Copernicus and Frontex offer various services to monitor Europe’s external borders

Frontex is one of the institutions entrusted by the European Commission with the implementation of the Copernicus programme. Frontex is responsible for the European Union (EU) border monitoring and surveillance, which is a crucial component for the internal security and protection of EU citizens.


By using Copernicus Earth Observation data Frontex supports EU member countries with external border surveillance and monitoring – in the detection of irregular migration, in fighting cross-border crime and in countering terrorism.


Currently, as a part of the Copernicus programme, Frontex delivers 11 products: Coastal Monitoring, Pre-frontier Monitoring, Reference Imagery/Mapping, Maritime Surveillance of an Area of Interest (Satellite Imagery), Vessel Detection Service, Vessel Tracking and Reporting Service, Vessel Anomaly Detection Service, Environmental Assessment, Large Area Pre-frontier Monitoring, ProDetect Service and MUSO Migration Analytical Assessment.

Find more about Frontex and its provided services here.

Copernicus is the World’s largest and most ambitious Earth observation programme. It provides accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security. Since 2017, the Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is a member and Latvia’s representative of Copernicus Relay and Academy networks. IES explains possibilities offered by the Copernicus program for national, business and public needs, organise training and information activities. Since 2015 IES in cooperation with European Space Agency is using Copernicus satellite data for assessment of different environmental and natural resources.

Find more about IES work in Copernicus network here.

Find more about IES cooperation with European Space Agency here.