Monitoring atmospheric composition & climate
Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service launched

Copernicus-logo-100.pngA ground-breaking agreement was signed in Brussels today between the European Commission and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). This agreement means that ECMWF will be managing the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service as well as the Copernicus Climate Change Service. The European Union’s flagship Copernicus programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications. It comprises six services: Land Monitoring, Marine Monitoring, Atmosphere Monitoring, Emergency Management, Security and Climate Change that provide reliable and consistent environmental information.

ECMWF is coordinator of MACC and today’s signature of the Delegation Agreement is an important step in bringing the MACC services to operational maturity with sustained funding. Pre-operational services will be continuously delivered by MACC-III until the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service takes over ensuring a seamless transition for the users. As outlined in the Delegation Agreement, ECMWF will in the coming months launch a series of competitive calls to select the set of operational providers of the various atmospheric services.

More information about the MACC services and methodologies can be found in the MACC-II Final Report, which has been released today as well.