I wrote last time about our study into a free and open data policy (FODP) for the GMES Sentinel data. The final report, entitled GMES and Data : Geese and Golden Eggs is now available from the EARSC web-site. In it we take a look at the benefits such a policy could bring and also at what we can learn from other digital data domains where open data policy has been or is being applied.
This leads us to the strong and growing evidence that a free and open data policy (FODP) yields benefits to all parties; it leads to increased economic activity and hence employment and tax revenues by reducing entry barriers and encouraging entrepreneurship, it allows more business to be done in value adding by reducing input costs and it stimulates innovation in new products and services. It is very much a win-win policy.

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Interview with Barbara J. Ryan, GEO Secretariat Director.

Barbara J. Ryan is Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, she leads the Secretariat in coordinating the activities of nearly 90 Member States and 50 Participating Organizations who are striving to integrate Earth observations so that informed decisions can be made across nine Societal Benefit Areas including agriculture, biodiversity, climate, ecosystems, energy, disasters, health, water and weather.

Industry Profile

DMCii – expanding the use of daily Earth Observation through reliable, high temporal imaging from constellations of medium, high and very high resolution satellites.

DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii) is one of the world’s fastest growing satellite imagery products and services providers. Based in the UK, we have customers in 100 countries around the globe, supplying both programmed and archived optical satellite imagery from the multi-satellite Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC).

EARSC Activities

EARSC membership, gathering the voice of geo-information industry

EARSC is a non-profit-making organisation created in 1989 with the mission to foster the development of European Geo-Information Service Industry. Our main objective is to stimulate a sustainable market for geo-information services using EO data. Today, EARSC has 65 members in more than 20 countries, and is a recognized association both in Europe and worldwide.

EARSC/ESA Industry Survey

Analysing the state of the EO geo-information Services Industry and to understand the issues that are important for its future

EO capabilities for Oil Spills Surveillance

Linked to the OGEO platform, a workshop is being organised on 18th/19th February in Frascati to help identify capabilities for the O&G industry to respond to oil spills focusing on practical and technical monitoring capabilities from satellite, aerial and surface platforms.

GMES and Data: Geese and Golden Eggs

Study on free and open data policy which provides evidence that a policy of PSI (Public Sector Information) Reuse can not only be the most effective way to help the industry develop but that is also the most attractive from an economic perspective.

Member News

Earth Observation Serving Europe´s Forested Regions

Operational satellite-based Earth Observation services support the forestry sector.

Astrium and Hisdesat to establish radar satellite constellation to improve coverage and access

Astrium Services and Hisdesat, the Spanish government satellite service operator, are conducting a joint technology development project with the aim of establishing a constellation approach for the radar satellites TerraSAR-X and PAZ.

BMT ARGOSS Helping Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Industry Extend Working Window

BMT ARGOSS, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, is helping the Kazakhstan oil and gas industry to extend its summer working window by identifying unseasonably good weather in time for customers to take benefit.

Celebrating BEAM's 10th Birthday.

The first version was released on the 6th of December 2002.

CLS on watch for skippers

(Nov 2012) Once again, the lookouts for the Vendée Globe, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race will be standing watch some 800 km above the skippers. These hi-tech satellites, shining like small stars in the night sky, act as telescopes for the teams at CLS (Collection and Location by Satellite), a CNES subsidiary based at Brest and Toulouse.

DMCii satellite imagery helps halt deforestation in Argentina

(December 2012) SSTL’s remote sensing arm, DMCii, was recently involved in a project to monitor and help halt deforestation in the El Impenetrable forest in Argentina.

End of commercial operations of SPOT 4 satellite

On Friday, January 11, commercial operations of SPOT 4 satellite were terminated. The joint decision on stopping commercial operations of the satellite was made by the SPOT 4 owner – CNES (French Space Agency) and the satellite Operator – Astrium GEO-Information Services. The satellite has been operating for almost 15 years (177 months) from its launch in March 1998. Over 6.8 mln images of the Earth have been acquired since then.

EUROSENSE news (new contracts)

At the end of 2012, EUROSENSE was awarded by the Flemish Geographical Information Agency (AGIVFGIA) with a large LiDAR and orthophoto-project in Flanders.
Also three additional tree inventory projects have been awarded to EUROSENSE.

