Editorial

…one of the highlights of the coming year is the next Annual EARSC event which will take place in the Spring 2008 and focusing on the key question “Is GMES an Opportunity for the Service Industry?”_…

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Summary Issue winter 2007/2008

EARSC Activities

EARSC welcomes new member!

EARSC Board is glad to welcome FLYBY s.r.l. as new Member in our Association

Is GMES an opportunity for the service industry?

EARSC EVENT 2008: March 19th 2008 – Brussels, Belgium

Interview

Interview with Ed Parsons Representative GOOGLE EARTH EUROPE

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the opportunity to feature an interview with Mr. Ed Parsons from Google Earth Europe. First of all, thank you very much for taking some time from your busy agenda and giving us the occasion to talk about some aspects relevant for the geo-information sector.

Industry Profile

EDISOFT Provides Vessel Detection and Classification Services

EDISOFT has today the operational capability of providing Near Real Time (NRT) Vessel Detection and Classification services using satellite SAR imagery and other non EO sources like AIS and VMS.

Member News

Aerodata International Surveys News

aeroGRID.nl – the new aerial imagery website with the most current NL aerial photos

Astrium to supply radar instrument for the “Space Sentinel”

Astrium is writing another chapter in its space radar success story: Following the radar instruments for the ERS1/2, Envisat and Metop satellites, the company is to develop and build the latest imaging radar for an ESA satellite.

Aurensis news

SITEM and AURENSIS join efforts

Current positions at Infoterra Jan 2008

EO User Service Next Generation Project (EO USNG)

Improving access to ESA Earth Observation Data and Products

GAF AG successfully completes consultancy for Coral Reef Information and Training Centers (CRITC) in Indonesia

GAF AG, an internationally active geo&information company, has completed its consultancy services including technical assistance, know&how transfer, provision of skills and experience in the fields of coral reef ecology, coral reef management, GIS, web and institutional strengthening to the headquarters of CRITC in Gedung LIPI, Cikini, Jakarta and 8 districts in Sumatra.

GeoVille and Corine

GeoVille supports CORINE land cover implementation in the West Balkan countries

Gisat presented at the MARS PAC conference

Landscape Features Extraction

Global Monitoring for the Environment & Security (GMES) roundtable in London

LogicaCMG hosted a roundtable forum on 8th November 2007 in London, to discuss UK involvement in GMES, a major European satellite initiative to address climate change.

Infoterra awarded Catalist GISS framework agreement

Award confirms Infoterra as a leading supplier of GIS data and services

Infoterra wins contract to deliver vegetation survey solution for EDF Energy Networks

New ability to ensure power supplies unaffected by vegetation

LogicaCMG system to help validate Europe's environmental satellite data

LogicaCMG is implementing a third-generation calibration and validation facility for ESA, to help ensure information consistency for Europe’s GMES global monitoring programme.

MDA to modernize another UK local authority land information service

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it will receive $2 million CAD to modernize the processing of land information requests coming from the National Land Information Service (NLIS) to Babergh District Council in Eastern England.

MEOS Polar system

MEOS Polar system installed at Scientific Research Center of Space Hydrometeorology “Planeta” in Moscow

New ENVI software release from ITT introduces automated tools for image processing

Automated workflow tools for easier image processing/ New technology to find objects in images concealed by vegetation/ Support for ENVI�s new Feature Extraction Module and ENVI NITF Module enhancements/ Enhancements and additions to ENVI�s optional Zoom interface

NPA Group: OBS Studies

During 2006 and 2007, NPA have added large volumes of new data to our Global Offshore Seep Database in a variety of basins across the world.

OHB rewarded for successful work in military image transmission with follow-up contracts

Complex ARDS transmission system to be extended with three new contracts worth around EUR 9 million

PCI NEWS

PCI Geomatics to support satellites WorldView-1 and TerraSAR-X / PCI Geomatics releases latest version of GeomaticaX / PCI Geomatics to support satellites WorldView-1 and TerraSAR-X along with improvements for ALOS

Planetek Italia: Inventory of Italian landslides on the web.

Inventory of Italian landslides on the web

Planetek: A 3D WebGIS application for ecotourism in Greece

PARC Archipelago: Monitoring Posidonia on Arki island.

Rapid Eye: Case Study: Crop Insurance Solutions

As an ongoing series, RapidEye will keep you informed each quarter of how our service business provides solutions to customers worldwide…

ReSAC participation in the flood risk management in Bulgaria

ReSAC was a subcontractor in a project related with the flood risk management using satellite information for a pilot region in Bulgaria. The project goals were to model high water level and to detect flooded area based on satellite images.

Skysoft awarded MERIS tool contract

Skysoft has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency to port and optimize the performance of the MERISAT tool

Space Systems Finland

SSF was formed in the early 1990s following a research project relating to the measurement of atmospheric ozone.

