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Barents bloom, Sentinel-2A - processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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Earth Observation Network

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Lake Balkhash, Kazakhastan, Sentinel 2 - processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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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Europe Launching Sat Observation System

Europe’s plans to become a space power will see it install a fully-functioning global observation system consisting of 30 satellites by 2014. This system, known as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), will supply the EU with independent environment, climate change and security information reducing the bloc’s dependence on outside sources for information. Once

FP7 Information and Networking day

This is a reminder about our main Information and Networking Day which is organised in Prague on 21 May 2007 by the Information Society and Media Directorate-General with the kind support of the Ministry of the Environment and the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The focus is this event

GMES Conference in Munich

Within the framework of the German EU Presidency, a conference on the European initiative Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) is taking place on Tuesday 2007-04-17 in Munich. Together with Commission Vice-President G¸nter Verheugen the Federal Minister of Transport Wolfgang Tiefensee opened the conference titled The Way to the European Earth Observation System GMES

Interview Spring 2007

Mr. Lars Prahm, EUMETSAT Director General

Bridging the gap between Space and Local and Regional Users

Future Challenges for Local and Regional Authorities: How can Space Technology help?, to be held on 29-30 May 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. The aim of the Eurisy programme dedicated to Local and Regional Authorities is to facilitate the use by European regions and cities of the existing services providing solutions to some of the challenges

New Satellite Coverage for Natural Disasters

The NOAA administrator and the Brazilian ambassador to the United States, joined by dignitaries from Argentina and Brazil, will host a news conference to announce the successful repositioning of a NOAA environmental monitoring and weather observing satellite. South Americans and many millions of other people in the Western Hemisphere will benefit from the shift, which

Govt needs satellite rethink / Plight of Radar No. 1

Keiko Chino / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior Writer One of the government’s four intelligence-gathering satellites has ceased to operate due to a breakdown of its power source, bringing to light many problems that have to be addressed. An official of the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center said while the center has not given up trying to reestablish

Germany Hopes To Unveil EU Space Policy

Despite recent setbacks and a two-year delay in getting an agreement among members, the European Union appears ready to unveil what kind of collective space policy its 27 member nations should pursue. Germany aims to show the first-time European space strategy before its six-month term as EU president expires in July. Though mainly geared to

ISRO To Focus On Societal Projects

India’s space agency will step up investment in projects with societal applications to account for 20 per cent of its budget. It looks to contribute its expertise to interlink rivers and expand the network for telemedicine, tele-education and village resource centres. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhavan Nair said that the budget for

USGS Defines Roles for New Satellite Mission

Scientists and engineers from the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA are moving forward in planning a successor to the Landsat 7 satellite mission. With the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite expected to launch in 2011, the two agencies have announced their roles and responsibilities in mission development, subsystems procurement,

IAF joins project to protect World Heritage sites

The joint ESA/UNESCO Open Initiative to conserve hundreds of natural and cultural World Heritage sites using Earth observation satellites gets additional backing as the International Astronautical Federation joins the growing number of space entities to pledge support to the project. The Open Initiative, agreed upon by ESA and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

New EPSS service for online preparation and submission of FP7 proposals

New online service, called "Electronic Proposal
Submission Service" (EPSS), which is intended to provide a "secure
work space for a consortium to prepare and submit a proposal jointly." (Source Cordis)

Europe and Russia confirm closer space cooperation

Europe and Russia are strengthening their cooperation in space. The Head of the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (Roscosmos), Anatoly Perminov, ESA Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, and European Commission Director General Heinz Zourek met today at Roscosmos in Moscow within the framework of the Tripartite Space Dialogue between the European Commission, European Space Agency and Roscosmos. (Source ESA)

A conference dedicated to Ensuring Sustanability of GMES

A conference of the German EU Council Presidency on 17 April in Munich will be dedicated to Ensuring Sustainability of GMES (Source GMESinfo & BMVBS)

Sinequanet Workshop – March 28, 2007, ESA-ESRIN

Space Intelligence Engineering & Quality Network (Source SINEQUANET)



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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