Exploiting MERIS data for Drylands

GeoVille is executing the ESA project Diversity II together with Brockmann Consult.

GAF AG:Nigerian Mining Cadastre System updated and operational in compliance with the amended regulatory framework

(Munich, Germany, December 20, 2012) The Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), with assistance from GAF AG, has successfully completed the implementation of its new Mining Cadastre System, which takes into account recent amendments in the country’s Mining Regulations.

GAF and partners showcase the possibilities offered by Earth Observation for verification of mining activities

(November 2012) GAF AG, together with the Institute for Environmental Security (IES), the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are pleased to announce the launch of the SYMIN Project’s new website: www3.gaf.de/symin. The website aims to showcase how Earth Observation (EO) can assist mining authorities with the regulation of informal mining activities through the detection of informal mining sites.

Geo International Situational Awareness System for SOS Children's Villages

Situational Awareness System (SAS) for SOS Children’s Villages is a project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) to establish a satellite-based system allowing timely access to geospatial information.

Gisat projects are presented in two European publications

FLOREO and UrbanAtlas+ projects have been selected to demonstrate successful regional GMES applications.

GMES Land geoland2 Project: An Era Ends

After 8 years of GMES land research projects and the start of the initial GMES Services (GIO) in 2011, two important events signaled the transition from prototype development to operational implementation of land services: (1) the 8th and last “geoland forum2:http://www.gmes-geoland.info/news-events/geoland-forums.html in Copenhagen and (2) the final review meeting in Brussels.

GRAS completes REDD project in Cambodia

Recently the Danish company GRAS successfully completed a project for the Forestry Administration in Cambodia on “Satellite remote sensing in support of UN-REDD”.

INSA: Extension of SMOS contract for operations and data processing

In November 2012, INSA has been selected by the European Space Agency to continue with the work carried out for SMOS for two more years.

Logica’s eSurge project uses satellite Earth Observation data to help improve storm surge modelling and forecasting

Logica is leading an ESA-funded project called eSurge, to help improve the use of available satellite Earth Observation data for modelling and forecasting coastal inundation from storm surges, one of the world’s most damaging natural phenomena. The project is now entering its operational phase, making data available to users and working with them to maximise its use.

NederlandObliek.nl - Brought to you by Aerodata and Cyclomedia

(Nov 2012) For the first time ever: the entire Netherlands in oblique (birds-eye view)!

New land cover mapping of Sweden

(2013-01-07) Metria continues to strengthen the co-operation with national agencies in need of updated land cover and land use information. Our heritage of using Earth Observation data to map nature types and landscapes will ensure high-quality mapping as well as developing of efficient tools.

New SRRS Processors for MetOp and SuomiNPP Missions

We at Chelys are proud to announce the availability of two new SRRS real-time processors:

PCI Geomatics Renews and Expands Distribution Agreement with Beijing Space Eye Innovation Company

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada – PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, has announced that it has signed a new exclusive distribution agreement with Beijing Space Eye Innovation Technology Co. Ltd (BSEI) of China. The new agreement acknowledges BSEI, as PCI’s exclusive reseller partner for both PCI’s Geomatica desktop software and PCI’s award winning GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) technology, in China.

RapidEye Commits to Data Continuity; Discusses System Health and Life Span

Berlin, Germany, January 17, 2013 – RapidEye, a leader in high-resolution, wide area repetitive coverage of earth through its constellation of five satellites announced a positive update on the health and lifespan of its satellites. In addition, Michael Oxfort has been appointed to lead the development of the company’s data continuity strategy.

RapidEye Relocates Headquarters to Berlin

Berlin, Germany, December 18, 2012 – RapidEye, a leader in high-resolution, wide area repetitive coverage of earth through its constellation of five satellites, announced today that it has successfully relocated the headquarters of the company to Berlin, Germany.

SCISYS acquires MakaluMedia Internet & Engineering Services GmbH

SCISYS PLC, the supplier of bespoke ICT software systems, IT based business solutions and support services to the Media Broadcast, Space, Government & Defence, Environment and Applications Management sectors, is pleased to announce the acquisition of MakaluMedia Internet & Engineering Services GmbH (‘MakaluMedia’): a provider of software engineering and consultancy to the European space industry for Euro 2.32 million (the ‘Acquisition’).

