GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment & Security) is a joint initiative of the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA), addressing growing concern among European policy-makers to have reliable access to information on the environment at global, regional and local level, with emphasis on global change, environmental stress, natural and man-made disasters, management of resources and the security of the citizen.
By putting geo-information services into the hands of users in government and business, GMES enables better management of environmental resources and crisis prevention.
Astrium is a major contributor to the European GMES initiative through its key expertise in systems architecture and satellites services. Astrium is responsible for designing and building many of the major satellites in Europe, including Pléiades, MetOp, Aeolus and TerraSAR-X, while the older-but-still-alive Spot, ERS and Envisat, also developed under the leadership of Astrium, are the basis of the Sentinel missions which are being implemented as the initial part of the GMES operational system. Astrium has conducted GMES architecture contracts on behalf of ESA, and is preparing leadership and key contributions at system and instrument level to the first three Sentinel missions.
Astrium also offers remote sensing data services and applications, through Infoterra, which specialises in the collection, interpretation, manipulation and distribution of geospatial data. Astrium GEO-Information services is leading two of the three GMES fast-track services: INSCRIT, an information service aiming to reinforce European capacity to respond to crises and emergencies associated with natural, technological and man-made disasters and humanitarian aid, and LMCS (Land Monitoring Core Service) for land-cover mapping at both European and local scale. Infoterra is also leading the BOSS4GMES study which is preparing for the transition to the operational stage and the long-term sustainability of the GMES services.
As the main industry player in GMES, Astrium is committed to delivering environmental intelligence to European citizens, for a safer life and sustainable development of Europe.
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