Malta CMEMS Service Platform
Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service
An operational service to show how the ocean will be tomorrow ....
The COPERNICUS programme is a cornerstone of the European Union’s efforts to monitor the Earth and its many ecosystems, whilst ensuring that its citizens are prepared and protected in the face of crises and natural or man-made disasters. COPERNICUS is “EUROPE’s EYES ON EARTH”.

The COPERNICUS programme places a world of insight about our planet at the disposal of citizens, public authorities and policy makers, scientists, entrepreneurs and businesses on a full, free and open basis.

The programme is composed of 3 main components : THE SPACE COMPONENT, THE IN SITU COMPONENT and THE SERVICES COMPONENT. It consists of a complex set of systems which collect data from multiple sources: earth observation satellites and in situ sensors such as ground stations, airborne and sea-borne sensors. It processes these data and provides users with reliable and up-to-date information through a set of services related to environmental and security issues: marine, atmosphere, land, climate change, emergency and security services.

Structure of the COPERNICUS Programme

Structure of COPERNICUS program


The COPERNICUS Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS), also known as COPERNICUS Marine Service is part of the SERVICES Component. On November 11th, 2014, the European Commission and Mercator Ocean, the French centre for analysis and forecasting of the global ocean, have signed an Agreement to implement and operate CMEMS. The EU delegates to Mercator Ocean the role and responsibility of implementing the EU budget for delivering the service on its current multi-annual financial framework 2014-2020.

Mercator Ocean organizes the design, development and operations of the service with their own skills and the support of contractors duly selected through open competition.

This COPERNICUS Marine Service offers a full and free access to regular and systematic reference information on the physical state and on marine ecosystems for the global ocean and the European regional seas (temperature, currents, salinity, sea surface height, sea ice, marine optics, nutrients, etc.).

This capacity encompasses satellite and in-situ observation-derived products, the description of the current situation (analysis), the prediction of the situation a few days ahead (forecast), and the provision of consistent retrospective data records for recent years (re-analysis).

The COPERNICUS Marine Environment Monitoring Service is designed to serve many public, commercial and scientific purposes including major EU policies such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, combating pollution, protection of marine species, maritime safety and routing, sustainable exploitation of ocean resources, marine energy resources, climate monitoring and hurricane forecasting.