SpaceDataHighway - Re-Defining Satellite Data Transfer

Recent years have seen an unprecedented development in satellite-based Earth observation (EO): a rising number of operational satellites together with the enhanced resolution of acquired imagery resulted in a dramatic increase of data generated in space. Additionally improved and novel applications particularly in the fields of emergency services, security applications and rapid monitoring, require rapid tasking capabilities and shorter data delivery times. These developments are stretching the capabilities of current and future EO systems particularly in regards to the performance of the ground segment in charge of retrieving the data.

TRE website takes on a new look and feel!

Our website has had a revamp!

UrbanAtlas+: Easy Exploration of Complex Data

GISAT succesfully completed the UrbanAtlas+ project

Earth Observation News

Arctic sea ice decline and ice export

A new study uses the CMIP5 historical simulations to find out more about Arctic sea ice decline and ice export.

Arianespace To Launch Vietnam’s Earth Observation Satellite

(January 2013) Arianespace will launch an Earth observation satellite on behalf of the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology in 2013.

Brussels conference to debate EU space policy

Policy-makers, industry leaders, scientists and civil society representatives will gather in Brussels on 29-30 January for the fifth high-level conference on EU space policy.

Canada Launches Final Stage of RADARSAT Project

The Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Honourable Minister Christian Paradis, has launched the next and final stage of Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation project.

CEOI Challenge Workshop – Future Platforms for Earth Observation

Thursday 28th February 2013, Charles Wilson Building, Main Campus, University of Leicester

China no longer reliant on satellite image imports

China’s first high-resolution, stereo mapping satellite Ziyuan III meets international standards, ridding the country of its reliance on imports of satellite images.

Copernicus4Regions briefing to be held in Brussels next week

Waste management, improving air quality in the city, urban planning are hot issues for all local and regional authorities.

Cryosat hits land

(21 December 2012) ESA’s ice mission is now giving scientists a closer look at oceans, coastal areas, inland water bodies and even land, reaching above and beyond its original objectives.

Earth Observation for risk reduction

IncREO – Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation is a collaborative project under the call FP7-SPACE-2012-1 in support of emergency response management and risk-preparedness. The IncREO project will kick off at a meeting scheduled at EC/REA in Brussels, Belgium, from 23 to 24 January 2013. The event is closed to the public.

Earth Observation Landsat Senses a Disturbance in the Forest

A new way of studying and visualizing Earth science data from a NASA and U.S. Geological Survey satellite program is resulting in, for the first time, the ability to tease out the small events that can cause big changes in an ecosystem.

ESA Living Planet Symposium

(9-13 September 2013, Edinburgh)

ESA monitors water resources in the Mediterranean from space

The effects of climate change, population growth and economic development in the Mediterranean are posing a threat to the water supply in the region. As part of ESA’s TIGER initiative, satellite data are supporting water management by identifying water resources.

EUMETSAT: Dissemination of Meteosat-10 satellite data has started

(Dec2012) On 12 December 2012, EUMETSAT’s MSG-3 satellite was declared ready to support the Meteosat operational services and renamed Meteosat-10. On 18 December, the dissemination of Meteosat-10 SEVIRI data and meteorological products has started to the wider user community via EUMETCast-Europe.


A satellite processing platform for high resolution forest assessment

GeoEye And DigitalGlobe Receive Antitrust Clearance For Pending Combination

(9 January 2013) GeoEye announced that it has received antitrust clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with its pending combination with DigitalGlobe.

Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2013, 7-8, Abu Dhabi

Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) is the Middle East’s leading space and satellite event, attracting over 1,000 global experts from across 30 countries to Abu Dhabi for 2 days of intense knowledge sharing and networking.

Innovations in Remote Sensing Event – Wednesday 23rd January 2013

The Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI) is hosting ‘Innovations in Remote Sensing’ on January 23rd 2013. This event will provide a great opportunity to catch up with the latest Earth observation instrumentation technologies, as well as highlighting potential areas for licensing, collaboration or supply.

International Charter: December Newsletter available

(December) The fourth edition of the Charter Newsletter is now available

Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System now serving newest mission

Raytheon Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System (CGS) recently added the Japanese Space Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Global Change Observation Mission 1 satellite to its growing list of global environmental missions.

