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Regional Copernicus in Brittany

Point of contact
Frédéric Adragna
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
18, avenue Edoaurd BELIN
31400 Toulouse
Phone: +33-6-07716915
URL: cnes.fr


Regions are one of the main user groups of satellite-based services and products. Therefore, Copernicus must adapt to regional governance and local organization of geospatial data, in order to integrate Copernicus data in the commonly used dataset while also taking into account the INSPIRE directive requirements (make geospatial information easily searchable, accessible and interoperable).

The proposed Regional Copernicus approach is to move up the value chain from downstream relying on LRAs and regional geomatics/open data community which are already well-structured through the 10-years partnership GéoBretagne.

The starting point for the design of new services will be end user needs. This way, it becomes possible to assess how Copernicus data can provide (in whole or in part) an operational solution. Thus, Regional Copernicus approach consists of:

  1. Making aware and inform end users in local administrations of Copernicus Program, Copernicus data, Copernicus products and of opportunities for their practices
  2. Drawing out, identifying and analysing needs and requirements. For LRAs: specify their needs in the light of the available data and methods. For SMEs: be fully informed of end user need and requirements (data format, spatial and temporal scale, etc.).
  3. Identifying numerical indexes and parameters providing relevant information for a specific user need and make them available for all potential users on the regional platform. Benefits for LRAs: to have access to these indexes on the GéoBretagne platform, which is already well known at temporal and spatial relevant scale. Benefits for SMEs: to obtain funding for feasibility studies.
  4. Supporting LRAs and SMEs to precise product specifications: the products are the transformation of the numerical indexes/parameters into qualitative values.
  5. Providing a support to end users for the design of applications combining earth observation products and common used datasets (statistical data, GIS data, etc.). This service can be developed directly by local authority or by a provider.

Outputs and results

  • Production of new Copernicus-based products and making them available on local, regional, national and European platforms, co-designed by all the actors of the added-value chain and consistent with INSPIRE requirements including interoperability
  • To help and support providers (SMEs) to define and develop products meeting specific requirement, and therefore meeting new markets for example by adapting newly developed products to other regions across Europe.
  • To federate EO and Copernicus user groups (from LRAs but also from private companies) at regional and national level
  • To share experiences and use cases in national and European networks (Theia, Nereus, FabSpace, etc.)
  • Conduction of 3 events with at least 20 participants each, support of 2 pilot projects and organisation of 2 technical workshops.

At European level, this approach is supported by Nereus, Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies.