Copernicus to observe the oceans with Sentinel-3

Bern, 12.02.2016 - On 16th February 2016, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the third satellite in a series of missions which, combined, will form the space component of Copernicus, Europe’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security system.

Sentinel-3A will collect data for the large-scale observation of land and sea areas, for instance to ascertain surface temperatures, currents and pollution levels. Switzerland’s participation in ESA’s programme to develop Sentinel satellites allows Switzerland to secure procurement contracts and gain access to scientific data. In addition, because Switzerland is a member of ESA, it is able to work with international partners and share in decision-making at the intergovernmental level. Swiss companies were actively involved in the development of Sentinel-3A.

Address for enquiries

Jürg Schopfer
Scientific Advisor Earth Observation and Security Programmes
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
Space Office
Tel. +41 58 464 10 72


State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation