- September 12, 2022
- Posted by: EARSC
- Category: EOcafe
Earth Observation: A Market ready to take off? The time is now!
Thursday 15th September 2022
Since the days of Landsat and SPOT in the 1980’s and many times since, people have heralded the market for EO data. But, despite different data policies, commercial approaches and the relationship with governments, the anticipated take-off has never happened.
With increasing private investment and many more disparate EO missions coupled with a conjunction of factors, ranging from the fast-paced evolution of the technology and the increase in data volume to the latest EU policy developments, the next years will be critical for the Earth Observation (EO) services business as the industry is facing a new turning point!
Is this time different?
The modernization strategy of Copernicus0F1, aiming at putting digitalization at the heart of Copernicus whilst supporting the EU environmental objectives and ensuring more resilience, will be one strong factor to shape the evolution of the sector. It provides an opportunity for the sector to develop new products and services and to pave the way for a transition from EO to Earth intelligence. Can the industry become an integration point of earth-related information?
The potential of the sector could also be enhanced with the integration of EO capabilities into European policies. The EO services, powered by the huge existing (and upcoming) amounts of data should be fully exploited by European policy makers1F2. The Green Deal package of measures, demonstrating the EU’s aspiration to lead climate change mitigation, is a very good example. Its ambitious objectives can be supported further by Earth Observation data and services to provide decision-makers with reliable and accurate information.
Last but not least, the EU industrial policy has an important impact on companies because it is used as a means to make European industry more competitive. The recent announcement of Commissioner Breton about two new industrial policies2F3 to be developed to leverage EU public procurement will surely be of major interest for the industry.
Against this background, EARSC plays a significant role in supporting the industry. With its involvement in European and international projects, involving various actors, EARSC is connected with a large global network of stakeholders through cooperative actions. EARSC acts as a catalyst by amplifying the voice of the industry and facilitating interactions, hence contributing to the promotion of EO services so fostering the growth and competitiveness of the market.
Join us in the EOCafe where our host Geoff Sawyer (EARSC Strategic Advisor and former Secretary General) will be in conversation with Marc Tondriaux (EARSC Chairman) who will discuss the current EO landscape and present the role and priorities of EARSC to support the EO services industry.
Some of the key topics are:
• Which are the upcoming challenges for the EO services industry?
• How will the evolution of Copernicus impact the sector?
• How can the EU industrial policy support the EO industry?
• How can EARSC support further the industry?
Registration: The webinar is open to ALL but priority will be given to EARSC members. Registration is free but compulsory. Please click on the following link to register.
Please note this is a virtual event!
EOcafe is part of a series of EARSC meetings that offer timely, relevant, and practical information on a broad variety of topics related to the EO sector. Join us every two weeks to discuss and network while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends.
• The use of a video camera is not mandatory but encouraged to facilitate better interaction among the attendees and the guest speaker(s).
• The EOcafe will stay open after 17:00 in case our guests want to continue the discussion.
• By registering for this event, you accept the terms and conditions (https://earsc.org/wp content/uploads/2021/03/EARSC_Events_GDPR.pdf).
If you have any questions, and/or you want to know more about the EOcafe, and/or you want to share an idea about a future EOcafe, please contact Natassa (Natassa.Antoniou@earsc.org).
- 1 You can find here more information about our EOcafe dedicated to this topic: https://earsc.org/2022/04/19/eocafe-the modernization-of-copernicus/
- 2 Several policy areas can benefit from EO: land, atmosphere and marine domains (environment, air quality, urban monitoring, regional development), climate change, energy and transport, emergency, security, natural resources (non exhaustive list)
- 3You can find here the link of the announcement on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThierryBreton/status/1564278912485564419?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1564279076961009666%7Ctwgr%5Ec1416bb870709f11b528cbda0192ba597d43e7bb%7Ctwcon%5Es2_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fearsc.org%2F2022%2F09%2F12%2Feocafe-earth-observation-a-market-ready-to-take-off-the-time-is-now%2F