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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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Industry Leaders Support Organization's Commitment to Geospatial Interoperability

at the annual Geoint 2007 Symposium, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that Microsoft Corporation has joined the consortium as a Principal Member. Government agencies worldwide are realizing the power of geospatial applications to meet their missions in ways that are unprecedented – from public safety applications to famine and hunger relief. According to

Summit "Global Earth Observation"

Reducing humanity’s vulnerability to disasters and environmental change

Presentations and feedback for 4th October Briefing to Industry

A very fruitful “Briefing to European EO Service Industry on the planning of future ESA EO exploitation activities (2008 – 2012)” took place at ESRIN last 4th October. The meeting hosted more than 100 people from ESA member states, new countries participating to EOEP-3 and countries participating in the PECS (Plan for European Cooperating States)

UK Takes Over Helm Of International Charter

The British National Space Centre supported by Disaster Monitoring Constellation International Imaging Ltd have taken over the rotating six-month leadership of the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’, a joint initiative by global space agency members to provide emergency response satellite data free of charge to rescue authorities responding to major natural or man-made disasters anywhere in the world.

Interview Autumn 2007

Mr. Gerard Brachet, chairman of the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)

Nigeria: Engineers Build Own Satellite

Hamisu Muhammad A first satellite called NX2 designed and manufactured solely by Nigerian engineers will be launched side by side with NIGERIASAT-2 in the last quarter of 2009, Nigerian minister of science and technology has said. Speaking after a visit to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), United Kingdom, Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Grace

EOmag 11

EARSC Newsletter. Issue 11 at EOMAG

ESRI Geoinformatik and Intermap Technologies Partner to Serve Germany’s Geospatial Community

ESRI Geoinformatik, GmbH and Intermap Technologies Corp. are teaming up to enable Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users to gain access to mapping data, applications, and solutions based on Intermap’s highly-accurate 3D elevation data and ESRI’s GIS and Mapping software.

A new milestone in the GMES Space Component Programme successfully achieved

ESA PR 30-2007. ESA’s Member States participating in the GMES Programme approved the transition to Phase-2 of Segment 1 of the GMES Space Component Programme. Oversubscription of the programme by the ESA Council at ministerial level in 2005 was confirmed, with oversubscription to phase 2 of 116%, giving a total amount of €500 million. This

SSE Service Providers Workshop 2-3 October 2007, ESA/ESRIN Frascati, Rome

ESA is operating since two years the Service Support Environment (SSE – ), which offers to EO (Earth Observation) Service and Data Providers alike the opportunity to prototype, test and provide simple or orchestrated EO and GIS related services, keeping full control of processes and IPR. ESA wishes to invite current and potential Service

Fast-track to competitive business: European Commission proposes Joint Programme with Member States for research-intensive small companies

R&D-performing Small and Medium-sized companies (SMEs) are the entrepreneurial stars of Europe. Responding to their specific needs, the Commission has adopted today EUROSTARS, a new Joint Programme with 27 EUREKA countries to finance R&D partnerships with research-performing SMEs. In addition to the Commission contribution of EUR 100 million, 22 EU Member states1 and 5 countries

European Commission demands better use of European research, innovation and cohesion funding

If the European Union is going to promote the economic and social development of all its Member States, it is essential that the various sources of funding that can support this are used in a coherent way. In a policy paper presented today, the European Commission offers guidance to national and regional authorities on how

briefing to European Industry on the planning of ESA EO Exploitation future activities (2008-2012) – OCTOBER 4th

A 1-day briefing will be held at ESRIN on 04-Oct-2007 in order to help shape the next five years’ activities within ESA exploitation programs : EO Market Development (EOMD) and Data User Element (DUE). In the morning, ESA will present the current status and future planning of activities (2008-2012). The afternoon will be an opportunity

Project to monitor climate change in the Arctic

With what happens to ice and snow in the Arctic having a direct effect on Europe’s climate, a new research project is keeping a close eye on climate change in this coldest of regions. The goal of the EuroCryoClim project will be to develop an operational and sustainable system capable of monitoring climate changes in

EUMETSAT intensifies cooperation with China Meteorological Administration

EUMETSAT’s bilateral relationship with the China Meterological Administration (CMA) is becoming closer with the planned start of the operational exchange of meteorological data on a trial basis starting in early September. The plan was discussed during the visit by a senior delegation from the CMA to EUMETSAT on 28 August. The Chinese delegation, led by

ISU: Space solutions to Earth´s global challenges

Our 12th Annual Symposium in early 2008, proclaimed
by the United Nations as The International
Year of Planet Earth, will emphasize the benefits of the
space program for society. This time we are asking the
question ‘How can space address Earth’s global challenges
in the 21st century?’



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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