Copernicus #Oceanhack PRE-EVENT

When 1 November 2019

Where Palo Alto Club, Tallinn

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Challenges
  • To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Garage48's take on space data, we invite you to join us for the official Copernicus #Oceanhack pre-event. This is your chance to validate your idea and get the teams together for the actual hackathon. Do not miss the chance to work in the Garage48 proven prototyping format with the support of international mentors.

    This is not your typical and boring “only talk, no action” pre-event.

    Our aim for this pre-event is to:

    • Validate your ideas for the Copernicus #Oceanhack

    • Mix and mingle with other participants and form teams for the Copernicus #Oceanhack

    • Get you familiar with the data sets

    • Teach you on how to use the marine data

    • Inspire and make you acquainted with the existing solution and apps

    This will be a very hands-on pre-event and your chance to present your idea to mentors and fellow teammates and get your team together before the actual hackathon!

    You won't be putting your hands on actual prototyping yet, but together with inspirational speakers, mentors and group work sessions we will guide you through problem mapping, ideation, idea pitches and team formation, so that you can move forward to the Copernicus #Oceanhack for actual prototyping.

    OceanHack is for ready made teams with ideas! This means, there will be no idea pitching and team formation at the actual hackathon. If you don’t have a team with an idea, then this pre-event IS THE PLACE TO BE to work with the marine data and create solutions to problems that currently affect the Baltic Sea.

    • Web/app developers, field experts, UX/UI designers, data scientists, visionaries/space enthusiasts and marketeers/business developers/project managers
    • INDIVIDUALS, who want to find a team and an idea
    • INDIVIDUALS, who have an idea and want to get a team around the idea
    • TEAMS, who want to find an idea
    • TEAMS, who want to polish their idea during the pre-event
    • TEAMS, who want to find additional team members

    • Education apps that bring the oceans to life
    • Water quality – new intelligence on algal blooms
    • Traffic and navigation – improve ship routing or monitor pollution e.g. oil or ballast waste?
    • Green energy – use Earth observation data to find wave or wind energy hot spots.
    • Research: data visualisations, new ways of combining different types of data, new data analysis models
    • Warnings – develop new ways of communicating weather warnings to ocean users?
    • Baltic Sea fish stocks – track fish hotspots or fishing activity?
    • Marine productivity assessment - near fish farms
    • Sea ice – new ways of keeping an eye on the formation and extent of sea ice
    • Flood mapping
    • Identify plastic pollution hotspots
    • Internet of Things (IOT) and combinations of ground sensors to networks


    The pre-event is free to attend, but we do need you to register. Please do it here:


    Doors open at 9.00 for registration and morning coffee. We start off at 9:30 and will end the day by 5PM. We will fuel you with snacks, coffee, refreshments and a hearty lunch.

    In case you have any questions, write us at

    Copernicus OceanHack is funded by the EU’s Copernicus Programme and has been organised through a partnership of EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Environment Service, and the Estonian Environment Agency.
    9:00-9:30 Registration, coffee and snacks

    9:30-9:45 Kick-off and day agenda by the host - Maarika Truu

    9:45-10:45 Inspiration session on marine data use cases and data opportunities
    1) Benjamin Loveday - Plymouth Marine Laboratory & EUMETSAT contractor
    2) Andres Luhamaa - PlanetOS

    10:45-11:15 Challenges/ideas pitch
    11:15-11:45 Team formation
    11:45-13:00 Brainstorm on solutions
    13:00-13:45 Lunch
    13:45-14:00 Pitch intro
    14:00-16:00 Working on ideas with Canva
    16:00-16:15 Coffee break
    16:15-16:45 Final pitches
    16:45-17:00 Jury chooses the winners who get a straight pass to Copernicus #Oceanhack 🧡
    Copernicus data sources are all available through!



    Copernicus data sources


    To improve our ability to understand and monitor algal blooms and eutrophication in the Baltic Sea

    1. Use ocean colour and wind data to assess how algal blooms may affect coastal air quality.

    2. Linking anecdotal/media-reported bloom events to Copernicus data.

    3. Develop tools to help recreational marine users to avoid blooms.

    4. Assess marine traffic effects on benthic environments, looking at sediment resuspension.

    • Sentinel-3 OLCI Level-2 ocean complex water ocean colour products (1,2,3,4)

    • Sentinel-2 MSI high resolution RGB scenes (and perhaps CHL/TSM). (1,2,3,4)

    • CMEMS L3 and L4 ocean colour data. (1,2,3)

    • ECMWF ERA-5 wind data.(1)


    To increase our understanding of how adjacent land use effects the coastal environment.

    1. Mapping the influence of rivers and outflows on the coastal environment >>> machine learning approaches?

    2. Monitoring coastline changes.

    3. Sediment persistence in relation to hazardous substance sources.

    • Sentinel-3 OLCI Level-2 ocean complex water ocean colour products.

    • Sentinel-2 MSI high resolution RGB scenes.

    • Sentinel-1 radar imagery


    To find new ways to visualise the Baltic marine and coastal environments.

    1. Beautiful Baltic has an amazing ocean colour signal from space; develop new ways to show this.

    2. Integrate near real-time data into a virtual environment for a game

    3. Use earth observation data as part of an augmented reality visualisation.

    4. Develop new tools/apps to involve the public in looking after the Baltic Sea.

    5. Improve understanding of the impacts of climate change on the Baltic Sea region.

    • Sentinel-3 OLCI Level-2 ocean complex water ocean colour products.

    • Sentinel-2 MSI high resolution RGB scenes.

    • Entire CMEMS catalogue


    To better inform our maritime awareness

    1. Generating risk maps for thin ice.

    2. Predicting where marine ship-pollution may end up as a result of oil spills/ballast water release.

    3. Create a risk map based on ship density (AIS or signals in atmospheric composition).

    4. New visualisations for disparate sea state sources e.g. best spots to harvest wave energy.

    5. Provide coastal communities with information on bathing water quality.

    • CMEMS SIT reanalysis and charts. (1)

    • Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 (perhaps Sentinel-3 for oil)

    • CAMS and Sentinel-3 data for atmospheric components

    • CMEMS, Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-1 data for sea-state awareness (NRT modes).



    The Mentors 

    Maarika Truu
    Garage48 host & mentor, Head of partnerships at Single.Earth
    Ben Loveday
    Marine Earth Observation Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory
    Kai Rosin
    Leading Specialist at Estonian Weather Service, Environment Agency
    Raul Ilisson
    Senior Officer in Marine Environment Department at Ministry of the Environment
    Andres Luhamaa
    Data Integration & QA Engineer @ PlanetOS


    Kadri Tiisvelt
    COO│ Project Manager at Garage48
    Merit Vislapu
    Project Manager at Garage48