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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: Creating & Growing a New Business in Europe – How to overcome the growing pains

Creating & Growing a New Business in Europe How to overcome the growing pains Thursday 26th of January 2023 16:00-17:00 CET Creating a business and making it grow over the years is a challenging, time-consuming, long-lasting process which requires a lot of skill and determination. It can sometimes seem like a lonely road full of

EOcafe: The New Copernicus Data Access Service

On Friday, 16th of December 2022, the long-awaited new Copernicus Data Access Service kicked off, taking the European Union Copernicus program to the next level and ensuring the data make the greatest possible impact on institutional users, the research community, the commercial sector as well every citizen of our planet. “Copernicus must strive for digital

Join the FIRE Forum 2023 – the week on FIRE between 1st and 3rd February 2023 – to discover the research and innovation roadmap and discuss the way forward

Athens (EuroGEO 2022), 8 December 2022 The FIRE Team can proudly announce the extension of the project until February 2023 and the organisation of the FIRE Forum 2023 from 1st to 3rd February 2023. FIRE Forum 2023 will bring together all stakeholders to discover the main project result – the roadmap for Research and Innovation agenda for

Mining Company PlanetGeoScan Namibia and explorer GeoScan GmbH sign MoU for critical battery minerals in Namiba

Windhoek, Namibia, 5.Dec. 2022: At the state-visit of German Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Economy and Climate, Dr. Robert Habeck, PlanetGeoScan Namibia Pty LLC, Namibia, and GeoScan GmbH, Germany, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for finding, mining and processing lithium and other critical battery minerals in Namibia (Picture). Meetings earlier today involved President Dr. Hage G.

Three innovation awards for EOMAP

Two new breakthroughs by the German expert for space-based information on water environments have recently received three awards: RastLess, a new cloud computing solution for fast and cost-saving geospatial data analytics and SDB-Online, the WebApp for mapping shallow waters. ­ ­­­For the growing Earth observation market, efficient processing of large raster data volumes in various resolutions

EOcafe: Earth Observation & EU Carbon Removals Policies

Earth Observation & EU Carbon Removals Policies Thursday, 8th of December 2022 In response to the urgency for climate action highlighted in the successive assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), the European Union has set into law its objective of economy-wide Climate Neutrality by 2050. The European Climate Law requires that greenhouse

EOcafe: Earth Observation in International Partnerships: Get acquainted with DG INTPA

Earth Observation in International Partnerships Get acquainted with DG INTPA Thursday, 24th November 2022 With the Green Deal, the European Union has proposed an ambitious strategy and accompanying regulatory framework to guide society and the economy towards a green transition. Similarly ambitious, Europe’s digital agenda has focused on enhancing the market environment for digital players, protecting consumers

EOcafe: ESA & the EO downstream Sector: Working Together

ESA & the EO downstream Sector: Working Together Thursday, 10th November 2022 The next ESA Ministerial meeting on the  22 and 23 November 2022, will set the main Earth Observation (EO) programmes in Europe for the next 3 years. Together with the EU Copernicus programme, ESA’s Future-EO package will provide key support for the EO

EOcafe: The Importance of Outreach: Evangelists Speaking!

Thursday 27th October 2022 16:00-17:00 CEST Outreach is a key part of a portfolio of marketing tools. Outreach is defined (in Wikipedia) as “the activity of providing services to any population that might not otherwise have access to those services”. In the space sector, outreach is considered more as a promotional activity linked to raising

Eurisy Vacancy Notice: Communication and Administration Officer

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EOcafe: Accessing development finance for the EO downstream sector

Accessing development finance for the EO downstream sector Thursday 13th October 2022 16:00-17:00 CEST Both within and beyond the ESA Global Development Assistance (GDA) programme, organisations from the European Earth Observation (EO) Service Sector are engaging with, and providing EO products and services to International Financial Institutions (IFIs), such as World Bank (WB) and Asian

EOcafe: EUMETSAT & EO Industry: Creating Opportunities together?

EUMETSAT & EO Industry  Creating Opportunities together?  Thursday 29th September 2022, 16:00-17:00 CEST  EUMETSAT is the European operational satellite agency for monitoring weather, climate and  the environment from space. It is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt,  Germany, currently with 30 Member States. It operates a system of meteorological satellites  that observe the atmosphere and

EOcafe: Earth Observation: A Market ready to take off? The time is now!

Earth Observation: A Market ready to take off? The time is now!  Thursday 15th September 2022 16:00-17:00 CEST  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

EARSC Job Offer: Communication and Membership Officer

EARSC Communication and Membership Officer Job Description Full time position, 40 hours per week About EARSC: EARSC – the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies – is a non-profit trade association representing the Earth Observation services industry in Europe with 135+ SMEs, large and small companies. Composed of 11 people, the EARSC Secretariat is based

EARSC Statements for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM 12th session)

In preparation for the 12th Session of the UN-GGIM, the present paper presents the EARSC written submissions supporting the European private service providers’ views on several topics of the UN-GGIM agenda. AGENDA ITEMS: Agenda item #3. Strengthening global geospatial information management arrangements EARSC supports the UNGGIM initiatives to sensitise relevant UN bodies but also Member



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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