The voice of the Earth Observation


Barents bloom, Sentinel-2A - processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Discover the largest European
Earth Observation Network

Our Members

Lake Balkhash, Kazakhastan, Sentinel 2 - processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

EARSC promotes the understanding
of our Planet for societal benefits

More about Earth Observation

Brussels, Spot 5 Sqtellite - Airbus Defence and Space


EARSC 4 Pillars


Representing the Members

The core pillar of our activities is to support and promote our members. We achieve this goal mainly through projects which we undertake (see projects). Members’ views are gathered through a series of ad-hoc working groups dedicated to important topics. We inform our members through a monthly report and a dedicated portal about important news and information, as announced bid opportunities – and dedicated e-mails for key items.

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Market development & Internationalization

EARSC is engaged in a wide range of activities to develop new markets and business opportunities for our members. Our strategy is to engage users, identify needs and stimulate demand for European EO services both in Europe and abroad with complementary commercial and geographical approaches.

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Promoting the industry

EARSC employs a range of sophisticated digital tools to promote the European EO sector. EARSC has three main digital tools which cover creating a shared vocabulary (EARSC TAXONOMY) , providing a common space to find EO companies, and a common space to discover ‘online’ EO services.

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Showing the value of Earth Observation

The Earth observation sector delivers a wide range of social and environmental and economic benefits to citizens of Europe and the world. To properly and consistently value these impacts, EARSC leads the Sentinel Benefits Study (SeBS) project in which we measure the total societal impact of products and services coming from Sentinel satellite data.

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PRESS RELEASE: OCRE enables easy cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud

The Open Clouds for Research Environments project (OCRE), aims to accelerate cloud adoption in the European research community, by bringing together cloud providers, Earth Observation (EO) organisations and the research and education community, through ready-to-use service agreements and €9.5 million in adoption funding. Cloud-based services offer the European research community a wealth of powerful tools,

IDEEO Workshop: Earth Observation & International Market Development Opportunities & Challenges

The Event takes place the 7th of March You can register to the event here: This is the 3ed IDEEO workshop. It will start at 8:30 and end at 17:00. It will take place Scotland House | Rond-Point Schuman 6 | B-1040 Brussels, Belgium Agenda Time Activity 8h30 – 9h00 Registration & Coffee 9h00

GEO and Amazon Web Services collaborate to provide cloud credits for projects that improve understanding of our planet

GEO member agencies and research organizations from developing countries are now able to access cloud services to help with the hosting, processing and analysis of big data about the Earth to inform decisions for sustainable development.

Silex Clouds S.R.L.

Silex Clouds S.R.L. is centered on the provision of valuable information and services derived from the exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) satellites datasets, complex satellite image processing techniques and GIS procedures, in Near Real Time (NRT) and in interoperable formats, oriented to the monitoring of different earth phenomena to speed up impact assessment analysis.

EO Quality Assurance Workshop


Quality Assurance (QA) is the concern of all actors in the EO value chain from the Data acquisition to the end-user. It is a component of the value of any EO services or products. Companies are looking at solutions to smooth their process, to integrate various sources of data, to increase sales. Is current QA performance enough? How could we improve the QA? How could we use QA to increase the uptake of EO, improve the value of services and products?
Starting with the view of EO private or public customers from verticals (Oil& Gas, Agro-Insurance, Assurance, Environment), the workshop will explore the different approaches of QA, opportunities or improvement and a road map for implementation.

For all of these reasons, ESA is organizing a workshop around Quality Assurance at the ESRIN, April 9 & 10 2019.

You can register to the event here


Day 1, April 9

09.00 – 09.30 Registration

09.30 – 09.45 Welcome and Objectives – ESA

09.45 – 11.00 – Session 1 – Context

Presentation 1 – EARSC – Industry context (15 min)

Presentation 2 – NPL – Quality Assurance methodologies (20 min)

Presentation 3 – Verticals expectations, 4 talks 10 min each,

· oil/gas, speaker from the IOGP

· insurance, speaker to be confirmed

· agro-insurance, speaker to be confirmed

· Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK, Dr Gwawr Jones

11.00-11.20 Break

11.20-12.00 Panel Discussion (QA and discussion),

12.00-12.10 set-up for Session 2

panel: session 1 presenters + esa representatives

12.10 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30-17.30 Session 2: Table Sessions (15.00-15.15 break)

all tables have the same questions to discuss/answer. 2-3 questions per topic, reporter from each table

Topic 1 – Mission Operator and Data Provider capabilities

Topic 2 – Value Adding Industry Requirements and Capabilities

Topic 3 – End Customer Expectations and Requirements

Day 2, April 10

09.00-09.30 – Summary presentation

09.30-11.00 – Strategy and prioritization/ actions working at the tables

11.00 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 12.30 Plenary Discussions and Next Steps – Chaired by ESA

12.30 Close – ESA

More information can be found under the picture.



New Job Opportunity at GAF AG Munich – “Project Manager Earth Observation & Copernicus LCLU downstream Services”

GAF AG is an internationally successfully operating company for cross-platform EO-based geoinformation solutions and for the development of innovative GIS and database applications. In addition to the reception and distribution of geodata, GAF holds a leading position in the areas of data refinement and geoconsulting due to its many years of expertise. With an international and

EARSC Board of Directors Election – Apply to Become One of the EARSC Directors 2024!

According to the Article 11 of the EARSC Statutes, the Board of Directors shall be renewed during the Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held in Brussels on June 13, 2024, during EXPANDEO 2024. The 9 Directors will be elected this year for a term of 2 years. The election is an opportunity for EARSC Full members to be involved in the

European cooperation on satellite mapping: The Danish Geodata Agency and EOMAP join efforts in mapping the shallow waters of Denmark.

Nørresundby (DK) / Seefeld (D) – By using Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB), the Danish Geodata Agency and EOMAP are joining forces to contribute to the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Bathymetry partnership, and to integrate the SDB data into the Danish Depth Model (DDM) “Finding new ways to map shallow waters, where we only have very

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