Editorial

As most of you will know, I am convinced that a free and open data policy for GMES will be the best way to help develop the geo-information services industry and hence the right and best way to gather the maximum economic benefits for Europe This conviction is based on two premises: firstly that making data available at zero cost leads to increased use and more business revenues and secondly, that the economic value to the government is high to fully justify the public sector investment in the first case.

The study we are currently finishing aims to make the first point by drawing comparison with other domains where information gathered by a public-sector body (PSB) has been made available for re-use. There is growing evidence that such a PSI free re-use policy will give greater returns to public treasuries through taxation than charging for the data in the first place (as is often the case today). Nevertheless, firm figures are hard to find and the arguments still rest largely on other considerations.

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Summary Issue Autumn 2012

EARSC Activities

3rd OGEO workshop ‘DownUnder’

The initiative on Earth Observation in the Oil and Gas industry (OGEO) had its 3rd workshop held on the 14th of September 2012 on the other side of the World – from a European perspective that is, Perth in Western Australia was the destination and Woodside Energy Ltd, the host for the day.

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 68 members in more than 20 countries, and is a recognized association both in Europe and worldwide.

EARSC/ESA: Survey of the European EO Services Industry Sector

EO Industry Survey goes live!

Taxonomy for Earth Observation services market

A clear and common description of EO products and services will help suppliers and customers arrive at a common understanding of what can be offered

Interview

Interview with Reinhard Schulte-Braucks Head of Unit G4 (GMES), European Commission

Industry Profile

RapidEye: Elemental to Environmental Problem Solving

Rather than fight the laws, the Mayor of Paragominas, Adnan Demachki, wanted to develop a plan to turn his county in to a national example for green conservation. He turned to people across different societal sectors to create alliances which developed into a solid plan to ensure that the farmers in his county can coexist with the forest.

Member News

BMT ARGOSS provides weather forecasts for TAQA Energy B.V.

(August 2012) BMT ARGOSS, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, recently started producing weather forecasts for the Dutch North Sea for TAQA Energy B.V. TAQA Energy B.V. is a subsidiary of TAQA (Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC), a global energy company majority owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. TAQA Energy B.V. is involved in the exploration, production, transportation and storage of oil and natural gas in the Netherlands.

Conference about Best Environmental Practises for the Marine Industry, Singapore.

(29th August 2012) DHI hosted a conference themed “Best Environmental Practices for the Marine Industry” last 24-25th September 2012 in Singapore.

Cost-effective daily monitoring with FORMOSAT-2

Thanks to its unique orbit, FORMOSAT-2 is the only civil high-resolution optical satellite that can cover any scene in its coverage area every day. Each site within this area is imaged under the same viewing conditions, i.e. from the same angle and under the same lighting conditions. This makes FORMOSAT-2 the ideal sensor for monitoring and change detection applications, e.g. environmental monitoring for oil spills, oil production facility monitoring).

Danube Flood risk project

(10/08/2012) Recently EUROSENSE EOOD successfully completed the pilot project in Bulgaria “Aerial surveying of the terrain and preparation of digital terrain model of flood plains of the Bulgarian bank of the Danube River” for the Ministry of Environment and Water.

Deimos-1 satellite monitors the fire events that broke out in the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands)

(August 2012) Over the last few days, the Deimos-1 Earth Observation satellite, launched in space by Elecnor Deimos in July 2009, is monitoring the reactivation of the forest fire that broke out last Saturday on August the 4th, in the island of La Gomera. Fire flames have affected to a significantly important protected area of the National Park of Garajonay.

e-GEOS (ASI/Telespazio) Wins Euroconsult's Earth Observation Operator of the Year 2011 Award

e-GEOS, an ASI/Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales) company, has been named “Earth Observation Operator of the Year 2011” by Euroconsult, the leading global research and analyst firm specializing in the satellite sector. The award was presented to Marcello Maranesi, e-GEOS’ Chief Executive Officer, at the 4th Symposium on Earth Observation, held on September 13-14 in the French capital during World Satellite Business Week.

e-GEOS price list

(27 September 2012) e-GEOS is pleased to announce the publication of its new Price List, which will be effective immediately

ESA Climate Change Initiative successfully passes the Mid Term Review

Brockmann Consult is contributing to the System Engineering and Earth Observation team of the Climate Change Initiative, a 75M€ programme of the European Space Agency.

EUROSENSE produced urban mapping service for Rosetta (Egypt)

Due to the population increase the last years, cities in Egypt are experiencing various problems: loss of agricultural land due to urban sprawl, development of informal settlements, etc. EUROSENSE demonstrated, through the project SCARABE (Service: Change Analysis over Rosetta And its urBan Environment) that urban mapping services provide useful information on urban growth for urban planning.

GeoVille awarded ESPON contract to update natural hazard maps

(08/08/2012) GeoVille has been awarded a service contract to update a series of ESPON maps and related data on natural hazards.

GIM Official distributor of RapidEye imagey

(09/2012). RapidEye is a constellation of 5 multispectral remote sensing satellites launched on the 29th of August 2008.

Gisat rides a PUMA

Following the success of the Gisat‘s service case within the frame of the joint ESA / World Bank EOWORLD initiative, Gisat has been selected by the World Bank in two stage competitive call as the consultant providing services for web based geospatial software platform PUMA – the Platform for Urban Management and Analysis.

