In the 20 years since the EC and the European space industry made a long-term commitment to the development of a space-based environmental monitoring system, Copernicus has grown into the preeminent source of environmental information in the world. As such, it integrates a plethora of data collected from satellite, ground-based, airborne and seaborne sources. Making the discovery, access and processing of these resources possible through the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is the key motivation of C-SCALE. This will catalyse further innovative Earth Observation-based research and development activities.

However, for new users, both Copernicus and EOSC tend to raise issues that can be summarised as “too much of a good thing”. Copernicus itself already supports numerous services that are free and openly accessible to users, and EOSC adds several federations of service providers and research initiatives and solution providers into the shared innovation space. C-SCALE demonstrate the power of these combined resources and makes it more approachable. The project’s Big Copernicus Data Analytics services streamline the integration of models, projects and programmes. Concrete production-ready pilot applications will be used to drive and validate the technical work. These applications will serve both as demonstrators of the EOSC-Copernicus opportunities and as models that can be adapted for other uses. The project will also support open innovation through its call for additional pilot applications and initiatives.