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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

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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eovox: opening a window for the future

eoVox is an opportunity for all companies to voice their viewpoint on the future of the European and Canadian EO service industry. (Credits eoVox)

Satellites support businesses working for sustainable development

Corporate Sustainable Development (CSD) - also referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility - is now at the heart of business practices. (Credits ESA)

eoVox: Strengthening the Voice of the European/Canadian EO Industry

Background ** The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently concluded an in-depth survey of the European and Canadian EO service industry. Some 75 small Value-Adding Companies (VACs) participated in the survey to produce the most detailed picture to date on the state and health of this industry sector. One of the results that emerge is

Ships make clouds brighter and higher close to European harbors

In the year 2001, ships consumed 280 million metric tonnes [310 million
short tons] of fuel, compared to only 64.5 million tonnes [71.1 million
short tons] in 1950. (Credits at eurekalert)

Japan's ALOS in orbit: ESA will deliver its data to European researchers

ALOS, Japan's latest Earth Observation satellite, was successfully
launched at 02:33 CET (10:33 Japan time) on 24 January. Environmental
data and imagery from ALOS will be provided to European and African
users through a cooperative agreement between ESA and the Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). (Credits ESA)

Budget delay hits European space

The joint European Union/European Space Agency space programme will not
be agreed until 2007 ?± more than a year later than planned. (Credits Flight International)

Call for Proposals within FP6- IST, Tsunami Early Warning Systems

The EU has published a Call for Proposals within the IST Priority of
FP6, related to Tsunami Early Warning Systems (TEWS). (Credits Cordis)

Interview Winter 2005/2006

Interview with Mr. Marco Malacarne- Head of Unit for Space research and applications at European Commission

British Technology Firm to Go Public

PARIS ?? British defense and space technology company QinetiQ Group plc
expects to raise 150 million British pounds ($265 million) in gross
proceeds following a planned February introduction of shares on the
London Stock Exchange, the company announced Jan. 12. (P. de Selding, Space News)

EURISY: Integration of the New EU Member Countries into the GMES Programme

The Warsaw Conference on ?¨Integration of the new EU Member Countries
into the GMES Programme?Æ was attended by around 160 experts from space
and user institutions, infrastructure and service industry, research
centers and academia. More than 40% of the audience was from outside
the space sector, and about half of the participants came from new
Member Countries.(Credits EURISY)

EARSC welcomes 16 new Members!

EARSC Board is glad to welcome 16 new Companies and Organizations in
our Association. On EARSC behalf, we are certain that new Members will
contribute actively to the aims of EARSC enthusiastically

Forum on Earth Observations II: Managing Risk in the 21st Century

Register now for the Forum on Earth Observations II: Managing Risk in
the 21st Century, to be held Feb. 15-16 in La Jolla, Calif. Info at ForumOnEo

Sustainable development review: weak on ambition and targets

14 December 2005 - The European Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS)
was agreed at the European Council in Gothenburg in 2001. In the run-up
to the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, the EU
also adopted a communication on the external dimension of SD to
integrate the global aspects of this strategy.(Credits

A Reporting Service for Environment and Development Negotiations

The eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the first Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 1) took place in Montreal, Canada, from 28 November to 10 December 2005. The event drew 9500 participants, including 2800 government officials, over 5800 representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, and 817 accredited members of the media. (Credits IISD)

Providing GMES services at the ends of the Earth?±interview with Dr Randell

Receiving strong backing from ESA member states at this week's
Ministerial Conference in Berlin, Global Monitoring for Environment and
Security (GMES) is a joint initiative between ESA and the European
Commission to combine ground- and space-based observations to develop
an integrated environmental monitoring capability to benefit European
citizens. (Credits ESA)

Integration of the New EU Member Countries into the GMES Programme

Eurisy, in collaboration with the Space Research Centre of the Polish
Academy of Sciences, the European Commission, ESA, CNES, and DLR, is
organizing a conference on the ?¨Integration of the new EU Member
Countries into the GMES Programme?Æ on December 12-14 2005 in Warsaw.
(Credits Eurisy)



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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