Satellite Applications Catapult Announces Finalists of Copernicus Masters Data Visualisation Challenge

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The Copernicus Masters is an international competition that awards prizes to innovative solutions, developments and ideas for industry and society based on Earth Observation (EO) data. Every year the Copernicus Partners create a series of Challenges across business and public services and looks for new solutions using EO data from the Copernicus programme.

The Satellite Applications Catapult, in partnership with the UK Space Agency and The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), launched their Data Visualisation Challenge, worldwide on the 1 April, looking for new solutions that applied data visualisation tools to Copernicus, and other EO data.

The Challenge favoured compelling solutions that show consideration for the user experience throughout the design process, transforming geospatial data into actionable information by applying technologies such as AR, VR, 3D modelling, gaming software or any other data visualisation tool to enhance and improve customer interaction with data.

The Catapult received very high-quality submissions, which is testament to the great work going on in the industry at the moment, and this meant that competition to be one of the three finalists was fierce.

The three finalists selected are:

TRACE: Tool for Recording and Assessing the City Environment

This project aims to convert satellite observations of air pollutants and vegetation dynamics into products that businesses, city planners, stakeholders and other end users can use effectively to monitor air quality and green spaces in cities.


WindAI is a wind analysis and prediction tool to aid offshore wind farms in reducing maintenance costs without reducing output performance. Machine learning is used to ensure that the optimised adjustments do not affect the performance output of the turbine.


Using data visualisation to measure major pollution, this idea builds a platform where individuals can overlay various data on pollution to create a detailed map of power plant locations, and what we know about pollution time.

Emily Gravestock, Head of Satellite Applications, UK Space Agency said:

The UK is a founding member of the European Space Agency and lead funder of its Earth Observation and Business Applications programmes. We’re also a major contributor to the EU led Copernicus Programme.

“Copernicus offers an unprecedented volume of new data on the planet that we call home. It is fantastic that this competition encourages science and businesses to find new novel ways to make use that data. The three finalists of the Copernicus Masters competition will do just that by using new satellite data to better inform us of pollution and wind management, and I wish them the best of luck in the finals.”

The winner will be announced on 4 December in Marseilles during the European Space Week. They will receive a business development support package, pitch training with an investment company, a substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 5,000 and access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme.

For more information on the Copernicus Masters, please click here.