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Earth Observation Network

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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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Satellites in Support of World Heritage

(6 December 2005) Last week the historic fortified town of Campeche, in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, was the centre for a Conference on the use of space technologies to conserve the world??s natural and cultural heritage, including UNESCO biosphere reserves. (Credits ESA)

Mr. Glos, Mr Dordain, and Mr Kreuzberg at ESA's Ministerial Conference

ESA PR 57-2005. The Ministers responsible for space in the European
Space Agency's 17 Member States and Canada today concluded a two-day
meeting of ESA's ruling Council in Berlin by deciding on a coherent
plan for discovery and competitiveness for Europe in space.(Credits ESA)

Towards a genuine European Space Policy

On the occasion of the European Space Agency (ESA) Council in Berlin
today, European Commission Vice-President G¬?nter Verheugen called for
an efficient and strong European Space Policy. He highlighted the
already existing tangible aspects of the Commission??s involvement in
space activities. (Credits Europa)

EADS SPACE Acquires Dutch Space

Dutch Space BV, the largest space company in the Netherlands and
leading international space industry supplier joins EADS SPACE,
Europe??s number one in space. In the presence of the Dutch Minister of
Economic Affairs, Mr L.J Brinkhorst, EADS SPACE CEO Fran?Åois Auque and
the CEO of Dutch Space Ben Spee signed the acquisition contract
integrating Dutch Space into the EADS SPACE group of companies. This
transaction confirms EADS' leading role in European space business as
EADS now integrates space industry in five European countries. (Credits

Earth observation in support to the development of Africa

On 7th December 2005, the African partners of the PUMA project
(Preparation for the Use of Meteosat Second Generation in Africa) will
present the results this inititiative funded by the European Commission
during a workshop co-organised by the unit in charge of the Space
Policy at the EC and EUMETSAT. They will also discuss the future of
Earth observation in support to the development of Africa and the link
with the European Space Policy currently under elaboration. (Credits European Communities)

Science for the people

It??s good to see India finally decide on setting up an Earth
Commission: a panel of meteorologists, geo-physicists, oceanographers,
atmospheric and space scientists to study and understand the dynamics
of the monsoon. (Credits The Hindustantimes)

GMES User Workshops on pilot services

The European Commission has recently conducted a series of user workshops to define initial Europe-wide pilot services within the GMES (Global monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative. The three events on Land, Marine and Crisis/Emergency services attracted a well represented user European community, underlining the will to have a first set of services operational by 2008, as requested by the Council of the Member States. (Credits Europa)

The British National Space Centre and DMC join the International Charter

In London on Tuesday, the British National Space Centre (BNSC) formally
became a Partner Agency of the International Charter 'Space and Major
Disasters' on behalf of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC)
Consortium.(Credits ESA)

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security: First concrete steps

On the 10th of November, the European Commission adopted a new
Communication on Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES):
From concept to reality. This Communication that will be on the agenda
of the next European Space Council, plans to introduce the first three
earth observation services: emergency management, land monitoring and
marine services. After GALILEO, the Global Monitoring for Environment
and Security (GMES) has become the second EU flagship in space policy.
(Credits Europa)

International Council for Science: natural disaster mitigation initiative

Recognising that scientific research has 'not lived up to its full
potential in addressing some of society's most pressing concerns', the
International Council for Science (ICSU) has announced a strategic plan
to strengthen science for the benefit of society. (Credits Cordis)

How Europe can benefit from Increased Globalisation of R&D

How Europe can benefit from Increased Globalisation of R&D
Royal Technology-  Forum
Stockholm, 27 October 2005. Janez POTOČNIK, European Commissioner for Science and Research. (Credits Europa)

Implementing European Space Policy: Key ESA/EC agreement on EO data

An agreement on space-based information services and access to, and
provision of, Earth Observation data was signed by ESA and the Joint
Research Centre of the European Commission. The signature took place at
ESRIN, the ESA Earth Observation Centre in Frascati, Italy.(Credits ESA)

Tracking desertification with satellites highlighted at UNCCD COP

With a quarter of the Earth's land surface affected, the United Nations
Convention to Combat Desertification regards desertification as a
worldwide problem. (Credits ESA)

Integration of the New EU Member Countries into the GMES Programme

The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme
will establish an operational capacity in 2008.
It shall integrate space-, air-, ground- and sea-based observation
platforms for regional and global monitoring, providing essential
information for policy- and decision-makers and to European citizens. (Credits EURISY)

ESA tender opportunity opens for the evolution of GMES Services

ESA has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to analyse the evolution
of GMES Services over the next decade. This ITT (05.1AE.08 on the EMITS
system) was issued on 17-Oct and will close on 25-Nov 12:00 am. A
single contract (of 1.5 MEuro maximum, & duration 12 months) is
planned to analyse the evolution of GMES services over the next decade,
assess the requirements arising from this evolution and formulate
designs for operational implementation of service production, delivery
and use. (More info at ESA-EMITS)

Commissioner Potočnik meets new Scientific Council at its inaugural meeting

Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research, will
meet the new 22-member Scientific Council, which has been established
to head up the future European Research Council, at its inaugural
meeting in Brussels today. The European Research Council will fund the
best of European science and scholarship, as assessed by peer review,
starting from 2007. The new Scientific Council - made up of scientists,
engineers, scholars and research leaders ?± will play a key role in
strengthening the quality and autonomy of scientific advice which
underpins the research funding decisions made.(Credits EUROPA-EU)



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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