Copernicus Emergency Management Service provides support for emergency disaster forecast and recovery

Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) has launched Risk and Recovery mapping activity to provide the world with on-demand geospatial information to forecast, prepare for natural disasters and rebuild after the event.


The pre and post periods of a natural disaster (floods, earthquakes, fires etc.) represent a critical moment to mitigate damage and implement management lessons based on past events. Geospatial information reveals disaster indicators that tell national authorities and response groups where, and how, to focus their emergency management efforts. European Union members and agencies across the globe that are authorised CEMS users can request Copernicus data accessing free data tailored to their region through Authorised Users. Therapid mapping service provides relevant information for natural and manmade disasters before and after an event.

Copernicus Emergency Management Service Risk and Recovery mapping activity three main products are:

–        reference maps, which are pre-event maps;

–        delineation maps which are used to delineate the impacted areas;

–        grading maps which show the extent of the damage incurred.

As a result, Risk and Recovery service outcome includes vector data sets, geo-referenced overview maps, and detailed technical report.

Copernicus Emergency Management Service is one of the six Copernicus services which focuses on natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, fires etc.) and their management.

More about the Copernicus Emergency Management Service Risk and Recovery mapping activity 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.