BalticSatApps examined in detail the characteristics of the Russian EO domain. Those materials are provided on this page.

General overview of the main areas of interest of the potential users of EO services in Russia

The project assessed the potential users of EO data in Russia, and especially the St. Petersburg region. Users were identified as follows: 169 educational organisations (universities), 103 research institutions, 13 non-profit organisations, 31 companies, 33 public authorities, 11 individuals.

Those users represented 19 different domains of interest. Most of the users were interested in Environment (181), then Education (109), Forestry (102), Mapping (95), Soil and Geology (94), Agriculture (82), Emergency Management (67), Hydrology (67), Atmosphere (64), Geodesy, Mining and Surveying (63), and Tourism and Recreation (61).

The need and service demand of their interests are grouped as follows:

  • Improve an existing service or procedure (168)
  • Need to save time and/or economic and human resources (150)
  • Create a new service or procedure (114)
  • Obligation (need to respond to policy/regulation).

In the course of the research (the second part of the study “Mapping of technological demand for EO systems”), the project conducted a survey in the St. Petersburg region in Russia to gather end-user needs from the EO industry. The survey respondents (30 relevant companies and related support organisations working with satellite data) identified five main application domains. The EO services use in following application domains has a high importance for the respondents: Agriculture (30%), Forestry (40%), Emergency monitoring (30%), Territories mapping (46.7%), and Environmental monitoring (30%).

The results of the company and expert survey identified main practical tasks for each application domain relevant for the region. These tasks are:

  • For agriculture: mapping of agricultural lands and identification of abandoned agricultural land
  • For forestry: detection of forest fires and determining the boundaries of wetlands
  • For emergency monitoring: identification of dangerous deformations of the earth’s surface and structures and damage assessment in emergency situations
  • For territory mapping: creation and updating of a cartographic base for the territory, thematic mapping (mapping of forests, agricultural land), and determining the changes in boundaries of anthropogenic objects
  • For environmental monitoring: identification of changes in ecosystem boundaries and determining landfill boundary changes.

Reports and additional researches conducted

Identifying potential EO users at national level

The study was conducted on October 2017–March 2018. The online survey was targeted to audience from the state, educational, research, and private sectors, and identified 315 organisations and individuals. The main results indicated needs to simplify ordering and access to Copernicus Programme data and thematic products for various subject areas and their commersialisation.

Defining user needs

The study to understand the consumer preferences of existing and potential users of the Copernicus Programme was conducted on October 2017–March 2018. The online survey was targeted to audience from the state, educational, research, and private sectors, and identified 217 responses from the target audience. The main results supported the results received in the first study. In addition, the study showed needs to provide information about data processing and access centers as online resources and materials, and also to raise awareness about satellite data capabilities and data use. The most interesting specific service areas were Earth Science, climate change, marine environment, agriculture, and forestry.

Mapping of technological demands for EO systems (part 1)

This report presents survey results of Copernicus data use and needs in Nortwestern Russia. The survey was conducted during October 2018 –March 2019. It provides information e.g. about suitable application areas for satellite Earth Observation data, the purpose of using the data, and its potential in various areas of usage.

Mapping of technological demands for EO systems (part 2)

This report is the continuation of the part 1. It features the results of a second survey round, which was conducted in Russia during April 2019–September 2019.

Analysis of satellite data application domain

This report provides an overview of the application areas relevant in the Russian Earth Observation market, presents survey results, and shows practical case examples from Russia.

Services of analysis and forecasting of various parameters using satellite data available in the Northwestern Russia

This document presents Northwestern Russian-based services that leverage remote sensing satellite data.

Training toolkit

The training toolkit presents an overview of Copernicus services. In addition, it presents examples of Copernicus data use in Russia in the applications of floods, vegetation, forest cover and sea ice monitoring, and the assessment of the ecological safety of agricultural production.


The development of the reports has been coordinated by Ms. Maria Kuzko, European-Russian InnoPartnership (ERIP), St. Petersburg.