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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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Successful development of the Jason-2 activities

After its launch on 20 June 2008, Jason-2 has trailed 55 seconds behind its predecessor Jason-1 during more than 6 months so as to enable scientists to acquire near-simultaneous measurements to precisely calibrate the satellite’s instruments. As a part of this calibration/validation process of the high accuracy of Jason-2 off-line products (GDR), an update of

From EOMD website: Earth Observation service provision + An updated overview of the Canadian and European EO Service Industry

Information extracted from ESA–EOMD website *** Earth Observation service provision LuxSpace intends to place sub-contracts with specialised service providers or consortia to provide the following two services to the World Bank: -Change in the coastline of Bangladesh -Remote sensing monitoring of coral reef in the Belize region Details of the Request For Quotation (RFQ) documentation

Russia to launch Kanopus Earth observation satellites

Moscow, Russia – The first to be put in orbit at the end of 2009/early 2010 (WAPA) – The Russian Space Agency plans to launch a series of KANOPUS Earth observation satellites, with the first two due for launch at the end of 2009/early 2010. KANOPUS-V is being developed for Russia and will record abnormal

Study on the Competitiveness of the GMES Downstream Sector

A study on the competitiveness of the GMES Downstream Sector is available on the Europa website The final report of the “Study on the Competitiveness of the GMES Downstream Sector” produced within the Framework Contract of Sectoral Competitiveness Studies (funded by the EC DG Enterprise and Industry) is available on the Europa website. During the

Spot Image announces the opening of a new subsidiary, Spot Image Brasil, in Sao Paulo.

Hervé Buchwalter, Chairman and CEO of Spot Image, an EADS Astrium subsidiary, said: “We are opening Spot Image Brasil to accompany the strong growth in the geospatial information market in Brazil fuelled by the growing environmental challenges the country is facing.” The new subsidiary will be headed by Pierre Duquesne, who has been in charge

Global Marketing Insights Releases 2008 USGS Africa Remote Sensing Market Study

Global Marketing Insights, Inc. has completed the “2008 Africa Survey and Analysis of the Remote Sensing Market, Aerial and Spaceborne-10 Year Trends” and delivered the final report to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property

New EDA Project on Space-Based Earth Surveillance System

March 5, 2009 Brussels | The European Defence Agency (EDA) Steering Board has agreed to approve a project for the next generation European military earth observation satellites. This Multinational Space-based Imaging System (MUSIS) project has been launched by six European Union Member States: Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Italy and Spain. The project has now become

ERDAS Opens Full Training Center in Belgium

ERDAS announces the opening of an expanded training center in Liège, Belgium. Supporting ERDAS’ growth in Europe, the new center contains state-of-the art training and meeting facilities, in a convenient and central location for customers and business partners. The training center offers classes that address the needs of both the novice and expert ERDAS user.

Three ESA Earth science missions move to next phase

ESA has announced three candidate Earth Explorer mission concepts to progress to the next phase of consolidation. This selection is part of the user-driven process that will lead to the launch of the Agency’s seventh Earth Explorer satellite in the 2016 time frame. Last week ESA’s Programme Board for Earth Observation decided on three Earth

EARSC: 20 years fostering the growth of the EO service sector

We will celebrate this year the twentieth anniversary of our Association. Twenty years ago, in 1989, remote sensing was already somewhat mature in terms of technologies and there were strong hopes for a rapid market development. This led several companies with the support of European institutions to create EARSC.

The OGC Forms a Spatial Law and Policy Committee

Wayland, MA – The Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has chartered a committee of the Board to specifically address the “spatial law and policy issues” which will influence development requirements of the Consortium’s technology process. The Spatial Law and Policy Committee (SLPC) will be chaired by OGC director and Executive Committee

Outer Space Scientific and Technical Subcommittee Concludes its 46th Session in Vienna

Source: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs VIENNA, 23 February (UN Information Service) – The adoption of the Safety Framework for Nuclear Power Source Applications in Outer Space was in the focus of the 46th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Satellite Data Provide New View Of Smoke From Wildfires

Scientists have a new tool for understanding how events in one region, such as wildfires, can affect air quality in areas far away. Observations from NASA’s Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) show that the plumes of dust, smoke and particles from wildfires or volcanoes often rise past the atmospheric boundary layer, the turbulent lowest portion of

A "Towards INSPIRE" workshop will be held on 18-19 March in Székesfehérvár (Hungary)

The workshop is organised by the GIS4EU project and will be hosted by the University of West Hungary, Faculty of Geoinformatics in Székesfehérvár on 18-19 March 2009. The GIS4EU project aims at providing base cartography datasets (administration units, hydrography, transportation networks and elevation themes) for Europe and to ensure its cross scale, cross language and

European Satellites Provide New Insight Into Ozone-Depleting Species

(25 February 2009) Using data from the satellite-based MIPAS and GOME-2 instruments, scientists have for the first time detected important bromine species in the atmosphere. These new measurements will help scientists to better understand sources of ozone-depleting species and to improve simulations of stratospheric ozone chemistry. Despite the detection of bromine monoxide (BrO) in the

Second phase of GMES Space Component

ESA starts implementing the second phase of the GMES Space Component Programme The first phase of the GMES Space Component covers the period 2006-2013. It focuses on the development of the first Sentinel-1 (all-weather day and night radar imager for land and ocean services), Sentinel-2 (high-resolution optical images for land services) and Sentinel-3 (instruments for



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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