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Earth Observation Network

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EARSC promotes the understanding
of our Planet for societal benefits

More about Earth Observation

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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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Japan considers smog observation satellite

(4 August 2008).The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is considering building and launching a geostationary satellite to observe, around the clock, air pollution coming to Japan from China and other East Asian countries, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Monday. The satellite’s purpose is to find sources of air pollutants, including exhaust gas, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide

ERDAS APOLLO: Connecting Earth to Business

Norcross, GA – ERDAS Inc. announces ERDAS APOLLO 2009, a new generation Geospatial Business System that eliminates the walls between GIS, photogrammetry and remote sensing, extending geospatial data to business applications throughout an organization. Many geospatial data providers and those in the public sector and civil engineering, oil, gas and land management industries work with

ESA Prepares For November's Ministerial Meeting

In November 2008, the ministers responsible for space activities in ESA’s member states and Canada will gather in The Hague to set the course of Europe’s space programme over the period ahead. They will be invited to endorse the next stages in a series of ongoing programmes and to commit to the start of new

Tele Atlas Expands Southern Europe Digital Map Coverage

Aug 01, 2008: Tele Atlas, a global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, announced it has expanded its digital map coverage in southern Europe, including near 100% coverage of Greece, Malta, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and broadened coverage of new regions to the east including Bulgaria and Turkey. These

ESA meets increasing demand for Earth observation data

Earth observation satellite data have never been in more demand than today as missions have demonstrated their ability to enable better understanding and improved management of the Earth and its environment.

PCI Geomatics expands presence in India

PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of software and solutions for geospatial imaging applications, is pleased to announce the expansion of its India presence with a new international office in the National Capital Region (NCR).

European Environment Agency and Microsoft Eye on Earth Observatory Bring European Beach Quality Into Sharp Focus

New Eye on Earth online environmental observatory allows Europeans to understand the quality of the water they swim in and provides the power to call for change.

GOCE Begins Its Journey To Launch Site

GOCE, the first of a series of Earth Explorer satellites to be launched into orbit, has taken off aboard an Antonov-124 cargo aircraft for its flight to the Arkhangelsk Airport in Russia, en route to Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome, about 800 km north of Moscow.

GOCE begins its journey to launch site

GOCE, the first of a series of Earth Explorer satellites to be launched into orbit, has taken off aboard an Antonov-124 cargo aircraft for its flight to the Arkhangelsk Airport in Russia, en route to Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome, about 800 km north of Moscow. Preparations for the transport of the spacecraft began on 23 July

Europe's Space Ambitions in Context

France is leading an effort to create a unified European Union space policy. Taylor Dinerman examines the reasons why the EU desires a more robust space policy and its implications for cooperation with the US and other nations.

What is GIS for the Google generation?

Dr Pablo Mateos spoke (on behalf of a missing Alex Singleton) at the 2008 ESRC Research Methods Festival on “What is GIS for the Google generation?” The ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is a network of research groups, each conducting research and training in an area of social science research methods. The slides

Environment Ministry to use satellite to map coral reefs in Asia, Oceania

The Environment Ministry is creating a map of the distribution of coral reefs in seas in Asia and Oceania by using photos from a Japanese satellite, officials said.

GeoEye: Interview CEO and CFO

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking with Matt O’Connell and Henry Dubois, the CEO and CFO of GeoEye, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEOY) respectively, in a recorded audio format. The interview covered a broad range of topics from what GeoEye does, to the launch of GeoEye-1 and GeoEye’s upcoming prospects in the satellite mapping

TopSat Celebrates 1,000 Days In Orbit

TopSat, the micro-satellite designed and built by a QinetiQ-led consortium of British firms, celebrated its 1,000th day in orbit this week – a significant milestone for a technology demonstrator built with a nominal one-year mission life.

Astrium's Buy-In Is Spot-On

Astrium, foreseeing the Earth observation industry undergoing significant change has, in the process, announced the purchase of further shares in Spot Image from the French Space Agency (CNES).

UAE turns the spotlight on space revolution

Space has always fascinated the human race, stimulating both our instinct to explore and our sense of wonder.



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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