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EO4GEO Workshop in Castellón, May 30th

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 16:40

The EO4GEO project is happy to announce its Workshop and Project meeting to be held in Castellón de la Plana, Spain, from May 30th until June 1st. The meeting will be hosted by project partner Universitat Jaume I (UJI), GEOTEC Research group.

The workshop will discuss the preliminary findings of the EO4GEO surveys

Identifying the supply of GI and EO education and training at the academic and vocational levels

Identifying the current demand for GI and EO skills and occupational profiles

This workshop, the first of a series that will take place every 6-months, will discuss the (intermediate) findings of the demand survey and will provide an overview of the supply results sprung from the survey about the EO/GI training offer. It will also serve as starting point for the next step of the project (the development of an integrated platform and collaborative tools).

The workshop expects to gather around 50-60 people from the EO/GI sector with different backgrounds and perspectives. Project partners, invited experts, relevant end-users, representatives from the Copernicus program and stakeholders from academia and industry will discuss about the surveys’ results. The workshop – organised in the format of panel discussions – will provide an input for a deliverable about Demand for space/geospatial education and training, and will assess skill shortages, gaps and mismatches.

EO4GEO workshop will take place at UJI premises, in Castellón de la Plana Spain.

For any information please visit www.eo4geo.eu

The 2018 EuroGEOSS Request has been launched

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 17:10

||From 16 April until 30 June 2018, public or private organizations involved in developing innovative applications based on Earth Observations (EO) and located in European GEO member countries are invited to come forward with voluntary Expressions of Intent for networking along the value chain.

The 2018 EuroGEOSS Request for Expressions of Intent is a mechanism aiming to accelerate user uptake of GEOSS and Copernicus data and to bring synergies between on-going or upcoming EO developments with high market potential.

The form to submit your Expression of Intent can be accessed via this survey

Details on the 2018 EuroGEOSS Request are also available from the “News and events” tab on the EUROGEOSS website.

EuroGEOSS is an initiative by the member countries and participating organizations of the European Caucus of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO website).

GAF Demonstrates Improved Geological Mapping with Sentinel Data

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 13:00

Combination Sentinel 2 / Geological map:On the left side: Sentinel-2 principal component analyses shows a hydrothermal altered basement outcrop covered by sand sheets. The Geological map on the right side is highlighting the dyke swarm (black lines) cutting the basement (pink) and covered by Ordovician sediments (green and dark brown).

One objective of this project was to test new public available Sentinel data and other satellite data (optical, radar and DEM) to produce improved geological maps in various climate zones and geologic settings; the envisaged scale was 1 : 50.000 and 1 : 25.000.

In this frame, GAF developed also automatized workflows for hydrothermal mineral mapping and standardized attribution schemes based on Sentinel and other satellite data in the four demonstration areas. The satellite-derived maps are integrated in a common database with geo-scientific ancillary data for a synoptic interpretation.

Excellent results were obtained in arid to semi-arid areas while tropical areas remain a challenge for geological interpretation of optical sensors due to the strong vegetation cover. In these areas the geological interpretation based mainly on Radar and DEM data and thus the interpretation is predominantly focused on structural interpretation.

This project successfully demonstrates on how to map large areas in a fast, efficient and area wide mode. The approach is of particular interest for regional geological surveys as well as for mineral exploration. The results will fuel the geological information catalogue for Africa and provide an important input to AMGI, which seeks the improved information access for governments, mineral stakeholders, and more generally for planners and natural resource managers – thus becoming an enabler for future investments in Africa. The project is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Task Team Leader of the AMGI Project Francisco Igualada concluded: “In the context of the AMGI project, satellite Earth Observation (EO) data and derived products have been identified as one of the major source of information especially for newly/improved geological mapping. The results of the project successfully demonstrated that satellite imagery combined with existing geo- scientific data of geophysical nature is a fast, effective and efficient mode to support the interpretation and final production of geological maps in all scales that are relevant for mineral exploration – from low scale reconnaissance mapping to a detailed survey”.


Airbus further strengthens its Earth observation imagery portfolio with the addition of TripleSat satellite data

Tue, 10/04/2018 - 18:19

Toulouse, 10 April 2018 – Airbus has entered into an agreement with Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd (21AT), the Chinese commercial satellite operator, for the distribution of the images acquired by their TripleSat constellation.

