Many thanks for attending the Copernicus for Water Management workshop!

The presentations for this workshop are available in the MATERIAL section (in the top menu). You can also find photos of the event here, whereas the report of the workshop is accessible here.


The Copernicus for Water Management workshop intends to explore the relevance of the Copernicus Space Component and the Copernicus Services (and their planned evolutions) to a number of Water Management issues, with reference to the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. In particular, the workshop will:


  • Explore the user needs related to the domain of Water Management at international, EU, and National/Local level
  • Summarise the current (and planned for the near future) Copernicus offer
  • Discuss potential Copernicus evolutions (Space Component + Services) to address the identified gaps


The event is open and free to registered participants.

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Date:               Tu 29/05/2018

Language:      English

Cost:               free of charge


Venue:            Auditorium Breydel, DG GROW

Address:        Avenue d'Auderghem 45, 1000 Brussels





09:00 - 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 - 09:45
Welcome and introduction


09:30 Welcome and introduction - Catharina Bamps, DG GROW, European Commission

09:40 Agenda and objectives of the workshop - Copernicus Support Office

09:45 - 10:45
Session I: setting the scene (Europe and internationally)


09:45 The Water Framework Directive - Joaquim Capitão, DG ENV, European Commission

10:00 Copernicus for coastal water management in MSFD: potential uses and future challenges - Dr Jun She, Danish Meteorological Institute

10:15 Guidance on the impact of and adaptation to climate change in water issues - Elena Višnar Malinovská, DG CLIMA, European Commission

10:30 Water resources challenges and operational remote sensing applications - Dr Aleix Serrat-Capdevila, The World Bank

10:45 - 11:05
Coffee break
11:05 - 13:00
Session II: water challenges and user needs


11:05 Integrated Water Management (IWM) and coastal waters - Prof. Andrea Taramelli and Dr Stefano Mariani, Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)

11:20 Water scarcity and droughts: a European perspective - Concepción García Gómez, Water Directorate of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment

11:35 Water scarcity and droughts: a Global perspective - Dr Michelle van Vliet, Wageningem University & Research (WUR)

11:50 The needs of the drinking water sector, the Acciona Agua perspective - Jorge J. Malfeito-Sánchez, R&D Director at Acciona Agua (Spain)

12:05 The EEA perspective on water-related user needs - Dr Stéphane Isoard, EEA

12:20 Water use and wastewater management - Dr Adriano Battilani, Irrigants d'Europe, EIP Water AG WIRE, CopaCogeca, ANBI, CER

12:35 Food Energy Water nexus - Dr Livia Peiser, FAO Land and Water Division

12:50 Open discussion on user needs

13:00 - 14:00
Networking lunch
14:00 - 15:40
Session III: how the Copernicus Services meet the water challenges


14:00 The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) - Dr Jean-Noel Thepaut and Dr Carlo Buontempo, ECMWF

14:15 The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) - Dr Peter Salamon, DG JRC, European Commission

14:30 The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) - Dr Tobias Langanke, EEA

14:45 The CLMS Global Component offer for water - Joël Dorandeu, CLS 

15:00 The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) - Edmée Durand, Mercator Ocean

15:15 Open discussion on the Copernicus offer and the gaps identified

15:40 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:20
Session IV: the Copernicus Programme and its evolution


16:00 Water management and the evolution of the Copernicus Space Component: challenges and capabilities - Pierluigi Silvestrin and Dr Mark Drinkwater, ESA/ESTEC

16:20 Overview of EUMETSAT’s satellite products in support of water management - Dr Jochen Grandell, EUMETSAT 

16.35 Copernicus service evolution towards Global Scale Mapping of surface Water Dynamics at high resolution - Dr Mark Dowell, DG JRC, European Commission

16:50 Open discussion on the evolution of the Copernicus Programme and its relevance to Water Management issues, with a view to filling the gaps identified earlier on.

17:20 - 17:30
Concluding remarks - Catharina Bamps, DG GROW, European Commission


Workshop venue

The workshop venue is walking distance (5 minutes) from Schuman metro station. There is a train connection between Schuman and BRU Airport and the journey takes about 35 minutes.To check timetables and book tickets please click here.

The website of STIB-MIVB provides real-time information and updates about public transport and has a supporting smartphone app.




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