KEPLER Conclusions

After 2½ years investigation into end user and stakeholder information requirements for the Polar Regions, the KEPLER project has now reached its conclusions on how Copernicus  should proceed during the period 2022-28. This includes an end-to-end operational system Roadmap based on a comprehensive review of the user requirements, current planning, and analysis of the existing research and capacity gaps.

Key findings from KEPLER are that existing, long-held, user requirements have not been appropriately addressed, and that there is scope for future improvement to intensify user uptake. These improvements could be delivered with new satellite Earth Observing capabilities, such as the Copernicus Expansion Missions, coming online in the later half of the decade. 

There is a requirement for greater inclusion and support for in situ monitoring efforts, including Citizen Science initiatives. This would provide a greater sense of  ‘ownership’  of Copernicus by European citizens. Greater focus must also be placed on utilising the many resources, both inside and outside of Copernicus, to provide stronger oversight and quality assurance of data products and information. By doing so, Copernicus will ensure that these products are relevant and fit-for-purpose, informing decisions both today and in the future. This  will promote the accelerated uptake of new research and technological developments coming out of Horizon Europe. Additionally, KEPLER identified  that terminologies within Copernicus differ from internationally accepted practise, which can cause confusion and impede users from effectively communicating their requirements.

The Roadmap addresses the above mentioned challenges, moving us towards a comprehensive European end-to-end operational system, by improving design aspects such as the set of required observations, and the potential inclusion of prior information to better constrain sparsely observed areas/variables. It suggests strategies to close gaps in our current forecasting capabilities, and ways to develop and sustain the observing system.

With the uptake of our recommendations, as described in full in our Roadmap report, KEPLER is confident that the Copernicus monitoring system for Earth will deliver the necessary information to tackle the issues facing European actors in the Polar Regions. This includes in-situ and satellite components, data handling capabilities, forecast and reanalysis modelling systems, and dissemination procedures. Copernicus support will meet the varied needs of climate change monitoring and prediction, waste/pollution management, and safe and efficient navigation in ice infested waters, and facilitate the shift towards a low carbon economy. The roadmap towards a European end-to-end operational system addresses the design aspects and recommends strategies to close gaps in our current capabilities, along with ways to evolve and sustain the observing system.

Keep an eye on our website and social media, where we will post a recap on KEPLER’s key reports and project highlights over the next few weeks. We also plan to disseminate results at events and conferences in upcoming months. For access to all project deliverables, reports, training sessions and more, click the button below to check out our resources page…

KEPLER Final Review

The  Final Review Meeting for KEPLER was held on Tuesday 13 July 09:00-13:00 BST

The KEPLER Management Board (KMB) presented project results to the European Commission and the external reviewer.

The KEPLER team were thrilled to receive  a positive assessment of the project output, and have finalised the actions based on project review results, and we have submitted a reply to the Commission.

We wish to thank all participants in the project, both project members and those that have input to workshops and questionnaires and all other activities – we’re grateful for your efforts, which have contributed to the deliverables and milestones, and a successful review.

In particular we wish to thank the WP leaders for pulling all the work together, in the deliverables, the dissemination outputs (see resources tab), and the draft periodic review report.

Special thanks go to the Reviewer, and our two project officers from the EC, and colleagues from DG Grow, who have all read through the reports and outputs, and given input and support.

We are now working on the final reporting requirements for the EC over the rest of the summer. We won’t be leaving things there though, we hope to continue to disseminate our results over the coming months at events and conferences.

We will also continue the legacy of KEPLER and collaborations and networks built, through the EU Polar Cluster.


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KEPLER Final General Assembly

The third and final KEPLER GA took place on 21st-22nd June 2021. Day 1 kicked off with a welcome and introduction from Nick Hughes, Project Co-ordinator. Day 1 also focused on work packages 1-5, with overview presentations on each subtask and plenty of time for questions and discussions. Participants were also invited to view some of the WP6 dissemination activities such as the KEPLER video and brochures.

Work Package leaders presented results from each work package team, highlighting key deliverables and events. Day 2 was an internal project meeting, to review feedback and collate actions for submission of final deliverables.  The KEPLER team would like to extend our thanks to all the speakers and attendees that made this final meeting a success.

The full report of the Final General Assembly (Deliverable Report 7.4) is available to view via the link below:

KEPLER Online Round Table

The KEPLER project is seeking feedback from those working with offshore and coastal engineering in Polar Regions.

The project has prepared a number of recommendations as to how the European Copernicus programme can evolve to better serve the needs of users in the Polar Regions, and the purpose of this questionnaire is to find out whether you think that these are appropriate for your use cases, or whether they require further work.

The KEPLER Online round table: Engineering & Researcher information requirements consists of a short pre recorded video by Nick Hughes- (Project Coordinator and Ice Services leader at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute) and ten questions.

Please provide your feedback here:

Participate in the KEPLER Online Round Table- Engineering & Researcher Information Requirements