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

Discover the largest European
Earth Observation Network

Our Members

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

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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Information Day: FP7 Specific Program Collaboration

"Earth Observation under priority 6 Environment"
15th January 2007
Centre A.Borschette - Rue Froissard 36, 1040 Brussels, Belgium (Source Cordis)

Indian Rocket Launches Cartosat 2 into Orbit

An Indian rocket successfully orbited a cache of four satellites Wednesday in the first space launch of the year 2007.(Source

Have your say on the British space strategy

9 January 2007. A public consultation on the future of British space strategy was launched today. Source BNSC

ESA launches new project to protect biodiversity

The world's biodiversity is vanishing at an unprecedented rate ?± around 100 species every day ?± due to factors such as land use change and pollution. Addressing this threat, world governments agreed through the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to reduce significantly the current rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. To support this initiative, ESA has kicked off its new DIVERSITY project. (Source ESA)

Sinequanet Workshop – Germany March 8, 2007

In November 2005, ESA and the European Commission launched Sinequanet. The objective is to build a network able to organise, structure & deliver access to technical facilities, expert support; and training services specifically aimed at the needs of high-technology SMEs who are currently supply, or are looking to enter, the European space industry. (Source Sinequanet)

The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development

FP7 was adopted by the Council on 18 December 2006. The programme will start on 1 January 2007. First Calls for proposals were published on 22 December 2006. (Source GMES Info)

FP7 is underway!

Interview with Janez Potocnik, European Science and Research
Commissioner (Source Europa)

FP7 Information Days

List of FP7 events and links which might be of interest to EO Industry from DG INFSO (Source Cordis)

OGC(R) and Web3D Consortium Agree to Advance Joint Standards

December 19, 2006. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) and the Web3D Consortium signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to cooperatively advance standards to support web-based 3D visualization, modeling and simulation.(Source Spatialnews)

OGC Announces Invitation to Qualify for Interoperability Program "IP Team"

The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC�) has posted an OGC "Invitation to Qualify" (ITQ) for the OGC Interoperability Program (OGC IP) Pool [].

Writing FP7 proposals

Two workshops on how to write a successful project proposal for the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will take place on 7 and 8 February, in Brussels, Belgium. (Source Cordis)

GMES Atmosphere Service

The GMES Atmosphere Service Workshop was held on 6 and 7 December at the Belgian Academy Palace in Brussels. The workshop was attended by over 100 participants from 27 countries, several European Commission Directorates General (Environment, Joint Research Centre, Research, Transport and Energy, Enterprise and Industry), European agencies and organisations, such as ECMWF, EEA, ESA, EUMETSAT, as well as key projects funded through European Commission 6th Framework Programme and ESA GMES Service Element activities (GEMS and PROMOTE). (Source GMES.Info)

UK Space Policy

RAS informs Parliamentary Committee of its concern with the poor level of coordination and effectiveness of the current policy. (Source Scienific Frontline)

Council presents strategic priorities for innovation

The Competitiveness Council became the second EU institution to set out strategic priorities for strengthening innovation in Europe. (Source Cordis)

Green light for FP7 framework research programme for 200

Green light for seventh framework research programme for 2007-2013 The European Parliament gave the go-ahead for the EU’s research and development funding for the period 2007-2013, when MEPs adopted 10 reports relating to the 7th Framework Research Programme (FP7). This programme, the EU’s main instrument for funding scientific research, will have a budget of more



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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