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Earth Observation Network

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EARSC promotes the understanding
of our Planet for societal benefits

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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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EOcafe: Copernicus Marine Service: updates and upcoming tendering opportunities for the EO community

Copernicus Marine Service: updates and upcoming tendering opportunities for the EO community 8th of February 2024, 16.00-17.00 CET In our next EOcafe, our host Geoff Sawyer (EARSC Strategic Advisor and former Secretary General) will sit down with Ms. Muriel Lux (Environmental Policy and Major Account manager, Mercator Ocean International) to get an update on the

EOcafe: UNOOSA: an international force to address global challenges?

25th of January 2024, 16.00-17.00 CET As the world’s geopolitical situation becomes increasingly volatile and complicated, the (European) space sector is also having to adapt to a new reality, where existing partnerships are questioned, and new ones are increasingly difficult to forge, just as existential challenges, such as the management and impact of space debris,

EOcafe: The Belgian presidency & the EO industry: what to be aware of and how to make the most out of it?

11th of January 2024, 16.00-17.00 CET Belgium has long been an important player in the European Space sector. In 2023, it was the 6th largest contributor to the European Space Agency’s budget (at 5.3% – €260.0 M) and it has a healthy and well-established EO industry, coming in 9th for both the number of EO

EOcafe: CASSINI – enabling growth in the EO sector: success stories & upcoming opportunities

14th of December 2023, 16.00-17.00 CET The latest EARSC Industry Survey showed that the EO sector continues to steadily grow (7,5% growth rate in 2023) generating €1.79billion of revenue, with 78% of the companies surveyed being optimistic about future growth. At the same time, the Industry Survey once more showed that SMEs make up 96%

EOcafe: Data Spaces: a threat or an opportunity for the Earth Observation sector?

30th of November 2023, 16.00-17.00 CET Back in 2006, it was apparently Clive Humby who coined the phrase that “Data is the new Oil”. Since then, the phrase has been used many times and many articles have been published exploring this idea and likening the dominance of the oil industry by Standard Oil to that

EOcafe: ESA’s Ambitions Towards Industrial Competitiveness

ESA’s Ambitions Towards Industrial Competitiveness Thursday, 5th October 2023, 16.00 CEST The European Space Agency (ESA) has ambitious goals for space commercialisation, fostering industrial competitiveness, and increasing investment in the Earth observation domain. As the space industry continues to grow, one of ESA’s top priorities is to create and help companies seize opportunities that leverage

Geocento is looking for a Senior Earth Observation Software Engineer (flexible level)

Location: Hybrid working / UK Job Type: Full-time About Geocento Ltd. Geocento is viewed as an innovative player within the space sector, having led the development of web-based technologies for exploiting satellite imagery since 2011, with customers to date in over 65 countries.  Recent success in business development with some well-known international clients has meant

EOcafe: IRIDE – Building a new Italian EO System

IRIDE – Building a new Italian EO System Thursday, 28th September 2023, 16.00 CEST The Italian government has embarked on an ambitious EO programme called IRIDE. With a budget from the EU recovery fund, an end-to-end system including constellations of satellites, ground segment and a suite of geospatial services, focused on the needs of the

Open Position: Market Development Officer

Market Development Officer Are you passionate about Space? Do you want to have an impact?You can join the unique trade association dedicated to promoting and advancing the field of Earth Observation. Benefit from a flexible working environment in the heart of Europe, in a small and young pan-European team where your ideas are valued and

EOcafe: Space Race to Where? 

Thursday 7th of September 2023  16:00-17:00 CEST  On August 23rd 2023, India became the fourth country to make a successful soft lunar landing1, after the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China. In parallel, NASA is preparing its ARTEMIS missions to return to the moon and many other countries (Luxembourg and the United Arab

From Prototype to Operational Service: Expansion and Upgrade of EU Grassland Watch

Grasslands are important for the maintenance of biodiversity and food production, and also affect ecological processes such as pollination, water regulation, carbon sequestration, and climate regulation on scales ranging from local landscapes to the entire globe. They represent complex and varied habitats covering a significant area of the EU and one of the largest biomes

Workshop – How can Earth Observation Serve the Financial Sector?

About the EO-FIN Project: EO-FIN is an ESA funded project part of ESA best practice series focusing on Financial Management (FM) sector. This project aims to understand the Financial Management sector’s requirements for geospatial information and what the current (including near future), capabilities of EO are to support the Financial Management sector’s needs on Geospatial

Open Position of Policy Officer

Are you passionate about Space? Do you want to have an impact?You can join the unique trade association dedicated to promoting and advancing the field of Earth Observation.Benefit from a flexible working environment in the heart of Europe, in a small and young pan-European team where your ideas are valued and your work-life balance is



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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