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Since the launch of the initial concept of Copernicus back in 1998, substantial investments for Research and Development have been made in Earth observation by the European Union, the European Space Agency and their respective Member States.


Over the last 15 years, numerous R&D projects have contributed to the development of the Copernicus infrastructure and services.


Today, several ongoing EU-funded projects are investigating possible options to complement existing services.


(Information on past and on-going projects can be found in the Database of projects hosted on this website)