The TripleSat constellation consists of three identical very high-resolution Earth observation satellites set 120° apart, travelling around the same orbit. They offer daily monitoring of any place on Earth revealing details as small as 80 centimetres. The satellites were specifically designed to map large area coverage and will therefore reinforce the Pléiades and SPOT satellite capacities, improving access to information in critical situations.

On the optical side, Airbus’ constellation already comprises the very high-resolution Pléiades 1A and 1B, the high-resolution SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellites as well as the
DMC constellation. On the radar side, weather-independent satellites such as TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X were recently joined by the PAZ radar satellite. The constellation is also reinforced by satellite partners such as KazEOSat. These partnerships complement the offering and service for demanding applications

EARSC Surveys on EO/GI supply on Training and Education and demand of skills

Tue, 03/04/2018 - 18:10

The sector is rapidly evolving due to technological advances, a larger collection of open data (as Copernicus), and a broader user base. The evolution requires the adaptation of EO/GI training for matching the demanded skills on the market.

Considering your expertise and potential interest in the initiative, we kindly ask you to support the eo4geo project in making EO/GI professionals ready for the future!

Two surveys about supply on Training and Education and demand of skills in the EO/GI sector, are available for your contribution at: eo4geo.eu

In case you are providing EO/GI related training courses, please complete the survey on the supply of training. The objective of this survey is to individuate and analyse the EO/GI training offer at a European/National level.

In case you are working in the EO/GI sector (in a private, public or academic organization), please complete the survey on the demand of skills on the market. The objectives of the demand survey are to better understand the demands of current professional workforce and to highlight skills required on the EO/GI sector in the future.

The surveys will be open to all stakeholders until May 16th

EARSC is leading the sector skills strategy within the project and if you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us

Please forward this message to your colleagues and to any organization you might think interested in contributing to our surveys.

Many thanks in advance!

Farm Management Support in Denmark

Thu, 29/03/2018 - 13:20

In studies looking at public sector investments (eg in Copernicus), socio-economic studies analyse the economic benefits which will be generated. For EO programmes, this approach is very top down looking at broad brush benefits. In a study funded by ESA, EARSC, in collaboration with the Green Land BV ,has been developing an alternative approach which is very focused and bottom-up.

The goal of the study was to gather quantitative evidence that the usage of Copernicus Sentinel data provides an effective and convenient support to various market applications. As part of it, we defined and applied a new methodology to assess the full benefits (direct and indirect) stemming from the use of EO-derived geospatial information, in a way which has not been tackled before.

We examined how the benefits of using these data either do or can affect a full value chain by starting from the primary usage and then following the related impact down various identified tiers in the value chain. The new methodology was applied to three use cases, which have been selected considering the maturity of the application as well as the feasibility for the sake of the study.

Farm Management Support in Denmark is the fourth case study.

case study – farm management support in denmark.pdf

Track the Vital Signs of the Ocean with the Ocean Monitoring Indicators

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 15:04

Knowing how much heat is stored in the ocean, how fast the sea levels are rising and sea ice is melting, is essential to understanding the current state and changes in the ocean and climate. This information is critical for assessing and confronting oceanic and atmospheric changes associated with global warming and they can be used by scientists, decision-makers, environmental agencies, the general public, and in measuring our responses to environmental directives. The OMIs expand the Copernicus Marine Service portfolio to provide not only ocean data products but also key reference information on the state of the ocean.

The Ocean Monitoring Indicators are free and available on the Copernicus Marine Service website as digital files (click here). They include observations starting in 1993, hindcast and forecast data of global and regional ocean heat content, the global mean and regional sea level, and the Antarctic and Arctic sea ice extent (the Arctic time series is from 1979 onwards). These three variables are extracted from the Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report because they represent the oceanic symptoms of a heated planet. These trends were found to be of particular importance in the Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report, an annual peer-reviewed publication that provides scientific context and a thorough analysis on the state of the ocean, trends, and severe/notable events (the 2018 report will be published in the coming months). The OMI products were developed through a long process of scientific analysis and validation, with the consensus of around 100 Copernicus Marine Service scientific experts after their review. The OMIs were created through a strong collaboration with other Copernicus services such as the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

Following various Earth observation initiatives like those of NASA and NOAA in the USA, the Copernicus Marine Service independently produced the OMIs, as a part of the European Union’s Copernicus Programme, the world’s single largest Earth observation programme. The data is based on historical satellite and in situ observations of the ocean and sea ice as well as numerical ocean models.

