You don’t seem to be able to keep the Copernicus people down at the moment. Here’s another one of their viewers this time for wildfires across the world which they have named the Global Wildfire Information Service with the remarkably forgettable acronym of GWIS. I think Copernicus are out to takeover the world with what they get up to regarding emergency management services. Just to remind you this is how Copernicus describes itself on it’s own website.

Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, looking at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all European citizens. It offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data.

The Programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission. It is implemented in partnership with the Member States, the European Space Agency [ESA], the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites [EUMETSAT], the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts [ECMWF], EU Agencies and Mercator Océan.

Vast amounts of global data from satellites and from ground-based, airborne and seaborne measurement systems are being used to provide information to help service providers, public authorities and other international organisations improve the quality of life for the citizens of Europe. The information services provided are freely and openly accessible to its users.


Copernicus seem to be the overarching organisation that other Emergency Management Services [EMS] sit under. One of these services is the European Forest Fire Information System [EFFIS] which is in charge of the protection of forests against fires and provides the European Commission and Parliament with updated and reliable information about wildland fires across Europe. EFFIS last year updated their GWIS viewer using the same Bing Map kind of viewer to the one they use for GloWAS. At this moment it might not be useful across the UK, but moorland and heath can dry out remarkably quickly and a tool like this could be very useful in pointing out the hot spots across the country, I wonder how much longer it will be before we are locked out and charged for using it now that we have left the EU. I bet it galls (pardon the pun) the French and the German that these EU organisations seem to use acronyms that all seem to be in English.

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