What is Earth Observation?

Earth observation is the gathering of information about the physical, chemical, and biological systems of the planet via remote-sensing technologies, supplemented by [Earth]-surveying techniques, which encompasses the collection, analysis, and presentation of data. Earth observation is used to monitor and assess the status of and changes in natural and built environments.

Facts and Figures about the European Earth Observation Industry

EARSC produces the official figures for the European Earth Observation industry. The following figures are the highlights from the latest Industry Report (2018-2019) which you read in full below.

515 Companies

8396 Employees

1.2 billion revenues

10% growth rate

EARSC Industry Report

The results of the 2018-2019 EARSC industry survey into the state and health of the Earth Observation (EO) sector in Europe. This is the fourth biennial survey conducted by the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC). Thank you to all the companies that took the time to answer our questions!

The sector is very dynamic, as is reflected in the strategic overview, and is more fully analysed for the first time in the “Industrial Landscape” section. Our new methodology provides us with a much more informed view of the formation and evolution of the companies. The EO sector covers those companies selling geospatial products which use satellite data. The value-chain we use, extending from satellite operators to information providers, is shown at the end of this report. EARSC first conducted the survey in 2013 and then again in 2015 and 2017. The series of data from previous surveys provides analysis of sector trends.

The survey was conducted during the first quarter of 2019; figures refer to the financial year (FY) 2018. The EARSC industry survey is already a crucial tool to monitor the evolution of the EO sector.

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