The key findings of the Copernicus Marine Service OMIs and Ocean State Report:

-Global mean sea level rise amounts to 3.4 millimeters per year from 1993 to 2016 (with an uncertainty of ±0.5mm/year). About 30% of global sea level rise can be attributed to ocean thermal expansion due to the ocean warming.

-The upper global ocean has continuously warmed since 1993 at a rate of 0.8 ±0.1 Watts per meters squared (with an uncertainty of ±0.1 watts/m2). More than 40% of this subsurface warming can be attributed to heat storage in the 700-2000m depth layer.

-Following a prominent sea ice decrease in the Antarctic Ocean in 2016, both the Antarctic and the Arctic oceans are currently at record lows in terms of sea ice extent. Since 1993 in the Arctic Ocean, the sea ice extent has decreased significantly at an annual rate of -0.78*106 km2 per decade. Ten of the lowest Arctic summer sea ice extent values took place in the last ten years. Since 1993 in the Antarctic Ocean, the annual sea ice extent has slightly increased at a rate of 0.21*106 km2 per decade. However, in the last quarter of 2016, there was a record-setting rapid loss of Antarctic ice starting in early September.


EARSC will participate to the Matchmaking Event at FIDAE 2018 – Business Beyond Borders

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 11:01

The matchmaking event will take place in Santiago (Chile) at the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) during the 3-5 April 2018.

FIDAE is the leading aerospace, defense and security exhibition in Latin America and a prime business platform in the region. The aim of the event is to create a quick and easy way for companies and clusters from the aerospace, defense and security sectors to meet potential business and cooperation partners as well as to operate internationally.

It is also the most important event in South America and Space Technology as many countries are now developing space-related programmes, which has led to new business relationships with the key players in the area.

More than 550 companies from 60 different countries are expected to participate in the exhibition, of which 75% are coming from countries other than Chile.

For all of those reasons, it is important for EARSC to be present at this event and to showcase its members add value.

If you are interested in learning more about this event, contact Monica Miguel Lago: monica.miguel-lago@earsc.org

See programme


+1.6 billion users for Copernicus

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 12:25

With the signing of Cooperation Arrangements with Brazil, Chile, Colombia and India, following those already in place with the United States and Australia, one-third of the world’s population has privileged access through high bandwidth connections to our free and open data and information.

The governments, local authorities, academics, researchers and businesses from these six partner countries are also able to benefit from our environmental and climate monitoring, emergency management or disaster risk reduction services.

On 8 March I was in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I had the honour to sign, on behalf of the European Commission, arrangements with three Latin American countries. Today, in Bangalore, I sealed a historical rapprochement in Earth Observation between the European Union, the world’s second space power and India who proudly features in the top six space-faring nations.

These landmark agreements guarantee the free, full and open access of these partner countries to the data of Europe’s operational fleet of Earth Observation and monitoring satellites and to the information and forecasts from our Copernicus services. Meanwhile, our programme will gain reciprocical access to observations and archives from India’s and Brazil’s non-commercial remote sensing satellites. These Cooperation Arrangements also give Copernicus an extended reach in terms of data gathering, in particular through availability of in situ data for the calibration and validation of our satellite data.

Why are these agreements important?

- Firstly, because they illustrate the truly global nature of Copernicus. Our programme is global not only in terms of its observational capacities but also because its environmental and socio-economic benefits are being shared with stakeholders across the globe. Climate Change sources and impacts do not stop at the borders of the EU, obviously, while the Union, as a global soft power, is committed to sharing data and information that can be used for the preservation of the environment, the understanding, monitoring and mitigation of Climate Change, the development of knowledge-based societies as well as to economic and human development;

- Secondly, because some of the most vital and endangered ecosystems of our planet are located in or near our partner countries: the Amazon rainforest, Antarctica, the Arctic, the Ganges delta, for example, are prone to natural or environmental disasters that Copernicus can help to prepare for or respond to;

- Finally, because Earth Observation open data has become a tool of economic development which can benefit EU and partner countries businesses and entrepreneurs through increased collaboration and partnerships.

These agreements include provisions for the development of information sharing, of joint new products, and to facilitate collaborative ventures between the private sector actors from the six Partner Countries and Copernicus Participating Countries (EU28 + Norway and Iceland). They are based on the principle of ‘no exchange of funds’ of as each side will finance its own activities.

