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Copernicus Marine Hackathon Coding Event @EUMETSAT

By [email protected] - 9th June 2017 - 14:52

Under the motto “Explore an ocean of data without getting your feet wet” a three-day Dataviz Hackathon coding event launches at EUMETSAT’s headquarters tonight. Computer programmers, software developers, data experts and data miners together with marine scientists and engineers from EUMETSAT and Plymouth Marine Laboratory will use Copernicus marine data to develop a range of innovative applications.

FRIDAY, 09 JUNE 2017 - The operational marine data stream delivered by EUMETSAT, in the context of Copernicus, includes products from the Sentinel-3 and Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellites, EUMETSAT’s own Metop and Meteosat satellites, as well as from EUMETSAT’s partners in the USA, China, India and Japan.

All global products including sea surface temperatures, wave height, sea surface topography, ocean surface winds, sea ice and ocean colour are disseminated via the organisation’s EUMETCast real-time data broadcasting service and are also available online through the Copernicus Online Data Access (CODA) interface at

These data are available free of charge to all interested users are used for ocean monitoring and forecasting, weather forecasting (land and marine), management of marine ecosystems, monitoring of water quality and pollution, sea ice charting services and ship routing, and climate monitoring.

During the hackathon, participants will take on challenges to develop new and innovative ways of using Copernicus marine data, for example developing apps that use wave height data to aid seafarers, to visualise the data in new and creative ways, or to build interfaces that further facilitate the use of Sentinel-3 data.

The opportunity of creating applications from EUMETSAT’s integrated Copernicus marine data stream is not limited to the hackathon event. Interested users are welcome to contact the EUMETSAT user service [email protected] at any time for advice on how to access the Copernicus marine data stream.

Paul Counet, Head of Strategy, Communications and International Relations at EUMETSAT said: ”EUMETSAT delivers the Copernicus Jason-3 and Sentinel-3 marine missions on behalf of the European Union and will also operate Sentinel-4, -5 and -6 in the future. One objective is to ensure that Copernicus data can be combined with our own and are easily available to all users via our channels.”

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