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

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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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EU seeks to bridge economy-environment divide

The European Commission is to create a new high-level group on
competitiveness, energy and environment by the end of this year. The EU
executive announced the initiative on Wednesday as part of a new
industrial policy for Europe. (Credits ENDS Environment Daily)

integrated industrial policy: create conditions for manufacturing to thrive

In the face of globalisation and intense international competition, the
European Commission has launched a new industrial policy to create
better framework conditions for manufacturing industries in the coming
years. (Credits DG- Enterprise & Industry)

International Charter on 'Space & Major Diasters' completes 5 years

The International Charter on 'Space and Major Disasters', a cooperation
initiative created between the European Space Agency (ESA), the
National Centre on Space Studies of France (CNES) and the Canadian
Space Agency (CSA) has completed five years. (International Charter)

Meeting with space industry

Following one of the recommendations contained in the Communication on?Æ
European Space Policy: Preliminary Elements?Æ of 23 May 2005 and in
compliance with orientations of the second Space Council, the Unit in
charge of Space Policy within Directorate General Enterprise and
Industry has organised a consultation of a panel of industrialists. The
panel of industry representatives was including participants from all
types of companies: large system integrators, SMEs, operators, service
companies, added value services providers, ...). (Credits Europa)

Earth science community wants more Earth Explorers

Following the Call for Ideas for the next Earth Explorer Core missions,
a total of 24 proposals had been submitted by the deadline in August.
This clearly shows that there is massive interest from the scientific
community in ESA's Living Planet Programme and that Earth Explorers are
providing the community with a host of new tools to forward their
scientific agenda. (Credits at ESA)

EU-FP7 programme

The Specific Programmes under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. (Credits at Europa)

Virtual tour at ESA-ESRIN
A new site launched today takes a fresh look at ESRIN, ESA??s centre in
Italy. Learn more about the activities taking place here in Frascati
and enjoy a virtual tour of the site by visiting

Reaching out to the New EU Member States:Cooperation on Applied EO/GMES

This Conference, hosted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will
provide a forum to discuss the potentials of enhanced cooperation in
applied earth observation (EO) in Germany and the new EU Member States.
(Credits DLR)

To Lisbon…and Beyond:Market Access & External Aspects of Competitiveness

The European Commission's Fifth Market Access Symposium, chaired by Peter Mandelson,
European Commissioner for Trade (Info at Europa)

The Impact of International Standardization

Industry-wide standards play a vital role in our globalizing world. For
example, in order to conform to foreign standards, 84% of German
companies use European and International Standards as part of their
export strategy. (Credits Directions Magazine)

EARSC welcomes sixteen new Members!

Following a Membership Campaign, the EARSC Board is glad to welcome the new Members in our Association:
- Aerodata International Surveys, BE
- Aurensis, SP
- ControlWare, BE
- DNV, NO (Observer)
- GMV S.A., SP
- Kongsberg Spacetec AS, NO
- LATUV-Funge, SP (Observer)
- Noveltis, FR
- RSI Inc, CH
- Spacedat s.r.l., IT
- Spacemetric, SE
- Tele-Rilevamento Europa TRE, IT
- TNO Space, NL (Observer)
- Vega Group PLC, UK
- Vito nv, BE (Observer)
- VTT-IT, FI (Observer)

Interview Summer 2005

Dr. Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes and Dr. Michel Verbauwhede, ESAGMES programme Office (Brussels)

Next Generation Large Format Digital Airborne Sensor

Jena-Optronik GmbH announces the new affordable Jena Airborne Scanner
JAS 150, a second generation digital sensor with enhanced flexibility
and reliability. Developed for photogrammetry, mapping and remote
sensing of medium and large areas, the device represents a new
generation of digital aerial cameras. Offering the highest resolution
on the market - up to 5cm from 1000m flight altitude - the JAS 150
satisfies high resolution imaging requirements. Info extracted from

Emissions credits to be issue at G-8

(Source IHT- The Asahi Shimbun) At this week's Group of Eight summit, Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi will propose easing conditions on Kyoto
Protocol projects to make emissions credits easier for Japan and other
nations to get, government sources said.
Preventing global warming is one of the top issues on the
agenda for the G-8 summit from Wednesday to Friday in Gleneagles,
Scotland, along with addressing poverty, especially in Africa.

Governments should use space more effectively to address society's needs

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has
published a report advising governments to use space technology more
wisely in order to address civil needs.



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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