Copernicus Land Monitoring Challenge

The European Commission is looking for innovative solutions that use Copernicus to create added value for industry and society. Participants can utilise Copernicus data for global, pan-European or local applications. Solutions should deliver concrete value for users and be technically and commercially feasible, ideally demonstrated through a prototype. Participants should have a clear plan for the short and long-term financing of their solution.

Possible areas of interest include:

  • Forest management: Understanding the changes in forest cover, environmental factors and distribution of required resources for forest management.
  • Water management: Monitoring and managing soil moisture, water availability, or water cycles
  • Agriculture: Assisting land users to sustainably manage agricultural production
  • Food security: Providing information to assist with food aid and food security decisions
  • Spatial planning: Assisting local and regional authorities by providing information on urban growth, urban green areas, wildlife conservation or land use.

The Challenge is open to all profiles: entrepreneurs, start-ups, students, SMEs, research centres, university departments, and public organisations at the European, national, and local level.


How to Participate



Submissions to the Copernicus Land Monitoring Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Copernicus Connection: Does the solution use Copernicus data to add value for end-users?
  • Project Potential: Is the project technically feasible and innovative?
  • Project Sustainability: Does the solution have real market potential?
  • Team: Does the team have the required technical and business expertise to successfully implement the project and bring it to market?


The European Commission is an institution of the European Union. It proposes and implements the policies, laws, and treaties of the European Union. In particular, the European Commission manages several Space Programmes, including Galileo, the constellation of GNSS satellites, and Copernicus, which provides full free and open access to Earth observation data and services for environment and security. Copernicus has a variety of applications, including maritime rescue, disaster management and sustainable agriculture.



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