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Earth Observation Network

Our Members

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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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Eruption of Mt. Etna: GOME-2 sensor tracks plume from Europe to Asia

Mount Etna is a stratovolcano located on the Italian island of Sicily. Being Europe’s highest and most active volcano, it is one of the best monitored volcanoes worldwide and has the world’s longest documented records of volcanism starting 1500 BC. Two typical eruptive styles occur at Etna, persistent explosive eruptions, sometimes with minor lava emissions

INSPIRE and Other SDI Presentations Available as Free Downloads from 1Spatial Website

Following the success of the recent free INSPIRE seminar and metadata workshop, 1Spatial is pleased to announce that the seminar presentations are now freely available to download.

BMT Group expands marine insight in union with ARGOSS

BMT Group Ltd announced its acquisition of ARGOSS, a leading specialist provider of marine environmental information services, using satellite observations, meteorological and oceanographic data.

AO – Innovative Research and Development of Applications Using RADARSAT-1

(Opening date: 30 April – Closing date: 30 May). The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), in cooperation with the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has agreed to launch an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for researching new developments in the application of RADARSAT-1 data and innovative mapping approaches to better understand the dynamics of hurricane genesis, morphology and movement.

SPOT Image Provides Digital Elevation Model Data to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

SPOT Image Corporation has been providing its Reference3D® Digital Elevation Data (DEM) to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to supplement an important global foundation elevation data set that the Agency has been producing since 2002. The SPOT data is used to supplement data collected during the February 2000 Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) Space Shuttle

Cartosat 2a Puts The World In High Resolution For Indian Government

High quality imageries acquired from Cartosat-2A and Indian Mini Satellite-1 (IMS-1) were presented to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in Delhi by Dr G Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO along with a team of senior scientists. It may be recalled that Cartosat-2A and IMS-1 were successfully launched by PSLV-C9 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota on April 28, 2008.

GMES Marine Service to ensure the continuation of GlobColour

(6th May 2008) The Earth’s oceans play a vital role in the carbon cycle, given that the well understanding of the marine biological activity helps to predict how our planet will react to the annually decreasing of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Announcement BARSC event: New sensors and perspectives in data policy.

London 12 June 2008. The event is being sponsored by BNSC, and will provide an excellent networking opportunity for industry and the scientific community.

The GeoInformation Group celebrates 10 years of innovation and success

The GeoInformation® Group, publishers of Cities Revealed aerial photography (, announce today that this year it is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The company was established in April 1998 following a management buy out from Pearson Publishing. Dr Seppe Cassettari and Dr Alun Jones joined forces to become the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director respectively. The company has since grown to a staff of twenty in the Cambridge-based headquarters and a further forty staff in the production centre in South Africa.

European fund to support post – 2012 climate projects

(29th April 2008) The European Investment Bank (EIB) and four other public financing institutions have launched a €125 million fund to boost investment in clean energy projects that are to generate carbon credits after 2012.

New programmes provide huge support for SMEs

This is a great time for SMEs to be exploring research opportunities in Europe. By signing up to the new Eurostars Programme, you’ll have a great opportunity to drive leading international collaborations.

Bird's Eye View of a Refugee's World

Google Earth’s new mapping programme takes you on a virtual reality tour with the UN refugee agency of some of the world’s major displacement crises and the humanitarian efforts aimed at helping the victims.

General Dynamics Selected By NASA To Build The Spacecraft For The Landsat Data Continuity Mission

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been selected by NASA to build the spacecraft for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM).

Planetek Italia Announces New Series of ERDAS Workshops

Planetek Italia S.r.l. announces a new series of ERDAS Workshops in Italy, with its first workshop entitled “What’s New in ERDAS Solutions.” This workshop will be held May 6, 2008 at the University of Tor Vergata, in Rome, Italy.

New Atlases Use NASA Data To Chart Ocean Winds

Several new atlases of ocean wind patterns around the globe, based on data from NASA’s QuikScat satellite, are benefiting a wide range of users, from those who sail the seas to those responsible for managing their precious resources.



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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