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Piloting downstream applications and services of relevance to Coastal Management at local and regional level

The activity aims to raise the awareness and use of Copernicus data and services for municipalities at local level as well as county boards and regional planning offices. The example of Coastal Management illustrates a good example of an area between land and sea with many cross sectorial issues as a valuable environment under high pressure from exploitation, tourism, urbanization, maritime activities, erosion due to sea level rise etc.

The user uptake of Copernicus data, products and services has so far been fairly limited at local and regional level. Using coastal management as a demonstration case, piloting downstream applications used as good examples will be planned and carried out. The area has built in conflicts between economy and sustainable development and at the same time embracing high values to biodiversity, ecosystem services and economic activities. The coastal zone is often the area where the impact of climate change is most prominent. The Swedish coast is one the longest in Europe and Earth Observation applications may be needed according to specific local circumstances, geographic location and environmental conditions. Local applications will be defined and produced, starting with a collaboration with an interested community of municipalities in at the Swedish west coast. To begin with, a mapping exercise and gap analysis will be carried out with the help of different stakeholders and service coordinators primarily EEA and Mercator with the Copernicus Support Office as facilitator but also other relevant actors from the Land – and Marine Services if needed. When agreed with the Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR) on the added value of a Copernicus based tool, specific information products may need to be procured. With this as a good example and show case other communities along the coast will be informed by specific training and information activities of the product, its usability and potential to other municipalities, either by tailoring to local need or as a basis for further development or completely new ideas.

Outputs and Results

Copernicus deserves higher attention in the monitoring of the coastal zone and has potential of becoming a tool in the follow-up of relevant national and EU legislation. The activity’s character of intersection between different interests and sector responsibilities has great potential to engage users at local and regional level as well as members in the national User’s forum and thereby constitute a concrete users case of common interest. The User’s uptake at local and regional level is estimated to increase considerably. The piloting application together with connected demonstration examples may also stimulate tailored downstream applications, innovation and business opportunities. Current land cover or marine products could be better adjusted to the actual needs in the coastal zone.