Marine and Maritime


The oceans represent 90% of the Earth’s biosphere and contain 97% of the Earth’s water. They also represent a major source of such resources as food and energy. Furthermore, the oceans are essential to a range of economic activities. In fact, over 90% of world trade takes place via maritime routes.

Because of their ability to absorb and transport large quantities of heat, moisture and carbon around the planet, the oceansplay a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate. Over the last 50 years, the oceans have absorbed more than 90% of the excess heat received by our warming planet and nearly 30% of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions. As a result, we are now seeing ocean acidification, rising sea-levels, increasing surface and depth temperatures, melting sea ice (including a shrinking of the Arctic’s ice shelf) and de-oxygenation.

Observing and monitoring the oceans via the use of reliable positioning services is essential to better managing our oceans and to achieving a sustainable blue economy. This session aims to highlight how the Copernicus and Galileo programmes contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations. Specifically, the session will address such aspects as safety at sea, search and rescue, optimised maritime transport, sustainable fisheries, renewable energies, security and responding to pollution.


Marine and Maritime Parallel Session Agenda

09:00 – 09:10

Introduction and WelcomeFabienne Jacq, Policy Officer, European Commission , Chairman

09:10 – 09:30

Keynote speech by Helena Ramon Jarraud, Head of Unit, EMSA
Using space data to address EU maritime challenges

09:30 – 09:45

Keynote speech by Pierre Bahurel,  Director General of the Global Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Centre Mercator Ocean International
Healthy Ocean, Sustainable Planet

09:45 – 10:00

Actions of the European Union, Elisabeth Hamdouch, Deputy Head of Unit, Copernicus, DG GROW.I2, European Commission
Marine environmental and maritime challenges: the EU space programmes

10:00 – 10:15 Using and preserving our marine environment
Space as a tool supporting the energy package by Adam Candy, Research Scientist in Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics, DTU and BlueRise

10:15 – 10:30

Using and preserving our marine environment
Earth Observation data: a tool to tackle coastal management challenges and enhance companies competitiveness, Manon Pedroni, Pôle Mer

10:30 – 10:45

The case of maritime safety
The status of implementation of the EGNOS-based solution for the French maritime DGPS network by Etienne Leroy, Marine corrosion/Soil corrosion and cathodic protection test technician, CEREMA

10:45 – 11:00

The case of maritime safety
Accelerated Alert detection & precise Target positioning: A new generations of Emergency Distress beacons offering Enhanced Life Saving Capabilities by Alain Bouhet, Aviation Engineering Expert, OROLIA

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 11:45

Opportunities for safety at sea
SARA project, a Search and Rescue solution exploiting EGNSS and EO technologies by Marco Nisi, Head of integrated GNSS solutions, Grupposistematica

11:45 – 12:00

Environmental challenges for our planet
KEPLER - How to better address the Arctic case, Thomas Lavergne, Norwegian Met Institute

12:00 – 12:25

Discussion / round table
Lessons learnt and next steps for space programmes and new services

12:25 - 12:30


Fabienne Jacq, Policy Officer, European Commission