Australia and EU sign agreement on earth observation

Australia and EU sign agreement on earth observation

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Australian government and European Commission signed a cooperation agreement in Brussels today. The agreement provides access to Copernicus, the European Union's Earth Observation and Monitoring programme, which captures imagery of our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all citizens.

Australia's Assistant Minister for Science Karen Andrews applauded the arrangement which provides Australia with access to the most comprehensive Earth observation programme in world history.

"Australia's economy already benefits from satellite data to the tune of $4.3 billion annually. This agreement secures a reliable long-term supply of high-quality data in an area expected to grow substantially over the next ten years," said Ms Andrews.

"The satellites will offer unprecedented capture of the Australian landscape with detailed, around-the-clock imagery to support the management of iconic environmental sites like the Great Barrier Reef, and monitor changes to our lakes and river systems.The data will also stimulate the development of new applications and services relevant to Australia's agriculture, fisheries, transport, mining and energy sectors, and help build regional and world economies," said Assistant Minister Andrews.

Source: Geoscience Australia