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Earth Observation Network

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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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New Video Series Gives People a Window into GIS

Twelve videos showing how geographic information system (GIS) technology can help in everything from fighting wildfires to planning for a possible avian flu pandemic will be available this year to GIS Day event organizers.(Credits Spatianews)

ER Mapper UK appoints new General Manager

Cristina Robinson Marras has been appointed the General Manager of ER Mapper UK. (Credits Direectionsmag)

EU-JRC together with EUSC: scientific support

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), together with the EU Satellite Centre (EUSC), is providing scientific support to international donors planning the distribution of aid in Lebanon. (Credits EUROPA)

Intergraph Announces Agreement to be Acquired by an Investor Group

Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR), a leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC and Texas Pacific Group in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion. (Credits Spatialnews)

Mintek joins SA environmental-observation network

Mining researcher Mintek committed itself to strengthening environmental and socioeconomic research in minerals processing and metallurgy by joining forces with the South African Environmental Observation Network (Saeon). (Credits Miningweekly)

New GMES Bureau Head takes up EO challenge

Valere Moutarlier explains how the European Commission??s ?´GMES Bureau?? is developing a federated and structured demand for Earth Observation (EO) data and information, and promoting fast-track GMES services for 2008. (Credits Europa)

Applications & Developments in Commercial Remote Sensing

RSPSoc and Taylor and Francis Events are pleased to announce the launch of the Applications & Developments in Commercial Remote Sensing conference-within-a-conference at this yearís RSPSoc Annual Conference. Running alongside the main technical programme, this two day conference will feature case studies from worldwide users of remote sensing technology. It will explore the way in

China Seeks Int'l Cooperation in Space

China will strengthen cooperation with the international community in the space industry, aiming for the peaceful development of space, a senior Chinese official said Monday 28 August. (Credits Astroexpo)

Cybercity 3D LLC to participate at disaster response demostration

Los Angeles/Zurich, August 16, 2006 ?± CyberCity 3D LLC today announced its participation in Strong Angel III, a collaborative demonstration of civil and military cooperation and communication capabilities put together by a partnership of private companies, government agencies, humanitarian and relief agencies and universities. Hosted by San Diego State University and taking place in San Diego August 21-26, Strong Angel III will field test effective means of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief and rapidly deployable communications systems in the wake of major disasters.
(Credits Cybercity) 

ESA Call for Proposal on the EO GRID Processing-on-Demand environment

The European Space Agency is pleased to announce a new partnership opportunity for conducting Earth Science research activities trough the use of the ESA Earth Observation (EO) Grid Processing-on-Demand (G-POD) environment.

Parliamentarians discuss European Space Policy in Brussels

The Eighth European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) was held at the Belgian Senate in Brussels in June 2006. MPs from 10 European countries met to discuss European Space Policy, emphasising international co-operation, space applications and education.(Credits Europa)

Dstl Technical Workshop on Automatic Change Detection, Malvern, 04-05/10/06

There exist many different algorithmic approaches to the problem of detecting changes in imagery and, through the ever increasing spatial and temporal resolutions available from modern sources, great emphasis has been placed on the development of automated techniques. A great deal of crossover development is being undertaken in disparate research fields (medical imaging, remote sensing, defence etc...) presenting an opportunity for developers to come together to discuss the various approaches and the common problems inherent to the task (lighting and perspective changes for example).

MetOp's launch is scheduled on 7 October 2006

MetOp, the first in the new European series of meteorological satellites in polar orbit, will be launched on 7 October 2006. (Credits Eumetsat)

GMES in brief

A new section presenting GMES in simple terms is now available the GMES.Info website

"Future Approaches to Land Development" (FARLAND)

"Future Approaches to Land Development" (FARLAND) is a transnational network project part-financed by the European Union ? INTERREG IIIC.

South Korea To Launch Arirang-2 EO Satellite

by Staff Writers. Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 18, 2006
South Korea plans to launch a satellite for geographical updates, natural resource searches and environmental observation from a Russian spaceport late this month, government officials have announced. (Credits Spacemart)



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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