Telespazio presents the “Love Planet Earth 2008” calendar dedicated to the North and South Poles

Telespazio is proud to present its Love Planet Earth 2008 calendar

THALES contribution to the GEO IV Event

Thales Communications contribution to the GEO ministerial summit

TRE monitoring ground movements over the Lombardy Region

Studying ground movements using its own PSInSAR™ technique

VEGA wins €500k Meteosat study

A consortium led by VEGA IT GmbH (VEGA), the specialist professional services company, has been selected to undertake one of two parallel studies to perform the Phase A Analysis for the EUMETSAT Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) Ground Segment.

Vista GmbH: hydrological and agricultural products

Earth Observation News

Canadian Earth-Watching Satellite Finally Reaches Orbit

Canada’s Radarsat-2 Earth observation satellite, which has been almost a decade in design and construction, launched successfully Friday aboard a Russian Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, according to launch-services provider Starsem S.A. of France.

DigitalGlobe Announces General Availability of Worldview-1 Imagery

DigitalGlobe today announced that WorldView-1 has reached Full Operating Capability (FOC) for all customers. The general availability of WorldView-1 imagery marks the final milestone for the satellite which launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 18, 2007, delivered its first sample set of high-resolution images on October 15 and began supplying imagery to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on November 26.

EURISY Workshop: Local and Regional risk management

Integrated use of satellite information and services. Case studies and best practice. 10 – 11 March 2008 – Sinaia, Romania.

ISRO to launch Carto-2A satellite in January 2008

Indian Space Research organization (ISRO), the country’s premier centre for research and development in the field of space science and technology, will soon launch a satellite called Carto-2A to assist Cartography applications including remote sensing, ground water development etc.

Meteosat Third Generation On Track

The letter exchange took place on the occasion of the 63 Eumetsat (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) Council meeting, Darmstadt, Germany, 6 and 7 December.

Microsoft Acquires One of Europe’s Top Online Map, Multimap

Acquisition of Multimap will help Microsoft deliver new, expanded services on the Web.

Red Cross 2012 World Disaster Report features UNOSAT work

(Dec 2012) According to the 2012 World Disasters Report, recently released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), over 72 million people are forcibly displaced due to a range of complex drivers including conflict and violence, disasters, political upheaval and even by large-scale development projects. An estimated 20 million among these migrants are living in a state of prolonged displacement.

Russia To Launch Thai Satellite Into Orbit Next Year

Kosmotras started today the preparation for the [THEOS] launch scheduled for the first quarter of 2008

Successful Launch of COSMO-Skymed 2 satellite

Scheduled to be launched in the first three months of 2008, the COSMO-SkyMed 2 satellite has been finally put in orbit on 9th December 2007 from the American Air Force Base of Vandenberg on the coast of California.

Successful launch of Yaogan III

China launched a remote sensing satellite

Summary report of briefing to EO industry now available

“Briefing to European EO Service Industry on the planning of future ESA EO exploitation activities (2008 – 2012)”

Tech advances should be for society's benefit

Japan: The priority has been how research funds should be invested, but the standout characteristic for fiscal 2008’s budget looks to be returning benefits of research back to society.

Programmes

United Nations Climate Conference

The role of Earth Observation satellites in combating climate change was highlighted at the United Nations climate change conference in Bali (3-14 December 2007) where thousands of delegates from more than 180 countries were gathered to begin negotiations of an international emissions-cutting agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.

Africa focuses on GMES

The ‘Lisbon Declaration on GMES and Africa’ has been adopted at a meeting of organisations and governmental European and African bodies and entities under the aegis of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Lisbon, Portugal.

Better flow of satellite data for better management of environmental and security crises

Natural and manmade catastrophes in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, coupled with increased security needs, have further reinforced the need for earth observation systems. The GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) ensures that crisis situations like floods, forest fires or earthquakes can be better anticipated and managed through monitoring the state of our environment.

Climate monitoring systems top the agenda

New ways to monitor the Earth’s ailing health will top the menu this week at a gathering of ministers and officials from over 100 governments and international bodies in Cape Town.

Copernicus Observer

(© Copernicus.eu website) (Nov 2012) The “Copernicus Observer” is a e-magasine that will report every three months on Copernicus-related activities through three main sections

ESA and EC take major step forward in GMES

ESA and the European Commission have signed a €48 million grant that will allow the space agency to ensure the coordinated and timely supply of satellite-based Earth Observation data for the preoperational phase of GMES from 2008 to 2010.

GEO and ITU join forces on Earth observation satellites, emergencies and capacity building

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today aimed at strengthening cooperation on remote sensing of the Earth, particularly in the field of disaster preparedness and response.

Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs: FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies

The inaugural assembly of the NEREUS Network (Network of European Regions using space technologies) was held on 18 December 2007 in Toulouse.

The Observatory of European SMEs

Commission in December 1992 in order to improve the monitoring of the economic performance of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. Its task is to provide information on SMEs to policy-makers, researchers, economists and SMEs themselves.

Events

Events Winter 2007/2008