In two weeks, thanks to the hard work of the teams from all involved parties, we have been able to include 1.6 billion new potential users or beneficiaries in the already well developed Copernicus ecosystem. This is something that we can be proud of, as Europeans and as citizens of the world.


EARSC Position Paper on Usage of Open Street Map versus National Data for CORINE Land Cover plus (CLC+) – “CLC Backbone

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 16:51

In the context of the evolution of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS), the European Environment Agency (EEA) is preparing a major upgrade of the European Land Cover/Land Use (LC/LU) information basis: the “2nd generation CORINE Land Cover (CLC) product”. The EAGLE1 group has proposed a conceptual design based on four complementary elements2. The first one of these, the “CLC-Backbone” is foreseen as a spatially detailed, EEA-39 wide inventory in vector format, providing a geometric spatial structure for landscape features with limited, but robust EO-based land cover thematic detail on which to build further elements. The second element will be the “CLC Core”, a grid database repository populated with land cover/land use (LC/LU) and ancillary data. From the first two elements, a new LC/LU monitoring product shall be created as third element: the “CLC+”. As a forth element, the “CLC Legacy” shall ensure time series continuity of the current “traditional” CLC product. DG GROW has expressed that industry shall have an initial role in the production of the CLC-Backbone, and an Open Call for Tender is expected in 2018.

The EO services value-adding sector has a strong interest in the evolution of the CLMS. Therefore we welcome the proposed CLC upgrade towards an independent, high-resolution, cross border coherent, up-to-date information basis for the EEA-39 area, and expect industry to become a core actor for CLC-Backbone production and further activities towards CLC+. A wide range of new commercial as well as scientific and academic applications are expected to emerge from the availability of such state-of-the-art, free and open LC/LU dataset.

In particular, the CLC-Backbone will address a baseline object delineation, building upon and complementing the coverage of the already available CLMS Local Component products (currently 1/3 of EEA-39). CLC-Backbone will resemble persistent features (‘hard bones’, i.e. settlements or linear networks such as roads, railways and rivers) as well as a subdivision of more dynamic
features using multi-temporal Sentinel-2 data (‘soft bones’). By definition, in order to meet the standard requirements for the CLMS products (high thematic and geometric quality, comparability of spatial detail and thematic content across borders within EEA-39, temporal consistency in defined time steps), the selection of relevant input data for establishing the ‘hard bones’ is crucial.

In that sense, the usage of INSPIRE compliant Member States’ reference data for that purpose, as proposed by EuroGeographics in an open letter to the Director-Generals of the EC in December 2017, is seen critical, as the exact role and capabilities of such data remains unclear. It is acknowledged and very much welcomed that Member States made significant efforts to implement the INSPIRE Directive. In operational pan-European implementations of the CLMS so far, however, the actual use of national in-situ data has been limited to supporting the interpretation of difficult classes and for quality checks. Direct large-scale integration of national in-situ data into pan-European CLMS products has so far not been feasible, as Member States’ relevant reference data are often either not fully coherent across borders, have varying
recording times, are not regularly updated, show significant coverage gaps or have different thematic contents and spatial resolutions. Moreover, there are still issues in several countries in terms of free data accessibility and licensing conditions.

The above issues have been experienced by the EO value adding industry in the past years with national geodata made available via national geodata portals, and also with those being offered additionally via CORDA (Copernicus Reference Data Access). CORDA serves as a single-entry point for finding and accessing many international and national geospatial reference data across Europe specifically for Copernicus service implementation. Although these datasets have proven valuable for supporting several aspects of the CLMS production, most of the datasets listed on CORDA exhibit a high heterogeneity in terms of the above listed criteria and are not accessible on a full, free and open basis, preventing direct integration.

In order to make such reference data usable in a cost-efficient manner for CLMS productions, a European-wide data harmonization as foreseen when the INSPIRE implementation will be finalised, would be indispensable. We are convinced that only such pan European coordinated effort can ensure that technical specifications in terms of geometry, consistency and thematic content would match with the specifications of the CLMS products.

