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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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PCI Geomatics acquires TGIS Technologies Inc.

Richmond Hill, Ontario – December 8, 2008: PCI Geomatics, a world-leading developer of software and solutions for geospatial imaging applications announced today the acquisition of TGIS Technologies Inc., a company specializing in geospatial collaboration software. TGIS Technologies Inc., based in Chelsea, Quebec, is the developer of GeoConference® Software – a unique enterprise solution that allows

GMES services in the security field to be further developed

The Final Report on the Initial Period of the GMES Action Plan, which was presented on 26 November 2003, has recognised the European Civil Protection (ECP) as one of the GMES service categories and stressed the need to develop enabling e-infrastructures and virtual organisation services for specific GMES applications. Indeed, the EU EGEE (Enabling Grids

Carbon Dioxide Measurement Satellite

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznań, 1-12 December 2008, more than 200 countries are about to commit to new levels of carbon dioxide reductions and emission targets, but how do we really know that they will abide by what they pledge. Maybe one of ESA’s (European Space Agency) next generation earth observation

PCI Geomatics Completes Acquisition of Geospace Inc.

Richmond Hill, Ontario – PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of software and solutions for geospatial imaging applications announced today the acquisition of Geospace Inc., a provider of geospatial information and solutions. Geospace Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, is the developer of FeatureObjeX™, a user friendly stand alone software package combining interactive editing tools for

Towards the Colombian conquest of space

December 4, 2008. SEMANA/Telecommunications. In the coming days, the Colombian government will make a very important decision for the country: how and when to launch the first national satellite. There are multiple options on the table – and contradictory positions For more than 20 years, one of the dreams of Colombian governments and presidents alike

UNESCO Signs Partnership With JAXA

Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on 2 December signed a cooperation agreement through which JAXA will assist UNESCO by bringing the benefits of space technology to the monitoring of World Heritage sites. With this agreement JAXA joins a group of more than 50

GIS Development Gives Award To Institute Of Photogrammetry

In view of the exceptional value it has added towards development of geospatial science, The Institute of Photogrammetry (IPI), University of Hannover will be felicitated by GIS Development with the award for ‘Building Geospatial Capacities and Knowledge Network’ during the inaugural ceremony of Map World Forum on February 10, 2009 at Hyderabad, India. Prof. Christian

Satellites Focused On The Arctic

The Arctic is undergoing rapid transformation due to climate change, pollution and human activity. ESA’s ERS and Envisat satellites have been providing satellite data of the region for the last 17 years. These long term data sets in combination with ESA’s future missions will be key in implementing the newly adopted European Commission policy called

GEO Announces Free And Unrestricted Access To Full Landsat Archive

Universal availability of cost-free satellite data and images will revolutionize the use of Earth observations for decision-making. In a breakthrough announced in Bucharest by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), scientists and decision-makers around the world will soon have unrestricted access at no charge to the Landsat archive, the world’s most extensive collection of continuously-acquired

European Ministers inject new impetus to ensure space’s role as a key asset in facing global challenges

ESA PR 47-2008. The Ministers in charge of space activities in the European Space Agency’s 18 Member States and Canada today concluded a successful two-day Council meeting in The Hague, agreeing to undertake new initiatives in several fields and endorsing the next phases of a set of ongoing programmes. Today’s decisions are a further step

10 Years Operational Global VEGETATION Monitoring (1998-2008) What's next? 9-10 Dec 2008 , Brussels

For 10 years, the VEGETATION mission has played an important role in meeting the need for information on the state of our planet offering the international community high quality data from a truly global Earth Observing System, which uniquely acquires data of the entire terrestrial surface on a daily basis. Today, the VEGETATION instruments are

Space facility to come to the UK

The European Space Agency announced today that it will build a facility in the UK. Science minister, Lord Drayson, negotiated the deal at the space agency’s ministerial meeting at The Hague. Diamond synchrotron The centre will be part of a €10 billion overall package for ESA agreed by the 18 member states. The facility will

Europe debates Space

Europe’s space policies have to major on activities that bring the most benefit to its citizens, says French research minister Valerie Pecresse. She is holding two days of talks with counterparts from European Space Agency (Esa) member states to set the organisation’s budget to 2011. A range of projects, such as new Earth-observing satellites, are

European space policy and budgets

Ministers of the European Space Agency’s member nations are meeting this week to grapple with a number of issues associated with the agency, including funding levels and plans for future programs. An ESA press release last week outlines those issues, ranging from Earth observation programs to proposals to develop a new upper stage for the

ATK's EO-1 Satellite Far Exceeds Design And Mission Life

The NASA’s Earth Observer-1 (EO-1) has reached its eighth anniversary on orbit. The EO-1 satellite, launched on November 21, 2000 had an initial design and mission life of one year, but has continued successful operations for more than 7 years past the initial mission. ATK served as the Prime Contractor, Mission Integrator and Bus Developer

European remote-sensing program will improve atmospheric insights

The European Global Earth Observation and Monitoring project aims to construct an integrated, pan-European atmospheric monitoring program from existing systems to study air quality and climate change. Global climate and air-pollution monitoring requires continuous observations from space. However, calibration of remote-sensing measurements from space instruments is difficult for many reasons, including failures during launch or



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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