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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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Astrium to supply radar instrument for the “Space Sentinel”

Astrium is writing another chapter in its space radar success story: Following the radar instruments for the ERS1/2, Envisat and Metop satellites, the company is to develop and build the latest imaging radar for an ESA satellite. The devel-opment and delivery contract is to be signed in Friedrichshafen today by Massimo Di Laz-zaro, Senior Vice

PCI Geomatics to support satellites WorldView-1 and TerraSAR-X along with improvements for ALOS

PCI Geomatics to support satellites WorldView-1 and TerraSAR-X along with improvements for ALOS

Infoterra France Seals Technology Deal with Google

Infoterra France Seals Technology Deal with Google Toulouse, France, November 15th, 2007 – Infoterra France, a leading provider of geo-information products and services for managing the development, environment and security of our changing world, has landed an agreement with popular search engine Google, to provide them with a unique image processing technology that will be

Chinese put up hush-hush observation satellite

China orbited a secretive Earth observation satellite during an unannounced launch Sunday from the Taiyuan space center in the northern part of the nation. Liftoff of the Yaogan 3 satellite was at 2248 GMT (5:48 p.m. EST) Sunday, or in the predawn hours Monday morning at the launch site. The Long March 4C booster left

The MINEO Project: Earth Observation of mine pollution in Europe

The MINEO Project: Earth Observation of mine pollution in Europe Stuart Marsh, Head of Remote Sensing, British Geological Survey Europe has a history of mining activity that dates back to prehistoric times. Whole regions are affected by the results of this activity, and also by the more recent industrialised phase of mine development. Increasingly, the

Central Networks signs 3-year licence agreement for GeoPerspectives aerial photography

Photography will support adherence to new BERR requirements under ESQC regulations

Melting ice to threaten shipping

During the last 25 years, satellites have been observing the Arctic and have witnessed reductions in the minimum ice extent. At the end of summer in the early 1980s this area measured approximately 8 million km²; now in 2007, this area has massively shrunk to a historic minimum of less than 4.24 million km² according to observations made by the ESA’s Envisat satellite. This change will have serious consequences for shipping in the arctic.

Satellite Imagery is Now Commonplace – So What’s Next?

Businesses and Consumers Desire Ground Level Images of Objects and Structures Seen in Satellite Photos

'Sentinels' to help fight climate battle?

Source A European project to monitor the continent’s climate from space could provide a boost in the fight against climate change. The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security project (GMES) will eventually consist of five satellites – or ‘sentinels’ – which will monitor different climate elements. The project has been jointly developed by the European

BULGARISK: Satellite imagery supporting operational hazard management in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is highly exposed to natural and man-made hazards, as evidenced by repeated flooding and pollution in the Danube river basin, earthquakes, fires, and pollution in the Black Sea. As Europe is working to organize the security and defence of its populations and monitor the environment through the GMES programme, the increasingly frequent disasters that

EARSC EVENT 2008:Is GMES an opportunity for the service industry? March 2008 – Brussels, Belgium

GMES has been hailed since 1998 and the Baveno Declaration as one of the flagships of Europe not only as a giant step forward in the monitoring of the environment but also as a key political framework and a possible boost to Europe in terms of scientific and technology advances as well as in terms

Experts urge UK to back climate change satellite

Climate change monitoring satellite could warn businesses of flooding and aid insurance industry risk calculations, yet the government is flip-flopping on the EU initiative

Tele Atlas Gives TomTom One Week to Counter Garmin

Tele Atlas NV is giving its original merger suitor, TomTom, a week to match Garmin’s counter merger bid. Tele Atlas said that it had received Garmin’s proposal, and that its management and supervisory boards “have concluded that the Garmin proposal qualifies as a superior proposal, as defined in the TomTom agreement.” It further said it

ANUSAT to help Anna University conduct leak-free exams

Anna University is constructing its own satellite ANUSAT to conduct not only leak-free exams but also to foster interest in Earth observation and space technology among students and faculty and to provide hands-on training for all aspects of spacecraft building and operations support. With the development of this project, the varsity has become the first

Public view: INSPIRE Draft Implementing Rules

The INSPIRE Draft Implementing Rules for Metadata
(version 3) are now available for public view and

Roadmap for calibration and validation

The volume of data acquired by more than 50 Earth Observation satellites is increasing at an exponential rate and is providing unprecedented synoptic views of our planet. Because these satellites often use different methodologies, using data for trend analysis and environmental monitoring can be difficult, making it essential to establish globally recognised guidelines for Calibration



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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