Copernicus is the new name of the European Commission’s Earth Observation Programme, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). This change of name marks a new phase in the programme. Together with Galileo, Copernicus can now be considered a fully-fledged flagship Space Programme of the European Union.
The DOLPHIN, NEREIDS and SIMTISYS projects organised a joint workshop: ‘Copernicus working towards safer seas’ at the European Maritime Day held in Malta on the 22nd of May 2013. The event, organised yearly by DG MARE, was attended by around 850 participants among the most important users and stakeholders of the maritime panorama. For further information visit the following link: 
The DOLPHIN project is cooperating with EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) and EFCA (European Fisheries Control Agency) in an operational campaign carried out for NAFO (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation). This campaign (15-28 April 2013) is testing the Fisheries Control Scenario n.2. 
The DOLPHIN, NEREIDS and SIMTISYS projects have released the ‘Copernicus Support to Maritime Surveillance’ website. The ‘mini website’ provides a common entry for the three FP7 projects involved in developing Copernicus Maritime Surveillance applications and describes the overall aim of the Copernicus services in this area. The website is accessible from the following link:
The DOLPHIN consortium has started its operational campaigns: two in the Helgoland Archipelago – Germany/Poland (5-9 April and 9-15 April 2013), one in Lampedusa – Italy (18-20 April 2013) and one in Bay of Biscay – France (9-11 May 2013). The campaigns in the Helgoland Archipelago tested Border Surveillance scenario n.4 (Illegal Traffic – High Dynamics/data fusion in the North sea and Baltic Area), the one in Lampedusa tested Border surveillance Scenario n.3 (Illegal Immigration in the area between Libya and Lampedusa) and the one in bay of Biscay tested Traffic Safety scenario n.
The DOLPHIN Consortium held its first Project Review meeting on the 13th of November 2012 in Brussels at the European Research Executive Agency (REA) premises. The aim of the meeting was to review the activities carried out by the consortium, possible deviations and mitigation measures.
The DOLPHIN Consortium held its second Milestone Review meeting on 15th December 2011, in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim of the meeting was to bring key project actors together, review progress, and undertake planning and steering activities. The meeting was hosted by EMSA.
DOLPHIN was featured in a special Space edition of Parliament Magazine, published on the 7th of November.
The first DOLPHIN User Advisory Board (UAB) meeting was held on the 14th December 2011. The aim of the meeting was to discuss operational scenarios for the Border Surveillance, Traffic Safety and Fisheries Control policy areas that will be tested and validated during the lifetime of the project.
On 30/11/2011, the European Commission adopted its Communication on the "European Earth monitoring programme (GMES) and its operations (from 2014 onwards) (COM(2011) 831).  Please see here for more information.
The DOLPHIN project formally started on the 1st of June 2011. The commencement of the project was marked by a meeting of the consortium partners and the Research Executive Agency's Project Officer in Rome, Italy.   

DOLPHIN: New capabilities for safer seas

DOLPHIN is an EU Copernicus research and development project which aims to improve space-based maritime surveillance techniques in order to support activities in the areas of Border Surveillance, Traffic Safety and Fisheries Control

The DOLPHIN project will identify and develop new capabilities which cannot be fulfilled by currently available technology and space-based assets, such as:

  • detecting very small and/or fast boats such as those used for drug smuggling;
  • reconstructing a ship’s route, to determine its point of origin, or points of transition;
  • monitoring a ship’s route, by means of forward tracking techniques;
  • reliably discriminating between small and large boats, in order to detect rendezvous;
  • detecting and classifying objects other than ships, such as icebergs.








DOLPHIN stands for "Development of Pre-operational Services for Highly Innovative Maritime Surveillance Capabilities".