Core to KEPLER are the Polar Regions stakeholders in the Copernicus programme. All activities in KEPLER are driven by the requirements of these stakeholders, and the work packages can be envisioned as a series of orbits around these:
KEPLER will survey stakeholders to assess their requirements against the current status of Copernicus, and make recommendations as to future improvements and implementation. The stakeholders include the end-users in the form of European citizens living and working in, or having interests in, the Polar Regions, and intermediate users adding value to Copernicus products, but also the Copernicus services and providers , and the European Commission itself. These cover a range of users that can be classified as European institutions, national agencies, research, and industry groups for example shipping, fisheries, energy production, and tourism.