Greece: First agreement for access to Sentinel data signed

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Greece signed an arrangement that establishes access to Sentinel data. As UN-SPIDER reported, Sentinel-1A is already delivering images, providing different environmental information.

The Sentinel missions will provide information for various application areas – emergency response, disaster management and environmental monitoring. Greece and ESA now signed an Understanding for a Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation. The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) intends to create a “national mirror site” as a platform for information and processed image exchange.

“The objective of this activity is to provide data for priority national activities with a prospect to serve the needs of transnational cooperations between Greece and neighbouring southeastern Mediterranean and Balkan countries, as well as the Black Sea Region,” said Prof. Tsinganos, President of NOA.

ESA will support the initiative by providing the athorities with technical advice and making processing and archiving software available.