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Discover the largest European
Earth Observation Network

Our Members

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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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ESA leads endeavour to save Earth Science data

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

Astrium Eyes Raising Stakes in SpotImage, Hisdesat

Astrium Services is looking to up its stakes in geospatial information provider SpotImage and milsatcom operator Hisdesat as part of a plan to meld its space-based milsatcom, remote sensing and navigation capabilities into a family of integrated satellite services.

OECD: World must act on climate change

The most recent OECD’s Environmental Outlook to 2030 says that global efforts to tackle the main environmental challenges – climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and risks to human health – are achievable and affordable. At least, the global efforts to be done are more affordable than the global cost of inaction.

UK Local Government Data Provides Model for European Standards

Britain is taking a leading role in the standardisation of public information in Europe after local government-backed national property and street ID coding systems were chosen from many submitted from across Europe.

Developing Countries Get Help to Cope with Climate Change

Assistance for developing countries to manage water resources, combat drought, and measure climate change will be forthcoming under a new agreement signed today by the World Bank and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

Space Sentinels: New Tools In Space To Improve European Environment And Security Policies

ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and European Commission Director General for Enterprise and Industry Heinz Zourek today signed in Brussels an agreement which establishes the allocation of an EC budget of 624 million euros to ESA as a contribution to the implementation of the GMES Space Component (GSC)

Security and the environment: new satellites to spur earth observation

ew satellites will soon reinforce the performance of the GMES earth observation system (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), further to an agreement signed in Brussels today by the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain and Heinz Zourek, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry Policy.

Leica Image Manager Selected by the Netherlands Province

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging today announced that Flevoland Province of the Netherlands will implement Leica Image Manager.

SMOS: Helping Europe respond to climate change

To help address climate change, 2008 will see the launch of Europe’s SMOS satellite. SMOS, which stands for soil moisture and ocean salinity, is designed to map these elements with unprecedented accuracy. Three-quarters of the globe is covered in water and its influence is felt everywhere. It’s not only oceans, rivers and lakes that affect

Infoterra Group expands into Spain

Astrium, ICC and Hisdesat join forces to strengthen Earth observation service provision

Astrium-led consortium implements a new national disaster management system for Indonesia

Astrium has announced that the consortium it is heading, which also includes Infoterra France and IGN France International, has successfully completed a new crisis management system at the National Disaster Management Centre in Jakarta and at three regional centres based in Jakarta, Padang and Banda Aceh.

EO User Service Next Generation Project (EO USNG)

Improving access to ESA Earth Observation Data and Products

LAPAN evaluates satellite mission

JAKARTA: National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN) is holding a seminar in Bogor on Thursday to evaluate the one-year mission of the LAPAN–TUBSAT satellite and prepare for the construction of its next generation. The LAPAN–TUBSAT satellite was launched on Jan. 10, 2007, at the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) in Sriharikota, India, as an auxiliary

WMO strengthens satellite strategy to monitor climate change

Hi-tech efforts to better understand global warming have been strengthened after the world’s space and meteorological agencies gave their support to a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) strategy for the enhanced use of satellites to monitor climate change and weather.



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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