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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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The GeoInformation Group Announces Urban 3D Building Blocks Database

The GeoInformation® Group, publishers of Cities Revealed aerial photography (, announce today the commercial availability of the UK’s first 3D Building Blocks database.

PCI Geomatics Beijing

July 9, 2008: PCI Geomatics®, a world leading developer of software and solutions for geospatial imaging applications, is pleased to announce plans to launch a new international office in Beijing, China.

India And France Joint Working Group Meet To Discuss Space

The Joint Working Group of the Indian Space Research Organisation and the French Space Agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) has reviewed the progress of ongoing collaborative programmes at a meeting held in Goa on July 5-6.

G8 statement on climate change and environment

The leaders of the G8 rich nations have agreed to adopt a goal of at least halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

EUMETSAT agrees to provide data for GMES

During its 64th Council meeting on 1-2 July, EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, agreed to provide its data and products for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative.

Extended relief work thanks to Earth Observation

(4th July 2008). Following the request of the United-Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to use immediate crisis mapping of the affected areas after the devastating Cyclone Nargis, the International Charter on ‘Space and Major Disasters’ has provided these mapping products by using Earth Observation (EO) satellites. The damage maps have been created

GEO Issues Call for Participation in GEOSS Pilot

WAYLAND, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) announced that a Call for Participation (CFP) in Phase 2 of the GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP) has been issued by the GEO (Group on Earth Observations).

Expert Group for the follow-up of the research aspects of the revised Lisbon strategy (LEG)

The “Expert Group for the follow-up of the research aspects of the revised Lisbon strategy (LEG)” was created by the European Commission (DG RTD) in 2006 to give support in analysing and monitoring the research aspects of the revised Lisbon strategy. The group focuses its work on the following activities: o critical review of the

Keeping an eye on water use… from space!

As food shortage weighs heavily on the minds of many, several countries recognise the key role irrigation can play in this issue. A team of EU-funded researchers teamed up to assess how the latest satellite imagery can be applied not only to make water use more efficient, but also to boost farming output in the process.

Enhancing Public Health Research: Interoperability Standards For Earth Observation Systems

Relying on interoperability standards, Earth Observation Systems use meteorological data to predict outbreak of diseases, and have potential to prevent countless illnesses and deaths.

ASPRS Announces Certification of the First Remote Sensing Technologist

Chad Lopez is the first Remote Sensing Technologist to complete the requirements for certification under the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) certification program for technologists. Lopez specializes in processing, analyzing and classifying satellite and aerial imagery. He has worked with Fugro EarthData, Inc. (formerly EarthData International) since 2005 as a Senior Digital

Small Business Act: Commission publishes new practical guidelines for Member States on how to make public procurement more SME-friendly

In the context of the Small Business Act (SBA), the European Commission has published a set of practical examples and guidelines which will enable Member States and public authorities to make their public procurement rules and practices more friendly for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Public procurement in the EU – i.e. the purchases of

Commission proposal for a Regulation on a Statute for a European Private Company: Frequently Asked Questions

Commission proposal for a Regulation on a Statute for a European Private Company: Frequently Asked Questions What is the European Private Company Statute? It is a new legal instrument based on EU law designed for small- and middle-sized enterprises (SMEs). It gives entrepreneurs the option of forming a European Private Company, referred to also by

CNES wins award for satellite collision risk management

(CNES) – 16 May, CNES engineer François Laporte, based at the Toulouse Space Centre, won the Best Paper of Symposium award at Space Ops 2008 for his contribution on operational management of collision risks for CNES satellites in low-Earth orbit. Better risk assessment With the ever-growing population of space debris, the possibility of a debris

USAID Announces New Tool to Provide Weather Alerts in Central America and Caribbean

24June2008. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator Jacqueline E. Schafer announced the introduction of NextStorm, a new tool for severe weather prediction useful in developing countries. This new tool was created through a partnership including USAID, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the

Nano, micro and mini satellites are as efficient in discharging their duties as their larger counterparts

The smooth and flawless launch of eight nano satellites developed by universities from across the world along with two Indian spacecraft in one go by the April 28 path-breaking flight of the four stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), while helping put ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) on par with front-ranking international space agencies, has



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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