management activities which require immediate response (read more) and non-rush mode, to support emergency management activities not related to immediate response (read more). It can be activated only by authorised users.
More information on the service is available on the Copernicus EMS – Mapping Portal. The public portal of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service allows to download the maps and products delivered by this service.
A User Guide for the EMS Service has been produced and is available here.