Operational production experience in previous CLMS mappings has confirmed that quick access to reliable data is key to support the mapping at various stages of the production process. Thus, in the current absence of coherent national data on a pan-European level, the use of proven production processes supported by alternative datasets that do fulfil key requirements, such as Open Street Map (OSM) data, is encouraged. Several studies have compared OSM data with authoritative datasets and showed that they are increasingly gaining in quality, especially in densely populated urban areas where a high number of contributors are active (see e.g. Brovelli et al. (2016); Ludwig et al. (2011), Zheng (2014)). OSM data are consistently available for all Member States with proven thematic quality at high spatial resolution under a fully open license (ODBL – Open DataBase License), are up-to-date and have a full-time history. Therefore it can be deduced that through integration of OSM with existing Copernicus data (CLMS products and Sentinel imagery), ‘hard bones’ can be efficiently established without leading to significant product inconsistencies along national borders.

bq.As a conclusion, the EO downstream sector strongly suggests for the next generation of European Land Monitoring products the use of proven production processes building upon the CLMS portfolio and any full European coverage ancillary data that are fit for purpose. On the short term, open source data fulfil this need, whereas it is expected that on the longer term (upon finalisation of INSPIRE) national in-situ data will become available and accessible as consistent pan-European coverages in appropriate quality. Therefore EARSC supports the approach as proposed by EAGLE in November 2017.

ELSEVIER call for papers for a special issue on 'Earth Observation for the Sustainable Development Goals'

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 17:07

Remote sensing is progressively supporting ecosystems and land degradation mapping and monitoring. As well, policy-makers and practitioners are increasingly realising the potential of remote sensing technologies for planning land restoration and rehabilitation responses, especially in multifunctional landscapes.

Please access the following ELSEVIER call for papers for a special issue on ‘Earth Observation for the Sustainable Development Goals’, with Graciela Metternicht, Alex Held/Flora Kerblat, Argyro Kavvada, and Lawrence Friedl as guest editors: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/remote-sensing-of-environment/call-for-papers/earth-observation-for-the-sustainable-development-goals.

This special issue welcomes contributions that showcase the application of EO systems to support countries in target setting of the SDGs, including baseline determination, as well as tracking progress of implementation, and informing sustainable development planning and decision making. The papers should highlight the Sustainable Development Goal and target(s) (and/or indicator(s)) that the research contributes to advance.

Abstract Submission by end of March 2018 to g.metternicht_at_unsw.edu.au.

SAVE THE DATE! IDEEO Workshop in Matera "Smart is the new Green"

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 15:15

The IDEEO Project, meets the agricultural world of Basilicata (entrepreneurs, consultants, professionals), along with companies involved in the field of Earth observation and, more generally, ICT companies that develop applications for precision farming. The perspectives offered by this important technological sector will be discussed, to address the problems of agricultural production and the major challenges of the primary sector.

The working day is organised in two parts:

- During the morning, IDEEO’s activities will be presented as well as the potentials and developments of the Remote Sensing technologies applied to agriculture. Agricultural producers will be able to highlight their needs and clarify the demand for services, while technology suppliers will be able to illustrate their own technological offers, presenting good practices applied in other contexts.

- In the afternoon, a matchmaking event will be carried out, during which agricultural producers and technology suppliers will be able to discuss in B2B meetings for potential collaborations.

EARSC is the co-organiser and our members are invited to attend it!
If you wish to have more information about this event or participate, please contact Natassa Antoniou: natassa.antoniou@earsc.org


IDEEO aims at the creation of a new European partnership which will promote internationally the use of European Earth Observation capability in different sectors such as agriculture. Details on the program will be provided later.

IDEEO Website

KSAT-GMS : new strategic partnership to provide ground monitoring services

Thu, 15/03/2018 - 11:08

Analysis of Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar data (Feb 2015 – Nov 2016) show ground displacement of the San Francisco Bay Area, with millimetric accuracy. A number of hot spots are clearly observed, including subsidence of reclaimed land in San Rafael Bay, just north of San Francisco. [Credit: Norut/PPO.labs]

The Earth Observation business is going through a rapid change. As space based monitoring data is becoming easily accessible worldwide, the need for a robust yet scalable service providing
national or even continental scale products, emerges across many sectors.

There is a high demand for reliable space based ground monitoring services. Stakeholders and applications are very diverse: from urban planning applications in the context of modern smart cities, to governments trying to identify critical areas prone to subsidence or natural hazards.

With this partnership, we aim to contribute to the global trend in commoditization of Earth Observation data. KSAT-GMS will ofer a unique service to our customers worldwide, specifcally tailored for ground deformation monitoring applications.

