The Copernicus Earth Observation Programme of the European Union produces information services for environmental monitoring and safety. It regroups six services: atmosphere, marine, land, climate change (C3S), security and emergency. This production of Copernicus services is based on the processing of environmental data.


The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides regular and systematic reference information on the physical and biogeochemical state, the variability and dynamics of the ocean and marine ecosystems for the global ocean and the European regional seas.

The observations and forecasts generated by the service offer multiple applications in the maritime domain, including:

  • Marine Safety;
  • Marine Resources;
  • Coastal and marine environment;
  • Meteorology, seasonal forecasts and climate.

In November 2014, the European Commission signed a delegation agreement with Mercator Ocean International for the implementation and provision of the service. This service is operational since May 1, 2015.

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