The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) provides operational support in emergency situations

Since 2012 the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (Copernicus EMS) provides timely data and accurate geo-spatial information of all actors involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made emergency situations, and humanitarian crises.


During these last 7 years Copernicus EMS have been constantly developing new services. Recent Copernicus EMS user workshop in Italy introduced the new features of “Copernicus EMS 3.0”.

The Copernicus EMS is currently composed of two main pillars:

Mapping component that has a worldwide coverage and provides maps based on satellite imagery.

The products generated by the service can be used as digital or printed map outputs. They may also be combined with other data sources to support geospatial analysis and decision-making processes of emergency managers.

Copernicus EMS – Mapping can support all phases of the emergency management cycle: preparedness, prevention, disaster risk reduction, emergency response and recovery.


Early warning component of the Copernicus EMS consists of three different systems:

The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS), which provides overviews on ongoing and forecasted floods in Europe up to 10 days in advance;

The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), which provides near real-time and historical information on forest fires and forest fire regimes in the European, Middle Eastern and North African regions;

The European Drought Observatory (EDO), which provides drought-relevant information and early-warnings for Europe.

Find more about Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) 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.