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Transport and Safety



Transport represents an important sector of the EU economy, and ensuring passenger safety is a priority for carriers, governments and local authorities.


Environmental hazards, such as volcanic eruptions and the presence of sea ice, can disrupt and impede transportation flows with considerable economic eff ects. Security-related hazards, such as piracy, are also a cause for concern. Copernicus provides numerous solutions to transport and safety issues.


The development of road transport networks brings significant benefits to citizens but often has negative effects on the environment (e.g. increase of air pollution, noise and soil sealing levels). Reducing these negative impacts generally requires that public authorities take appropriate regulating measures (e.g. reduce speed limits in case of pollution peaks). Thanks to its ability to monitor air pollution, Copernicus can also support public authorities in implementing such measures.


In the case of maritime transport, the information on currents provided by Copernicus can support ship routing services. Information on sea ice can contribute to improve navigation safety significantly in Arctic regions.


As far as infrastructures are concerned, Copernicus can support their protection by identifying the areas exposed to a subsidence risk and detect ground movements likely to destabilise buildings, bridges, roads, etc.



Tracking the Eyjafjallajökull ash plume

(Credits: CAMS, courtesy of ECMWF)

Overview map of locations in which the hijacked
Italian tanker Savina Caylin was detected

(Credits: G-MOSAIC)


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