The last few weeks have seen an accumulation of natural disasters. In particular the tropical storms KATRINA, RITA, WILMA and the like have left tremendous amounts of death and destruction on the American continent. But this is only the most visible consequences of a general trend. Humankind has now to face the fact that Global Change is not a remote scientific concept. It is here all around us from tropical storms to desertification, from receding glaciers to sea level change, from atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration increase to global temperature changes and with a variety of other observations.

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Unesco Interview: Mr. Mario Hernández – Chief of the Remote Sensing Unit

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the excellent opportunity of
including an interview with Mr. Mario Hernández – Chief of the Remote
Sensing Unit, with strong activities implementing partnership with
Space agencies and governments.


Unesco Interview: Mr. Robert Missotten - Chief of Earth Observation Section

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the excellent opportunity of
including an interview with Mr. Robert Missotten – Chief of Earth
Observation Section.

Industry Profile

ESYS plc.

ESYS is a highly successful, independent strategic consultancy which
helps its customers to maximise the benefit they gain from the
application of new technology to their businesses. Founded in 1990,
ESYS has established a reputation for delivering rigorous and
innovative work in the space and defence sectors. ESYS has subsequently
extended its reach to develop a strong presence in the areas of media,
telecommunications, environment, education and research, and satellite
navigation, serving a wide variety of government institutional and
commercial customers in the UK and Europe.

EARSC Activities

EARSC position letter: Earth Observation - ESA/ EOMD

Letter on behalf of EARSC member companies concerning the EOMD
programme in the framework of the anticipated forthcoming decisions in
the ESA Ministerial Councils.

EARSC position letter: Earth Observation Framework - GMES

Letter on behalf of EARSC member companies concerning the GMES
programme and in particular the anticipated forthcoming decisions in
the EU and ESA Ministerial Councils.

EARSC welcomes two new members: Critical Software S.A. and ReSAC (Remote Sensing Application Center)

Following a Membership Campaign, the EARSC Board is glad to welcome
Critical Software S.A. and ReSAC (Observer status) in our Association.

Member News

CMMI Level 3 for GMV

GMV has moved forward in its commitment to total quality by obtaining
Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) level 3, as a result of a
rigorous evaluation performed at its premises.

Critical Software: Supporting forest fire prevention

The operational result is a daily production of a fire-risk map at
national scale with 232 meters spatial resolution, using LANDSAT
imagery for land cover cartography, ETM produced in a NASA Shuttle
mission, weather forecast based on MSG, and daily MODIS imagery for
NDVI calculation and automatic rapid burnt scar mapping.

DCS - the Centre of Competence for integration of the entire information chain from sensor to effector

EADS Defence and Communication Systems (DCS) is part of the Defence
& Security Systems (DS) Division of EADS.
The DCS goal is to create complete communication and information
systems solutions including platforms and to provide the means of
implementing these solutions.

EADS Fleximage Study: Google Earth - Impacts & Uses for Defence & Security

EADS Fleximage has prepared a study covering the changes, the outlets or
threats Google Earth product generates in the geographical information
and Defence & Security world.

GAF AG Celebrates 20-year Anniversary

In October 2005, GAF AG celebrates its 20-year anniversary.

GMV data processing activities within the MetOp/GOME-2 program

GMV has been involved in the development of the MetOp mission for a
long time, with contributions to different areas such as flight
dynamics, mission planning and data processing.

HongKong ENVISAT ASAR and MERIS receiving station completed

Kongsberg Spacetec has successfully completed delivery of the Chinese University of Hong Kong ENVISAT receiving station.

Infoterra Ltd. launches online geographic information service GeoStore.com

Infoterra, a world leader in the provision of geographic information
products and services, has launched GeoStore.com, a unique web
based service giving businesses seamless access to geographical data.

Infoterra Offers New Digital Imagery

Infoterra take delivery of new pushbroom digital camera to deliver airborne data more efficiently.

Japanese Geo-Information Provider PASCO becomes TerraSAR-X Partner

The Japanese geo-information provider PASCO Corporation is the first distribution partner for TerraSAR-X radar data products.

LogicaCMG Helps Dutch Energy Company Reduce the Cost of Managing its Assets with GIS

LogicaCMG announced that it has won a contract for the delivery and
implementation of a new Geospatial Information System (GIS) with the
Dutch multi-utility company DELTA, located in the south western
Province of Zeeland. The project has now started and is scheduled for
completion in spring 2007.

METOP Ground Stations for CLS, France

Kongsberg Spacetec is awarded a contract with CLS, Collecte
Localisation Satellite, France for delivery of three multimission
ground stations capable of receiving and processing data from the NOAA
and METOP satellites.

Preparation of the Land Parcel Identification System for Bulgaria and SAFIR related Projects

The Ministry of Agriculture of Bulgaria with the support of MARS-PAC of
the Institute for Protection and Security of Citizen at the Join
Research Center started two pilot projects for the preparation of the
methodology for the creation of the Land Parcel Identification System
(LPIS). Both projects are implemented by the Remote Sensing Application
Center (ReSAC).

RSI Releases ENVI 4.2

RSI has announced the newest release of ENVI software that brings a new
level of geospatial information technology to image analysts and remote
sensing professionals.

Spot Image to distribute KOMPSAT-2 data

The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has made Spot Image
exclusive distributor of data from the KOMPSAT-2 Earth observation
satellite except for customers from Korea, the United States and the
Middle East.

Supporting Innovation and the Internationalization process

Spacedat has been selected among a number of Italian companies as the
most innovative and technology driven company. INNOVINT which stands
for “international development of new innovative entrepreneurs” is the
name of the project in which Spacedat is taking part.

Earth Observation News

EU Meeting with space industry

Following one of the recommendations contained in the Communication on”
European Space Policy: Preliminary Elements” 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.

GMES user workshop on a land monitoring service for Europe

The EC has conducted the first in a series of 3 user workshops to
define initial Europe-wide pilot services within the GMES (Global
Monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative.

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.

New EU Strategy for Africa - Earth observation at the forefront

The European Commission has adopted a new framework for a strategic
partnership between the European Union and Africa. (MDGs).

UN-OOSA Emphasises Role of Satellite Technology in disaster reduction

On 12 October, the United Nations observed the International Day for
Natural Disaster Reduction, which is held annually on the second
Wednesday in October.


ESA tender opportunity opens for geographic expansion of European EO services

The Invitation To Tender (ITT), Response to Industry wide issues:
Geographic expansion for European EO services (ref: AO4942) is now
open, and will close on the 18 November 2005 at 12:00 hours.

ESA tender opportunity opens for the evolution of GMES Services over the next decade

ESA has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to analyse the evolution of GMES Services over the next decade.

EU-FP7 programme

The Co-operation programme is designed to establish European leadership
in key scientific and technological areas by supporting cooperation
between universities, industry, research centres and public authorities
across the European Union as well as the rest of the world.

EU: 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

Free access to SPOT infrastructure for Scientific Activities

OASIS (Optimizing Access to SPOT Infrastructure for Science) is a
European project coordinated by CNES and financed by the European