KSAT Ground Monitoring Services (KSAT-GMS): Global, Scalable, Reliable

Tackling the challenges of operational ground motion mapping requires a multidisciplinary approach and experience to cover the entire lifecycle of the service, from satellite data retrieval to
added value products.

KSAT-GMS partners are key players in the EO market with a well-established track-record and decades of experience. This partnership stems from an already ongoing cooperation in strategic
projects, in which unique know-how and services are being developed by partners for selected global players.

KSAT is an industry leader in maritime time-critical earth observation services performed with multimission SAR satellites and runs a global network of downlink stations that enable Near-Real-Time deliveries. Together with expertise of Norut in applied EO research and development, combined with PPO.labs as a highly specialized provider of interferometric methods and services, this partnership aims at ofering full operational capability and scalability in order to respond both to local and supra-national ground monitoring needs.

This partnership is uniquely positioned to capture growth in the global market demand for operational ground deformation monitoring services.

Staying ahead in the ground motion monitoring business

Jan Petter Pedersen, KSAT Vice President, noted that: “During discussions with our customers, frequently the following questions would come-up: How can we complement our maritime services
with ground monitoring products? And if so, can such a product be fexible, scalable, and reliable to meet our current and future needs? With this partnership we are confdent we are able to address these questions.”

Norut’s research director for earth observation, Kjell Arild Høgda, said: “As research institute, we are at the point where further scaling up from our current Research & Development status to more efcient use of data from European Commission Copernicus programme requires additional investment. We see this partnership as a great way to make more efcient the path from successful
R&D results to operational use. And this is only the start.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to extend our reach globally to new clients of all sizes”?? said Petar Marinkovic, Founder and Chief Scientist at PPO.Labs. ??“We are excited to partner with KSAT and Norut to bring our products and technology to another level, and contribute towards making
spaceborne deformation mapping a commodity tool.”

Press contacts

For all inquiries and further information, please contact:
Carles Debart – Project development KSAT-GMS
+47 77661325

Nina Soleng – Marketing Director KSAT
+47 77600277


Wed, 14/03/2018 - 11:40

Image: GAFMeeting of project partners for a technical workshop © 2018 GAF AG All rights reserved

A modern and reliable management of geological and mining data is an essential asset to better understand existing natural resources, recognize mineral potentials, and attract investments of the extractive industry. The GDMIS project, funded by the World Bank Group, established such a management and geographic information
system for the Geological Survey Department (GSD) of Malawi. The system is based on web-technology, allowing the administration and evaluation of non-public data (Intranet) and the promotion of public data (Internet) to attract potential investors of the extractive industry. The new website will be published soon – after pending clearance of some data copyright issues.

Currently, the GSD holds approximately one Terabyte of digital geo-data and digitized documents. Additional data will be available in the near future from ongoing field works. The new system is the main tool to publish, archive, manage, evaluate, and cross-relate the various information layers. In particular, the geographic information system (GIS) component of the system allows the combined analysis of spatial and attributive data. This is of major importance for the identification of prospects for mineral deposits.

GAF, a German technical consultancy company, used its modular and scalable software GeMinIS (Geological and Mineral Information System, https://www.gaf.de/content/geminis) to realize this project. GAF proved once more its capacities in technical consulting for the implementation of complex spatial data management projects.

About GAF AG

GAF was founded in Munich – Germany
in 1985 and was the first German company dedicated
Information Note to the applied use of remote sensing data and technology. Today, GAF is one of Europe’s largest providers of geo-information services with a focus on Earth
Observation. Of particular note is the company’s position as one of the largest distributors of commercial Earth Observation data in Germany and Europe, its longstanding thematic and technical experience in the use of remotely sensed data, and its extensive domestic and international experience with regard to project implementation and provision of services. GAF is a member of the Telespazio Group, an European leader in Space services and subsidiary of Leonardo and Thales.

Big Earth Datacube Analytics Made Easy

Thu, 08/03/2018 - 12:00

Project coordinator, Jacobs University Bremen, invited the joint research consortium, consisting of rasdaman GmbH (Bremen), CloudEO AG (Munich) and DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). The 18-month project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF.

The project will demonstrate integration of the innovative Earth datacube paradigm – i.e., analysis-ready spatio-temporal raster data – into commercial Earth Observation (EO) services as well as public cloud infrastructures. To this end, the worldwide leading European Datacube technology (in database lingo: “Array Database”), rasdaman, will be installed on the German Copernicus hub, CODE-DE, as well as in the commercial hosted processing environment of CloudEO to exemplarily offer federated analytics services.

