The United States and the European Commission signed the “Copernicus Cooperation Arrangement” which will facilitate data sharing from the Copernicus constellation of Sentinel Earth Observation satellites among a broad spectrum of users on both sides of the Atlantic. The arrangement articulates a shared U.S.-EU vision to pursue full, free, and open data policies for government Earth observation satellites. Such policies foster greater scientific discovery and encourage innovation in applications and value added services for the benefit of society at large.
The collaboration will help the United States and the European Union realize the full value of Earth Observation satellites for civil, commercial, and scientific applications in the public and private sectors, including climate change research, weather forecasting, ocean and atmospheric monitoring, land use management, and the management and mitigation of natural disasters.
Source: US Department of State