Copernicus for Marine Environment Monitoring

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Open Call Reference: HORIZON-CL4-2023-SPACE-01-34

The coastal zones have tremendous social, economic and biological value but are exposed to a high level of pressure due to climate change and human activities. It is essential to advance Copernicus solutions to answer policy (e.g. WFD, MSFD, MSP, CFP, Flood Directive, Arctic Policy, Green Deal) needs to better manage and protect the coastal zone, to ensure the development of a sustainable blue economy (e.g. tourism, energy extraction, fisheries, offshore operations, industrial port areas, cities growth), and to build resilience to climate change, human activities being potentially exposed and vulnerable to many hazards of natural or anthropic origins, including storm surges, flooding, acidification, ice melting, and degradation of ecosystems.

-Development of improved pan-European satellite coastal observation retrievals (e.g. sea level, sea surface temperature, ocean colour, bathymetry, shoreline position, winds, waves, ice changes.), notably derived from Sentinel data, and an improved access and processing of in-situ data in the coastal zone
-Development of improved inputs of freshwater flows and associated river inputs of particulate and dissolved organic and mineral matter
-Development of improved coupling techniques between Copernicus Marine observations and modelling systems and downstream coastal observation and modelling systems operated by Member States and Copernicus Participating States including an impact assessment for key coastal applications and EU policies (e.g. MSFD, WFP, MSP, CFP, Green Deal).

-Enhanced quality and efficiency of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service to respond to policy and user requirements, technological developments implementing the space regulations, and challenges targeted by the Horizon Europe Mission on ‘Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters’
-Development of efficient and reliable new products chains
-Development of new algorithms and processing chains preparing the use of the new types of space observation data in order to allow development of new products or the improvement of existing products

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