Complementing the batch-oriented Hadoop service already available on CODE-DE, rasdaman will offer important additional functionality, in particular an interactive paradigm of “any query, any time, on any size”, strictly based on open geo standards and federated with other data centres, in particular geo services offered on CloudEO. On this platform novel, specialized services can be established by third parties in a fast, flexible, and scalable manner.

For industry and research, this will mean enhanced access to value-adding services supporting the collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries. The BigDataCube project is managed by Peter Baumann, Professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University who emphasises “open standards for datacube analytics are available today, and have been proven on multi-Petabyte services. Now it is time to convince data users how they can benefit from such services on a routinely basis”.


Prof. Dr. Peter Baumann, Jacobs University Bremen
email: p.baumann@jacobs-university.de
Website: www.bigdatacube.org

EARSC and CRCSI sign MoU

Wed, 07/03/2018 - 10:02

This MoU aims to establish a formal cooperation initiative between EARSC, responsible for promoting the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology and supporting companies in Europe which offer EO-related products and services, and SISR which is the management company for CRCSI, a collaborative R&D organisation which conducts user-driven interdisciplinary research in spatial sciences to accelerate industry growth, improve social wellbeing and build a more sustainable environment. The CRCSI has delivered measurable benefits across the health, defence and security, energy and utilities, urban development, agriculture, natural resources, and climate change sectors.

The main beneficiaries of this MoU should be organisations and firms located in Europe and Australia willing to develop partnerships and joint projects, and that are interested in benefitting from the sharing of best practices and exchange of experience, information, people and technologies related to EO which are not available in their home locations. This exchange should be supported by EARSC and SISR.

“We are really pleased to be able to work with CRCSI and Geoscience Australia to organise the first trade mission between European and Australian Earth Observation companies. Copernicus is an exceptional program offering fantastic opportunities to work together. We are looking forward to some successful partnerships emerging.” Stated Geoff Sawyer – Secretary General of EARSC.

“Missions such as these provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and build genuine collaborations, enhanced by mechanisms such as H2020 and facilitated by partnerships such as have been established via this MOU.” Stated Graeme Kernich – CEO of the CRCSI

About the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)
EARSC is a non-profit organisation aimed to promote the use of Earth-observation (EO) and European companies which offer EO-related products and services. Formed in 1989, the organisation has over 100-member companies from throughout Europe with a secretariat office in Brussels. EARSC is actively involved in coordinating and strengthening the EO chain and promoting the European geo-information industry, and also providing a unified voice on wider European and global issues of importance to the industrial sector.
For more information contact Natassa Antoniou: natassa.antoniou@earsc.org
Website: www.earsc.org
Twitter: @earsc
LinkedIn: EARSC

About the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI)
CRCSI is an international research and development centre set up in 2003 under the Australian Government Business Cooperative Research Centres Programme. CRCSI conducts user-driven research in spatial information that addresses issues of national importance in Australia and New Zealand. There partners include government agencies, universities and over 50 companies.
For more information contact Stephanie Pradier: spradier@crcsi.com.au
Website: www.crcsi.com.au
Twitter: @crcsi
LinkedIn: CRC for Spatial Information

e-GEOS and SES to build new ground station in Italy

Mon, 05/03/2018 - 13:20

The MUGS is designed to receive, process and distribute data streams from the EDRS space segments. EDRS serves the EU’s Earth Observation Programme Copernicus, which supports urban area management, nature protection, agriculture, health, and civil protection.

EDRS is an optical satellite communications system that enables near-realtime data relay from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to Europe via the geostationary EDRS-A and -C satellites. It is developed under a public–private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus, through ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme.

The tender for the construction of the MUGS was awarded to e-GEOS by ESA, under ARTES. The project will be managed by ESA and led by e-GEOS as the prime contractor, in close collaboration with SES, who has been selected to design, deliver and test the ground station, and Airbus to build data collection and storage units.

MUGS will be installed and integrated at the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Geodesy Centre – G. Colombo – at Matera, Italy. It is forecast to become operational during the second half of 2019 and once completed, the ownership and operation of the station will be transferred from ESA to ASI.

