Speakers Bio & Abstract

Alessandra Tassa ESA

Alessandra holds a PhD as remote sensing engineer from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Since 2011, she works in the Copernicus Office of the European Space Agency, mainly focusing on Sentinels data applications and user uptake. She has almost 15 years experience in satellite Earth Observation data exploitation and in ground segment development. Previously, she has been doing research on quantitative estimation of precipitation using microwave sensors at the Italian National Council for Research.Abstract
Benefits expected from Copernicus Sentinels data
The EU Copernicus Programme is raising important expectations as a boost for innovation and economic growth. Indeed the long-term guaranteed, operational, open and free access to Sentinels data is changing the EO paradigm in Europe, as it is already being shown by the extraordinary access response observed at ESA data pick-up point.

The data supply revolution, associated to evolving digital capabilities at the users side, is expected to generate an increased demand for geo-information and important opportunities for a growing EO market. However, technological barriers, political and societal challenges must be faced to fully realize this potential. ESA, in coordination with the European Commission, undertakes a series of initiatives intended on one side to facilitate the use of the high-volume Sentinel data products and on the other side to adapt its approach towards the evolving user communities, trying to learn more – and show more - about the corresponding economic benefits.

The presentation will review some of the identified challenges as well as ESA’s activities to showcase the socio-economic benefits that Copernicus Sentinel data are expected to generate for European countries.