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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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First Egyptian scientific satellite in orbit

Egyptian authorities announced that they intend to launch the first Egyptian scientific satellite by the end of 2007 ( Source Spacedaily)

Sinequanet Workshop Programme, London, UK, December 8, 2006

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. Ultimately, the aim is to reinforce the profitable flow of innovation into and out of the European space technology business. (Source Sinequanet)

Announcement SPREEX Coordination Action Workshop on Oil Spill Response

The mid-term workshop of the Coordination Action SPREEX dealing with Oil Spill Response preparedness and efficiency research needs, includes the presentation of summaries of the State of the Art reports prepared along the first year of the Coordination Action, on OSR issues, that includes in WP 3.

Provision of NWS Info in Geospatial Format

The NWS seeks user input as it evolves its geographical data services.
To advance the environmental information enterprise, NOAA/NWS will provide information in forms accessible to the public as well as underlying data in forms convenient to additional processing, to the extent practicable and within resource constraints. (Source US National Weather Service)

GEO Plenary Meetings

The GEO Plenary is the official decision-making forum of GEO and meets at least once annually. (Source Earth Observations)

ESA joins UN climate talks in Kenya

The United Nations annual summit on climate change this week in Nairobi, Kenya, seeks to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol strategy, which becomes obsolete in 2012, to restrict emissions of heat-trapping gases that drive climate change. ESA joins the activities to share results of its satellite-based Kyoto-supporting services. (Source ESA)

Climate change:Commission looks for progress from UN ministerial conference

The European Commission will be seeking further global progress in the battle against climate change at the annual United Nations climate change conference which starts in Nairobi today and runs until 17 November. European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas will participate in the high-level segment from 15-17 November. (Source Europa-EU)

Australia And China To Put Eyes In The Sky To Monitor Climate Change

CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (CASM) have signed a research agreement in Beijing today to collaborate on China's resource mapping satellite program.(Source Spacemart)

Russia's Federal space program takes first steps

MOSCOW. (Yury Zaitsev for RIA Novosti) Russia’s 2006-2015 federal space program includes more than 20 projects devoted to fundamental scientific research. Nevertheless, it has not yet orbited any specialized scientific payloads except for Resurs-DK1, an earth-observation satellite launched this year to perform high-resolution remote observations of the Earth. Its launch was postponed many times. Developed

MapInfo Appoints John O'Hara to Executive Vice President, International

MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq: MAPS), the leading global provider of location intelligence solutions, today announces the appointment of John O'Hara to Executive Vice President of International Operations. (Source Spatialnews)

Andras Roboz ?± bringing space down to earth

Andras Roboz joined DG Enterprise as Head of Unit for Space Policy and Coordination in September 2006. (Source EU Space)

Marcoast Oil Service for Baltic

The MarCoast Oil Service for Baltic was kicked off the 10 October 2006. MarCoast is a project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) under the GMES GSE program where the aim is to establish sustainable marine and coastal information services. (Source Ksat)

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) extended to Africa

On the eve of EUMETSAT??s 7th African User Forum in Maputo, Mozambique, representatives from the African Union, of the ACP Secretariat and of the 5 African Regional Economic Groupings (CEMAC, ECOWAS, IGAD, IOC and, SADC) have signed a joint declaration calling the European Commission to plan for an extension of its Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative to include Africa.(Source Eumetsat)

Interview Autumn 2006

Mr. Jean-Claude Michaca from ORACLE Corporation

Future Challenges for Local & Regional Authorities:How can Space

16 ñ 17 April 2007 – Barcelona, Spain FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT Co-organised with by BAIE , CTAE, EARSC, Universitat PolitÈcnica de Catalunya and Co-sponsored by Ajuntament de Barcelona and Generalitat de Catalunya Aims of the Conference Local and regional Authorities are confronted with new challenges which require careful planning and effective use of new technologies: monitoring

Open review process: eoVox Stakeholders Consultation Workshop

The eoVox Consortium held a one-day workshop dedicated to the common interests of the Earth Observation value adding industry, at ESA-ESRIN on the 14 September 2006 in Frascati, Italy. (Source eoVOX)



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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