The Copernicus mission will help anyone track global ground movements across the planet

The Copernicus mission will help anyone track global ground movements across the planet

Thanks to the European Environmental Programme Copernicus and the Sentinel-1 radar mission, Europe ' s first sediment and motion analysis service became available to the public.

The new European Land Traffic Service, implemented by the European Environment Agency, provides free and accessible data on land traffic to all who wish to use it.

Based on the radar data of the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite, the service provides information on the movement of land, installations and infrastructure in the mission ' s participating States, with the aim of providing users with reliable information on local, regional or national traffic.

The radar images provided by the improved Sentinel-1 synthetic aperture radar are the best way to track the soil and structural damage.

Any movement under our feet — from a barely visible sedation to a sudden failure or collapse — is a sign of great hardship. Even a relatively small squabbling can weaken buildings and infrastructure and lead to problems such as floods, and, at worst, the rapid disappearance of land poses a direct threat to life. Monitoring and forecasting of our moving land is certainly necessary for adopting mitigation strategies.