Formal partnerships

NEREUS has a network of partners sharing common objectives through the following formal agreements:




ECMWF is the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. They are both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing global numerical weather predictions and other data for our Member and Co-operating States and the broader community. The Centre has one of the largest supercomputer facilities and meteorological data archives in the world. Other strategic activities include delivering advanced training and assisting the WMO in implementing its programmes. They are a key player in Copernicus, the Earth Observation component of the European Union’s Space programme, offering quality-assured information on climate change (Copernicus Climate Change Service), atmospheric composition (Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service), flooding and fire danger (Copernicus Emergency Management Service), and through the EU’s Destination Earth initiative, they are developing prototype digital twins of the Earth.


The MoU between ECMWF and NEREUS will contribute to: expanding uptake of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S); promoting a better awareness and understanding of the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation and monitoring programme, namely the CAMS) and C3S; stimulating new applications in the domain of CAMS and C3S; promoting further the exploitation of CAMS and C3S complementing the use of satellite data to better serve regional needs; and raising awareness and promoting further exploitation of the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) for Earth System modelling and DestinE at the subnational (NUTS2) level.



Mercator Ocean


Mercator Ocean International is the entrusted entity by the European Commission to implement and operate the Copernicus Marine environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). Mercator Ocean was the first entrusted entity to conclude a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with a user-organisation such as NEREUS. The entity analyses and forecasts Ocean conditions at the surface or at depth, on a global scale or for a specific zone, in real-time or delayed mode. The numerical models and systems developed by Mercator Ocean are able to describe the physical state of the ocean at any given time for the following parameters: temperature, salinity, sea surface height, ice thickness, currents and biochemistry tracers.


The MoC between Mercator Ocean and NEREUS will contribute to Regional Blue Economy and to CMEMS User and Market Uptake. The MoC focuses on partnerships with Regions having maritime coastlines to sensitise them for a better use of EO/Copernicus for marine/maritime purposes and provide them with available opportunities and solutions about their needs. NEREUS supports Mercator Ocean in bringing experts on specific subjects during the evaluation of the Invitation to Tender issued under CMEMS. Mercator Ocean provides CMEMS experts and expertise to the NEREUS member at the occasion of ad hoc events. As a first joint initiative following the conclusion of the MoC, NEREUS and Mercator Ocean, together with the Azores Regional Government, organised an international conference on “Copernicus Marine for Outermost and Maritime Regions” on 6-7 June 2019 on the island of Fayal (Azores, Portugal) (link).




EUROGI is a pan-European, independent, non-governmental organisation operating in the field of Geographic Information (GI) which includes users and producers from the public, private, academic and community sectors. EUROGI and NEREUS share a common interest in addressing issues relating to the development of technology, standards and applications for a range of geospatial data handling purposes, notably in acquisition, management, visualisation, analysis and dissemination as well as in strengthening, networking and further promoting the European GI community. EUROGI experts have supported activities of NEREUS and contributed use-cases to the regional Copernicus-use collections.






EUROAVIA is the European Association of Aerospace Students, representing the interests of over 2000 students from 42 universities in 18 European countries. EUROAVIA wants to be a bridge between companies, universities and students. Education/training is a key topic for regional strategies for the development of the future workforce. Part of the NEREUS activities is to promote space as an interesting educational field and career domain. For example, the Network leads the communication and dissemination activities for EO4GEO- an EU funded initiative which aims at bridging the skills gap between the supply of and demand for education and training in the EO/GI sector (link). In the EO4GEO workshop organised by NEREUS on 24 October 2019 at the Committee of Regions, EUROAVIA was one of the key speakers from the university community (link).


AER- Assembly of European Regions


AER is the largest independent network for interregional co-operation and a lobbyist for regional interests on the European stage. With member regions from 30 countries, AER is the voice of regional authorities since 1985 and has played a pivotal role in recognising regions as key players in the European construction. AER and NEREUS share a common goal to promote the regional interests and cooperate through the organisation of workshops.


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