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Key Environmental monitoring for Polar Latitudes and European Readiness

Key Environmental monitoring for Polar Latitudes and European Readiness

Objective

KEPLER is a multi-partner initiative, built around the operational European Ice Services and Copernicus information providers, to prepare a roadmap for Copernicus to deliver an improved European capacity for monitoring and forecasting the Polar Regions.

Our motivation is to put the public and stakeholders at the centre of Copernicus. This follows the recommendations of the ‘Copernicus User Uptake’ review, and its 4 themes of:

1) Raising awareness for the Copernicus programme,
2) Informing and educating Copernicus users,
3) Engaging Copernicus users in public and private sector, and
4) Enabling access to Copernicus data and information.

These well tailored themes form the core components of KEPLER. However, as the Polar Regions are changing, so too are the challenges and opportunities. Because of these shifts we have included two additional themes that encompass the evolving needs. These are needed to provide opportunities for better understanding the environment, research opportunities, establishing new industry sectors and startups, and importantly empowering citizens:

5) Identification of research gaps regarding integration/assimilation, and
6) Improved sea-ice mapping and forecasting.

Through these 6 themes KEPLER aims to release the full potential of Polar Regions Earth Observation, including from ESA and EUMETSAT, by identifying and eliminating the barriers that impede the use of the tremendous resource that is Copernicus. This combines 2 key elements of the call:

a) bringing together key European stakeholders and competent entities, and
b) growing the Copernicus brand and user-base through providing enhanced scientific and technical support.

Our objective with KEPLER is to provide a mechanism that enables the broad range of Polar Regions stakeholders to be equipped with the most accurate and relevant, environmental information so that they can seize the many benefits that Copernicus products generate for society and economy.
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Coordinator

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT

Address

Henrik Mohns Plass 1
0313 Oslo

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 711 937,50

Participants (14)

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O.A.SYS - OCEAN ATMOSPHERE SYSTEMS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 170 375

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 35 347,50

MERCATOR OCEAN

France

EU Contribution

€ 256 593,75

KAMINSKI THOMAS HERBERT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 203 300

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 406 625

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MEDIUM-RANGE WEATHER FORECASTS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 190 156,25

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 180 735

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 242 400

LUMIMUUTOS OSUUSKUNTA

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 57 000

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 71 977,71

ILMATIETEEN LAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 46 250

SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 42 000

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 118 708,75

NORUT NORTHERN RESEARCH INSTITUTE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 165 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821984

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 March 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 899 156,46

  • EU contribution

    € 2 899 156,46

Coordinated by:

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT

Norway