Copernicus Polar Workshop

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Organisation: Copernicus Marine Service

In the framework of the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme, DG-DEFIS is organising the Copernicus Polar Workshop which will be held online, 19 September, 2:00 to 5:30 pm. This workshop will present how Copernicus supports EU’s policy actions by contributing to the monitoring of the Polar Regions.

The Polar regions are the first facing the impacts of climate change: Arctic warming is three time faster that global average giving a deep impact of the Arctic cryosphere. Simultaneously, the ice melting of both poles contribute to a significant sea level rise threating global coastal activities and ecosystems. The consequences are not only local but are becoming global. We can't go back in the past and change our behaviours but we have the opportunity to minimize the long-term effects of climate change giving the opportunity to policy makers to take the good action thanks to the Copernicus EO Programme and its core services: Land, atmosphere, Climate Change, Marine, Security and Emergency.

Furthermore, thanks to the Copernicus Expansion Missions, new products dedicated to the Polar regions will be available in the coming years allowing for:

  • Better monitoring of floating sea ice parameters.
  • Enhanced measurement of the sea ice concentration to improve lead detection.

In this context, the workhop will aim to bridge the gap between scientists and policy makers and how the Copernicus EO community can help taking the right EU's policy actions to tackle the effects of climate change.