“The Matera User Ground Station will provide EDRS near-realtime data relay service from LEO satellites, allowing ASI to implement applications for the monitoring of our Planet enabled by the Sentinels of the Copernicus programme.” – stated Bruno Versini, Chief Operation Officer of e-GEOS. “This is an important result, achieved by joining our skills in operating in the ground segment and leadership in the technological integration with the engineering expertise of our partners.”
“We are delighted to once again be chosen to be a technology partner in such a prominent project. Through our collaboration with the global leader in Geospatial Services and application provider e-GEOS we will continue contributing to improved Earth observation data collection systems across Europe,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks.

e-GEOS is a leader in Geo-spatial Information business and has over two decades of experience of providing solutions for Matera Space Centre, particularly in the management of Sentinel satellites for Copernicus project. The MUGS will be an EDRS ground station, being able to process and deliver data streams from Copernicus satellites, like Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2, which are relayed to the ground station by the EDRS space segment. It will operate as a collaborative station and will be equipped with a Ka-band receive-only antenna.

New course “Satellite InSAR Data: Reservoir Monitoring from Space” organised by EAGE

Mon, 05/03/2018 - 13:09

Course Overview

This course provides a step-by-step introduction to satellite radar sensors, SAR imagery, SAR interferometry and advanced InSAR techniques. Rather than a tutorial for remote sensing specialists, the course starts from very basic concepts and explain in plain language the most important ideas related to SAR data processing and why geoscientists and engineers should take a vested interest in this new information source.
Special attention will be paid to oil and gas applications where surface deformation data can provide valuable constraints on reservoir dynamics, enabling time-lapse monitoring of volumetric strains at depth.

Who Should Attend?

It is not a course for radar specialists. Reservoir engineers, geophysicists, geodesists, geologists should all be interested in this new tool for surface deformation monitoring that is becoming more and more a standard. Radar data are still largely unknown, but their impact on oil&gas and civil protection applications can be huge.


Rather than a strong background in remote sensing, geophysics and calculus, curiosity is probably the most important prerequisite. The course can be understood by geoscientists and engineers with a moderate mathematical background.

For more information on EAGE Education Tour 9, visit the EAGE website. Source

EARSC is organising a Trade Mission to Australia - 5th to 9th March 2018

Wed, 28/02/2018 - 10:49

EARSC is organising a Trade Mission to Australia, traveling with six European companies: AIRBUS , e-geos , Earth-i , Geospatial Enabling Technologies , GMV , and Planet Labs . The mission will take place between the 5th-9th of March, 2018 and will go to Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.

To see the full programme please see the brochure:brochure in PDF

The goal of the mission is to connect with businesses, in order to form partnerships focused around EO Services. Attendees will participate in an extensive program of networking events, briefings, introductions to EU remote sensing firms, investors and customers.

This mission will allow both European companies and Australian to build new market opportunities globally.

This mission also coincides with a visit by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Her focus will be on the space industry and digital economy.

For more information please contact us: natassa.antoniou@earsc.org

3DEO and Ghalam in partnership to supply innovative ground processing solutions to the global Earth observation small satellite industry

Tue, 27/02/2018 - 13:14

February 23, 2018

3DEO, freshly crowned as a Ones2Watch at the prestigious data.space2018 conference, will be
combining the communications capability provided by Ghalam to its payload data processing,
analytics and visualization solutions, to provide an affordable, flexible and highly capable end-to-end ground segment solution for nano-, mini-, micro-, small and, not so small, Earth observation

Ghalam are providing members of their Systems, Ground Segment, Software, and Electronics teams to continue with further joint developments with 3DEO, including working towards their goal to eradicate the time from sensor to actionable information for Earth observation data operators and users.
In its drive to real-time processing of satellite data, 3DEO utilizes Kx technology, the most efficient
and flexible tool for ultra-high-speed processing of real-time, streaming and historical Big Data.
Ghalam LLP is a joint venture between JSC “National Company Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary”
(KGS) and Airbus Defence and Space.

3DEO is the trading name of 3DEO NI Limited, the Belfast-based sensor to information
company, backed by First Derivatives plc. By combining technologies from immersive 3D,
financial services, television and earth observation, 3DEO have developed a new approach to
the interaction with and presentation of diverse data, from space to smart phones. 3DEO think
and inform visually revealing much more than can be seen from traditional perspectives. 3DEO
solutions have widespread application, from defence to disaster risk management, estate
management and financial markets insight.

3DEO may be contacted by email: martin@3deo.com