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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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Microsoft Acquires One of Europe’s Top Online Map, Multimap

Acquisition of Multimap will help Microsoft deliver new, expanded services on the Web.

Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs: frequently asked questions

Part One: The Commission’s December 2007 Strategic Report What are the main conclusions of the Commission’s report? First, European and national level reforms are delivering results and contributing to growth and jobs at present and for the future. The national Implementation Reports demonstrate that Member States have taken many of the necessary steps to implement

Africa focuses on GMES

The ‘Lisbon Declaration on GMES and Africa’ has been adopted at a meeting of organisations and governmental European and African bodies and entities under the aegis of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Lisbon, Portugal. The Lisbon Declaration falls under the wider framework of the Africa-European Union (EU) Partnership on

Summary report of briefing to EO industry now available

The report summarising the main outcomes from the 4th October “Briefing to European EO Service Industry on the planning of future ESA EO exploitation activities (2008 – 2012)” is available here for download. Briefing Summary Report Further comments/feedback on the future EO exploitation activities (EOEP-3) presented are welcome. Please send them by e-mail to

Successful Launch of COSMO-Skymed 2 satellite

Scheduled to be launched in the first three months of 2008, the COSMO-SkyMed 2 satellite has been finally put in orbit on 9th December 2007 from the American Air Force Base of Vandenberg on the coast of California. The COSMO-Skymed system, funded by the Italian Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Research, while the

Meteosat Third Generation On Track

ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Dr Volker Liebig, and Eumetsat Director General, Dr Lars Prahm, have exchanged letters to document the understanding achieved between the two organisations on co-operation and co-ordination regarding the approval process of the respective Meteosat Third Generation programmes.

SA boosts earth observation

South Africa’s earth observation capabilities have been given a boost with the establishment of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), which will gather various data to ensure better management of existing resources and promote sustainable development.

IAP Information Day – 15 Jan 2008, Brussels

The aim of THE INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS PROMOTION (IAP) INITIATIVE is to promote the development of Integrated Applications using a combination of space capabilities and delivering new services to citizens. The objective of the Information Day is twofold: – to inform industry (space and non-space) on the Integrated Application Promotion (IAP) initiative – to open a

Opening public procurement to SMEs

The public procurement market in the EU – covering all levels of government and public agencies – is estimated to be worth around one-sixth of total GDP in the EU. This represents a huge market, and one from which Europe’s SMEs ought to be deriving a significant share. Yet although SMEs are not specifically excluded, the procedures and practices used in many tenders have the effect of disadvantaging SMEs over larger competitors. This situation is expected to improve with the ongoing implementation by Member States of the 2004 Directives reforming public procurement rules. The European Commission is further contributing to the process by pooling Member States and stimulating the exchange and dissemination of SME friendly practices.

EU projects set out forest fire recommendations

Now the partners of the European PREVIEW and RISK-EOS projects have analysed the devastating events of the summer. The report looks at the tools and services developed by the projects, some of which were trialled in Greece during the fires

Global Environmental System Could Significantly Cut Disaster Toll

A new global Earth observation system, that could save lives in disasters such as the recent cyclone in southern Bangladash, is being reviewed at a ministerial-level summit in Cape Town this week. VOA’s Delia Robertson in Johannesburg has this report.

EU agrees to publicly fund Galileo satellite project

The Galileo positioning system, which is a European Union project, that, when completed, will be a global navigational satellite system and, thus, a competitor of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). It will be funded with public funds after private investors refused to further fund the project.

China to establish earth-observation center to develop geomatics technologies

China’s national science think tank said on Wednesday it would establish a key scientific center for earth observation that would develop geomatics technologies, which are increasingly important in the country’s development. Geomatics technologies have been widely applied in several areas of China’s development, such as energy and resources, environment, oceanic and weather observation and city

Satellite "sentinels" to help track climate cahnges

A European project to monitor the continent’s climate from space could provide a boost in the fight against climate change.



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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