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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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GMES Sentinel-2 satellite contract signed

ESA PR 24-2008. The European Space Agency and Astrium today signed a €195 million contract to provide the first Sentinel-2 earth observation satellite, devoted to monitoring the land environment, as part of the European GMES programme. As prime contractor, Astrium is responsible for the design, development and integration of the satellite, which will perform a high-end multi-spectral optical imaging mission.

Eurostars research funding for SMEs

Eurostars is a EUR 400-million Europe-wide programme set up to fund SME-driven research and development (R&D) activities in 24 of the EU’s Member States, plus Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. The programme is open to consortia of research-oriented enterprises from these 29 countries. Eurostars is open for continuous funding applications, with an average of two submission deadlines each year. The next deadline for submissions is 21 November 2008.

Safe guarding Earth's data

The amount of information being generated about our planet is increasing at an exponential rate but, say the European Space Agency, it must be easily accessible in order to apply it to the global needs relating to the state of the Earth.

Thales Alenia Space Wins Euro 305 M Sentinel-3 Contract

Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a 305 million Euro contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to supply the Sentinel-3 Earth observation satellite for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program.

Contract Signed For ESA's Sentinel-3 Earth Observation Satellite

The European Space Agency and Thales Alenia Space today signed a €305 million contract to provide the first Sentinel-3 earth observation satellite, devoted to oceanography and land-vegetation monitoring, as part of the European GMES programme.

ERDAS IMAGINE 9.2 Application Products and License Servers Support Microsoft Windows Vista

ERDAS, Inc. announces the full support of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system in ERDAS IMAGINE 9.2. Microsoft Windows Vista is fully supported throughout the entire ERDAS IMAGINE suite of software products, including IMAGINE AutoSync, IMAGINE DeltaCue and IMAGINE InSAR.

The ESA-FAO GEOportal – Operational Gateway to GEOSS

(April 11) The GEOportal is one of the three candidates developed in response to a set of requirements from the GEO Secretariat aiming at the implementation of a GEO Web Portal serving the GEO User Community.

Indian space technology needs a boost

Integrated observation system consisting of both land and space technology can go a long way in establishing India’s credibility in the international space programme scenario, said K Kasturirangan, Rajyasabha member and former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) here on Tuesday while addressing the concluding function of golden jubilee celebrations of the National Environmental Engineering

Blue Marble’s Geographic Calculator Supports INSPIRE Parameters

Blue Marble Geographics ( announces new support for the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) parameters, including the Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) Irish Grid polynomial datum transformation definition.

2008 Geospatial Technology Report Is Available

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced the publication of the 2008 Geospatial Technology Report.

First Satellite Application Facility (SAF) Products available via the EUMETSAT Archive

(April 8). EUMETSAT reached an important milestone on 2 April by integrating the first set of metadata describing SAF products into its Operational Archive, allowing Users to query and order SAF products via the EUMETSAT Archive Web services.

Com Dev To Develop Payload Equipment For Asian Observational Satellite

Com Dev International Ltd. will develop components for an Earth observation satellite being developed by an unnamed Asian customer, Com Dev announced April 4.

Satellite images reveal collapsing ice shelf

Taiwan’s FORMOSAT-2 satellite is playing an integral role in assisting the international scientific community monitor the breakup of an ice shelf in Antarctica by providing detailed real-time images of the phenomenon, which began Feb. 28.

ESA to study forest fires from orbit

A new ESA study aims to deduce better ways of characterising the devastation caused by fires. It will develop computer techniques to improve the already existing methods of interpreting satellite data that shows burnt areas on the surface of the Earth.

Announcing the new ERDAS, The Earth to Business Company

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging today announced that it has changed its name to ERDAS, Inc. Recently making several acquisitions, the combined company is reintroducing the ERDAS name and will do business under this name moving forward.



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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