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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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UK satellite mission to improve accuracy of climate-change measurements gains global support

TRUTHS (Traceable Radiometry Underpinning Terrestrial- and Helio- Studies) is a proposed satellite mission, led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), to improve tenfold the accuracy of earth observation satellites used to deliver climate change data. TRUTHS will launch a calibration laboratory into space to help settle international debates around climate change and provide a robust

ESA GlobModel Workshop

The GlobModel project workshop on Strengthening the Use of Earth Observation in Earth System Modelling, will be held from September 12-13 at ESA–ESRIN. How can EO data play a more prominent role in Earth system modelling for scientific and operational applications? What are the priority applications for future efforts? How should the Development and Exploitation

ESA & Thales Alenia Space complete contract for GMES Sentinel-1

ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain met with Pascale Sourisse, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space, during the Paris Air Show (June 18th ‘ 24th) to sign a contract for the Sentinel-1 spacecraft. The 229 million euro contract calls for the design and development of Sentinel-1, the first of five Earth observation satellites to be

Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland appoints The GeoInformation Group as first Licensed Partner

The GeoInformation® Group, publishers of Cities Revealed aerial photography, announce today its strategic partnership with OSNI (Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland). For many years The GeoInformation Group have been providing Modern and Historic aerial imagery to the public sector in Northern Ireland. The partnership formed with OSNI will further expand the Cities Revealed geographic information portfolio,

GAF AG to conclude AQUIFER project on African transboundary water management supported by Earth observation

Encouraging results enable launch of follow-up project “Geo-Aquifer” GAF AG, an internationally active geo-information technology company located in Munich, Germany, today announces the upcoming completion of the AQUIFER project. The final workshop will take place in Tunis at the beginning of September 2007. AQUIFER is one of the demonstrator projects of ESA’s “Earth observation for

GAF AG to establish a computerized mining title cadastre for Nigeria

Efficient and reliable management of mining titles with SIGTIM GAF AG has been awarded a contract to set-up a new computerised and countrywide mining cadastre system for Nigeria. After the successful completion of contract negotiations GAF has started work on-site in June 2007. The project aims to improve governance in the mining sector, through the

Raytheon Helps Develop IT for Ocean Observatories Initiative

By George Walsh Raytheon Company’s Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) business has been selected as part of a University of California at San Diego-led team to design and construct information technology and networking capabilities for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The program was awarded by the Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc. Raytheon IIS will assist the

Extreme weather monitoring boosted by space sensor

The first soil moisture maps with a spatial resolution of one km are available online for the entire southern African subcontinent. As soil moisture plays an important role in the global water cycle, these maps, based on data from ESA’s Envisat satellite, will lead to better weather and extreme-event forecasting, such as floods and droughts.

Interview Summer 2007

Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Director of the European Environmental Agency (EEA)

Climate Change: Broad Public Debate on Commission Green Paper on Climate change on 3 July

The recent Green Paper published by the European Commission sets out options for EU action to help the process of adaptation to climate change across Europe. Adaptation means taking action to cope with changing climatic conditions, for example by using scarce water resources more efficiently or ensuring the frail and elderly are properly cared for

Why join EARSC?

Joining EARSC is a very efficient way of knowing the status of our industry, getting answers, and being active at defending the development of our business.

Small Satellite Constellations: Opening a New Era in Sustainable Earth Observation

Earth Observation (EO) with satellites has become well established in the last decades, among others the US Landsat series and European ERS-1, ERS-2 and ENVISAT. However, Earth Observation applications have been slow to develop and become commercially viable. However, small low-cost satellites are changing the equation. With a cost one-tenth of the original satellites, and


EARSC gives to Members a powerful voice in Earth Observation policy. We hope that our professional network and external events develop an authoritative position paper on important Earth Observation policy issues and a trusted information resource for the media on all subjects relating to sustainable development. EARSC focuses on the governance and policies of the


EARSC holds a unique place in the co-operation with European Commission on a number of activities concerning Earth Observation links between EO actors. Particularly relevant is the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative, where EARSC participates in the different GMES Working Groups and Plenary meetings and Space policy Consultation workshops, EARSC provides an


EARSC is devoted to promoting the European remote sensing sector applied to Earth Observation and the understanding of our Planet, for Society benefits.

IEEE-SA Seeks Volunteer Members for Work on Earth Observation Standards

The IEEE Committee on Earth Observations Standards working group (ISWG) is seeking volunteers to participate in standards-related tasks designed to progress the Group on Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The IEEE is one of more than 40 international organizations that are part of GEOSS óa global Earth Observation System that, over the next decade,



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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