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Pan European High Resolution Snow & Ice Monitoring of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is planning to award the public contract resulting from the above procurement procedure. The procurement documents consist of the contract notice, this invitation letter, the draft contract and tender specifications with their respective annexes. All documents are available at the following TED e-Tendering website:

Economic operators interested in this contract are invited to submit a tender in one of the official languages of the European Union, preferably in English (supporting evidence does not need to be translated).


Introduction to the EEA and Copernicus

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is a European Union public body governed by Regulation (EC) No 401/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009. The EEA role is to support the European Union in the development and implementation of environmental policy by providing relevant, reliable, targeted and timely information on the state of the environment and future prospects.

The EEA also provides the necessary independent scientific knowledge and technical support to enable the Union and the member countries to take appropriate measures to protect and improve the environment as laid down in the Treaty and by successive Community action programmes on the environment and sustainable development. Currently, the EEA has 33 member countries and 6 cooperating countries in the Western Balkans, jointly referred to as the EEA39. The EEA is the hub of the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet), a partnership network consisting of the EEA itself, seven European Topic Centres (ETCs) and a network of around 1000 experts from 39 countries in over 350 national environment agencies and other bodies dealing with environmental information. The EEA and Eionet contribute to the European Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), a distributed, integrated, webenabled information system based on a network of public information providers sharing environmental data and information. It builds on existing e-infrastructure, systems and services in the Member States and EU institutions. Copernicus is the European Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation.

The EEA has been delegated the implementation of the pan-European and local components of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS). The objective of CLMS is to provide users in the field of environment and other terrestrial applications with information based on space data combined with other sources. It addresses a wide range of policies such as environment, agriculture, regional development, transport and energy at EU level, and European commitments to International Conventions. EEA is responsible for the cross-cutting coordination of the Copernicus In Situ Component and in cooperation with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) the implementation of the CLMS. Use of the Copernicus services is an integrated part of EEA’s strategy to improve environmental information. Copernicus also plays an important role in the implementation of the principles of SEIS, and has the potential to make effective use of existing infrastructures in accordance with the INSPIRE Directive. In the global context, Copernicus is an integral part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). In 2016 the Copernicus User Forum and the Copernicus Committee unanimously approved the addition of the Snow & Ice Component to the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service’s product portfolio. The Snow & Ice Component will be implemented under the responsibility of the EEA.


Subject of the contract

This call for tenders aims at the establishment of a framework service contract with an economic operator covering the production of basic products as part of the implementation of the Pan European High resolution Snow & Ice (S&I) Monitoring of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service. The future Contractor shall prepare, implement, operate, deliver, promote, and improve the Pan European S&I Component on behalf of the EEA and in accordance with predefined end user requirements. The S&I Component shall deliver, as an operational service, high resolution S&I information to end users. The products of the S&I Component shall cover and be valid for EEA39 and be based, as a minimum, on relevant Copernicus Sentinel satellite data. The products shall be available to the end user in near real time (NRT), historic archive and as temporal aggregates, e.g. daily, weekly, monthly, yearly products, wherever meaningful. This call for tenders foresees the implementation and operational production of S&I monitoring products considered mature enough to be implemented at Pan European scale.

The production and the processing system shall be implemented in such a way that it will allow for the evolution of the Copernicus High resolution S&I monitoring to be prepared and implemented in the future, through for instance a new call for tenders. The following tasks and products shall be implemented:

  1. NRT production of Fractional Snow Cover (FSC) at 20 m x 20 m based on Sentinel 2A/B;
  2. Permanent Snow Line;
  3. NRT production of River and Lake Ice Extent (RLI) at 20 m x 20 m based on Sentinel 2A/B a. Spatio-temporal aggregated products
  4. Data Access
    1. Interactive web map service for the selection, visualisation and download of S&I products;
    2. REST API m2m access to S&I products
  5. Archive reprocessing of Sentinel 2A/B starting with January 2017;
  6. Harmonisation with CLMS global component;
  7. User uptake (helpdesk, organise user meetings/forum).


For detailed information you can visit the official website of the tender.