MACC-II Summer School Open for Applications

Applications are now open for the MACC-II “Modeling and Forecasting of atmospheric composition at different scales” summer school.

MDA To Build Three Radar Satellites

(9 January 2013) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates today announced the signing of a $706 million contract with the Canadian Space Agency to build, launch and provide initial operations for the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM).

NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Earth Observation Satellite

WASHINGTONNASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as viewed from space.

Nasa studies climate change (UAB)

NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft over the tropical Pacific Ocean to study how a warming climate is changing Earth.

Paper on Essential Biodiversity Variables

Reducing the rate of biodiversity loss and averting dangerous biodiversity change are international goals.

Pleiades 1B captures its first images using e2v sensors

Pleiades 1B, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Earth observation satellite, has captured its first images using e2v high performance imaging sensors.

Sensors & Systems: Ten Predictions for 2013

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Sensors & Systems spent some time reflecting on emerging stories and growing trends to come up with the following predictions for 2013. © Sensors & Systems

SPOT 6 & SPOT 7, Turkey Steps up Collaboration with Astrium Services

Toulouse, France – Astrium Services and the Istanbul Technical (December 2012) University (ITU) signed two agreements in Istanbul on 19 October 2012 to develop high-resolution and large-area coverage services in Turkey, notably for agriculture. The agreements cover a SPOT New Generation receiving station and reception of data from SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, as well as an extension for SPOT 5 data.

TerraSAR-X image of the month - the coastal cliffs of Christmas Island

In the image acquired with the German Aerospace Center TerraSAR-X radar satellite, one thing is clear – even today, tropical rainforest proliferates on the island and the coastal cliffs continue to make life difficult for mariners. Captain William Mynors was not particularly creative as he sailed past a remote island in the Indian Ocean on the ‘Royal Mary’, a ship belonging to the British East India Company, on 25 December 1643. He named the 135-square-kilometre island, which he could not even disembark on, ‘Christmas Island’.

Towards an integrated atmospheric observing system in Europe

On 3-4 December 2012 the Research Infrastructures Unit of Directorate General Research & Innovation hosted a workshop entitled “Towards an integrated atmospheric observing system in Europe”.

Turkey's first observation satellite sends first images

Göktürk-2 is Turkey’s first national high-resolution optical observation satellite and was produced by TÜBİTAK and the Turkish Aerospace Industry Corp.

Vietnam to launch first Earth observation satellite

VietNamNet Bridge – The Space Technology Institute will send an Earth observation satellite worth 55.2 million euros (US$72.4 million) to the Earth’s orbit.

Weather forecasts can save thousands of lives

In a recent article in Nature, Peter J. Webster, professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, underlines the importance of regional weather forecasts to avoid losses of live and property.


Discover what GMES can do for European regions and cities. Thirteen users at local or regional level recount their experience of using GMES products and services.


Black carbon's role has been underestimated says a research study

According to a recent study, the influence of soot (also known as “black carbon”) on global warming, has been greatly underestimated and could be twice previous estimates.

Commission declares 2013 the year of air

The EU has been tackling air pollution since the 1970s. Steps like controlling emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and improving fuel quality have contributed to progress in this area, but the problem still remains.

Copernicus: new name for European Earth Observation Programme

Copernicus is the new name of the European Commission’s Earth Observation Programme, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). The new name was announced today by Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani during the Competitiveness Council.

Funding Opportunities

(© Copernicus.eu) The European Union offers numerous opportunities to companies to co-finance innovation either through the attribution of grants or through mechanisms that facilitates the access to loans.

GMES/Copernicus – monitoring our earth from space, good for jobs, good for the environment

Copernicus will ensure the regular observation and monitoring of Earth sub-systems, the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated and guaranteed information in support of a broad range of environmental and security applications.

Mission Accomplished for Landsat 5

(21 December) The U.S. Geological Survey announced that Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months, bringing to a close the longest-operating Earth observing satellite mission in history. By any measure, the Landsat 5 mission has been an extraordinary success, providing unprecedented contributions to the global record of land change.

New Generation in Earth Observation to Begin

Washington — A new Earth-observing satellite, being prepared for launch in February, will enter orbit with the capability to collect more and better data than any of its seven predecessors in the Landsat series.


Events Winter 2013

Events Winter 2013