Opportunities and challenges related to the use of data from satellite monitoring of Earth were the topic of a workshop organized by the Polish Agency for Space Polish institutions and enterprises of the space sector with representatives of the European Commission responsible for the program Copernicus.
The workshop was conducted by Andreas Veispak, head of the Space Data on Needs of Society and Development of the European Commission and Agnieszka Łukaszczyk, Senior Expert of the department.
Copernicus - is Earth monitoring program implemented by the European Commission, collecting and providing data from satellites associated with the observation of the environment and natural phenomena that occur on Earth. These data can provide public and individual customers reliable and timely information that is useful in a variety of areas including agriculture, fisheries, environment and safety.
– Polish space industry has a lot to offer European space programs. Competencies are high and will only grow. Poland is clearly a leader in the region - said Andreas Veispak, head of the Space Data on Needs of Society and Development of the European Commission. - It must be remembered that space applications are not only used in the public sector, but also an important starting point for the creation of commercial products. Copernicus data are free and publicly available and can be used by various industries: agriculture, fisheries, forestry, cartography, insurance, transport, construction, security, defense, meteorology, extraction of raw materials, tourism and marketing and the media. Do not forget that investing in space applications to invest in the economy and development.
During the meeting, the Polish Space Agency, which was held on February 11, 2016, for their projects related to the use of data from the program Copernicus talked representatives of 20 Polish companies and institutions such as the Airbus Group Poland Sp. z.o.o, Asseco Poland SA, Astri Poland Sp. z.o.o, Space Research Centre, Creotech Instruments SA, Geosystems Poland Sp. z.o.o, GMV Innovating Solutions Sp. z.o.o, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Institute of Oceanology, ITTI sp. z.o.o, Focal Point, MGGP SA, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, PROGEA Consulting, Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements, SmallGIS sp. z.o.o, Stermedia sp. z.o.o, Suntech SA, Association of Employers Sector Space.
Andreas Veispak spoke, among others, that currently observed change in the perception of the cosmos as space for satellite data provides an opportunity for countries that are not present on the market related to sending satellites and spacecraft. He also stressed that an area with great development potential is the observation of the earth's surface.
Systematically develop satellite data Sentinel1 and Sentinel2 available free of charge under the Copernicus - said prof. dr. Katarzyna Dabrowska-Zielinska, Head of Remote Sensing Centre of the Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, which took part in the workshop. - Built on the basis of the indicators on the surface of plant-soil allow for the regular provision of information in the form of services built to monitor risks (fires, floods, droughts, landslides) and for the development of changes associated with the use of the surface, the forecast yield and water scarcity.
Polish Space Agency carries out projects aimed at getting wider and more effective use of data from satellite monitoring of the Earth.
– This year we want to launch pilot projects to allow public use of data from Copernicus - said Marek Banaszkiewicz, president of the Polish Space Agency. - We finance the execution of 5 sites that allow the administration to use in everyday work and satellite images created on the basis of analyzes and reports in various areas of the country.