Advance for EU environment monitoring plan

European commission commits to operating first three satellite observation services by end-2008

The European commission has announced the first three "fast track" services to be offered from 2008 by the EU's global monitoring for the environment and security (GMES) programme. Objectives of an emergency management service include responding to major technological accidents. A land monitoring service will support EU urban environmental strategy. A marine service will help monitor European and global ocean conditions. Monitoring global climate change is one of the key general objectives of GMES, which was agreed in 2001 (EED 31/10/01). See press release.

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