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Start Up with Copernicus: Innovative Earth Observation Solutions Wanted

If you are interested in Copernicus and Entrepreneurship, join us on the 1st of September to learn more about the Copernicus programme, current applications of the data & information, and the Copernicus Accelerator. Register here.

Applications to the Copernicus Accelerator 2021 are now open

Do you have an early-stage business idea that could benefit from an enriching environment and a fresh perspective? This is your moment! The Copernicus Accelerator 2021 is growing its community of Earth observation innovators. 

Now is your opportunity to join 50 of Europe’s most ambitious entrepreneurs and start-ups with this 12-month acceleration programme. Take advantage of one-on-one mentorship with an industry expert, engage in two stimulating bootcamps where you’ll learn to pitch and strengthen your network, and attend valuable virtual trainings throughout the year. The Copernicus Accelerator 2021 creates the optimal space for you to activate your idea. Applications are open from 1 June to 20 September 2020. 

Excited? Us too. Here’s what this year’s programme has in store: Once your application is reviewed and accepted, you’ll dive right into the dynamic, fast-paced Copernicus start-up ecosystem by attending the opening two-day bootcamp. Interact with peers, meet your mentor, and engage with a pool of leading business and technical experts. Throughout the 12-month programme, you’ll receive personalised coaching and guidance to ensure your goals stay in focus, and your approach is fuelled by consistent energy and support. To cap off the programme, you’ll attend the closing bootcamp that provides an ideal setting for you to showcase your accomplishments and expand your professional network. Connect with potential clients and investors and tap into a whole new world of business opportunities. Selected participants will gain additional exposure at an invitation-only investor roadshow.

There has never been a more relevant time for mission-driven, Earth observation ideas to realise their full potential. Just as the Copernicus programme and access to new data continue to expand, so too does the application of such data and the insights it generates. The process to take part in the Copernicus Accelerator couldn’t be easier, just register on the website, submit a pitch deck and look out for a notice in October. To be eligible, applicants must meet both of the following conditions: 

  • Reside or have a company registered in a Copernicus participating country.
  • Currently use or have the intention to use Copernicus data*.

*Full terms and conditions can be found here

If you are ready to accelerate your business idea, discover an expansive network and help mould the future of your industry, apply now.

Calling all highly driven business and technical experts

Hundreds of trailblazing entrepreneurs and start-ups have found success through the Copernicus Accelerator. Against this backdrop, Europe’s business and technical specialists are encouraged to share their knowledge and ignite the next generation of innovators. If you would like to become a mentor, apply today. Interested experts should keep in mind that attendance at both bootcamps at either end of the programme, as well as the monthly online or in-person coaching sessions, is compulsory. Mentors are invited to apply here from 1 June to 20 September 2020. 

The Copernicus Accelerator is part of the Copernicus Start-up Programme, a European Commission initiative that takes the Earth observation ideas of passionate entrepreneurs to the next level. 

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Earthquake sensors pick up the ‘global quiet’ caused by COVID-19

268 seismometers (red) in 117 countries detected a drop on seismic noise

As countries across the world halted economic activity to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, the relative quietness was noticed by the sensors listening for earthquake signals as well.

Seismometers typically register the high-frequency vibrations caused by several types of human activities, such as road traffic, football games, parades, industrial blasts, et al. Unsurprisingly, this human-generated seismic noise is more prominent in urban environments – the same areas where distinguishing natural hazards from other seismic signals holds incredible importance to ensure the success of early warning systems.

Now, for the first time in recorded history, scientists have been able to study the global scope of human-induced rumblings for months at end. Between March and May 2020, high-frequency seismic noise dropped by as much as 50 percent, giving researchers a unique opportunity to detect subtle signals from subsurface seismic sources that would have been concealed in noisier times.

The research, led by the Royal Observatory of Belgium and five other institutions around the world, saw participation from 76 scientists who combed through data from 268 monitoring stations in 117 countries.

In the below video, you will see the ‘wave’ of noise dampening as the world locks down in the first clip. The second clip shows the UK’s seismic noise reduction after the lockdown was announced:

According to the research’s lead author, Dr Thomas Lecocq, “With increasing urbanization and growing global populations, more people will be living in geologically hazardous areas. It will, therefore, become more important than ever to differentiate between natural and human-caused noise so that we can ‘listen in’ and better monitor the ground movements beneath our feet. This study could help to kick-start this new field of study.”

Co-author Dr Stephen Hicks from Imperial College London adds, “This quiet period is the longest and largest dampening of human-caused seismic noise since we started monitoring the Earth in detail using vast monitoring networks of seismometers. Our study uniquely highlights just how much human activities impact the solid Earth, and could let us see more clearly than ever what differentiates human and natural noise.”

The complete report has been published in Science.

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