Gisat:ISO certification confirmed

(17/09/2012) Compliance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards accredited by the supervisory audit.

Innovative GIS-Software GeoMap

(06/09/2012) GAF GeoMap is a GIS desktop application for visualization, analysis and acquisition of raster and vector data as well as map generation and 3D visualization.

Meet the Pixel Factory™ family

(September 2012) Pixel Factory™, the industrial-scale geo-production system developed by Astrium GEO-Information Services, generates high-level 2D and 3D mapping products thanks to a revolutionary processing chain designed to handle all kinds of Earth-observation data.

PCI Geomatics releases Geomatica 2013

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—October 3, 2012: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, today announces the release of Geomatica 2013; the latest version of the company’s complete and integrated desktop image processing software featuring tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more.

Pioneering UK project to improve land carbon intelligence accuracy and reliability

(11/09/12) British satellite imaging company DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii) has launched launching a ground-breaking project with support from the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board to provide more accurate and reliable information about land carbon storage and how it changes over time.

RapidEye Participates in The Esri and PCI Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program

Brandenburg / Havel, Germany, August 27, 2012 – RapidEye, the leader in high-resolution, wide area repetitive coverage of Earth through its constellation of satellites, announced today that it is part of the Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program along with Esri, PCI Geomatics and MDA.

Remote sensing services for the Oil & Gas industry

(August 2012). GRAS is increasing the level of activity within the Oil & Gas industry offering mapping and monitoring services based on earth observation data. Remote sensing is relevant in all stages of the oil & gas lifecycle, including exploration, appraisal, development, production and restoration.

ReSAC contribution to Methodology for Hazard and Flood risk assessment

Remote Sensing Application Center – ReSAC is subcontractor of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – BAS on a project for preparation of methodology for hazard and flood risk assessment.

ScanEX news

Atmospheric gravitation waves in northern part of the Caspian Sea // APEC conference on satellite technologies to draw more than 70 specialists from 13 world countries // Satellite-based monitoring of environmental situation in south-western part of the Peter the Great Bay //

Spacemetric BV joins MAJIIC programme

Dutch Ministry of Defence and Spacemetric BV have signed the MAJIIC Project Security Instruction.

SPOT 6 Successfully Launched – See the First Images!

Astrium Services has posted the first images from the SPOT 6 satellite, just 3 days after its launch on 9 September.

The Determination Of Definitions for Ingenio Satellite Accomplished

Indra has closed with the European Space Agency (ESA) the definition of the requirements for the system that will manage the Spanish satellite Ingenio.

The Municipality of Tervuren presents the thermographic map made by EUROSENSE

(18 September 2012) From the end of September 2012 on, the citizens of Tervuren can obtain an indication of the roof insulation quality of their house.

UrbanAtlas Exploration Tool presented in the GMES Masters 2012

Gisat has contributed into this year’s European Earth Monitoring Competition – the GMES Masters 2012.

Work underway at Fukushima nuclear power plant

Since 1 August, Astrium Services has been providing regular status reports for the international community on clean-up and repair work underway at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Produced with GO Monitor, Astrium Services’ monitoring and analysis service, the reports are derived from very-high-resolution imagery acquired by the Pléiades 1A satellite.

Earth Observation News

Aerial image of Berlin at night aids light pollution research

The highest resolution image ever published of a city at night is helping German researchers measure how much light comes from different types of land use

Biodiversity: how satellite applications can help

Upcoming Eurisy conference: 18 October 2012, Lille, France.

Cadcorp Announces Partnership with MapSoft for the Serbian Geospatial Market

Stevenage UK, 29 September 2012 — British developer of geographic information systems (GIS) software, Cadcorp, has formed a partnership with the Belgrade-based geomatics specialist MapSoft Ltd. The 17 person company which was founded in 2002 by academics from the Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformatics at the University of Belgrade, is a respected supplier of software and services to the GIS market in Serbia and surrounding territories.

CEOI Challenge Workshop – Current and Future Challenges in Calibration of EO Instrumentation

Tuesday 20th November 2012, Watson-Watt Conference Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

Conclusions and recommendations: Renewable energy: Added-value of satellite solutions for SMEs

Eurisy, 11 Sept. 2012. Graz, Austria.

Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2013

Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2013 will bring together heads of defence geospatial intelligence, remote sensing, GIS data & mapping, satellite imagery and analysis within the military and governmental sectors.

Dotted Eyes partners with 1Spatial to deliver a free data validation service

There’s now a quick and easy way to check that your data is right, rather than waiting for a problem to tell you it’s not. What’s more, this service is completely free of charge.

Emcore Awarded Solar Panel Contract For ICESat-2 Mission

(26 September 2012) Emcore Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a solar panel manufacturing contract by Orbital Sciences Corporation for NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission targeted for launch in early 2016.

Eurisy Publication: Satellite applications take-up in Europe: an analysis of three cases with regional authorities

(October, 2012) This publication presents an overview of and the lessons learnt from Eurisy’s three case-studies with regional authorities, involved in three interregional projects: MORE4NRG, ARCH and Coast Alive.

Farmers hear warning about global warming

California’s agricultural industry will be faced with making major amendments to farming methods and crop plantings as Earth’s climate continues its warming evolution.

For-profit Earth-observing Firms Brace for Coming Flood of Free Data

(14 September 2012) By P. de Selding, Spacenews. Operators of three small commercial Earth observation satellite systems on Sept. 14 said they expect a negative impact on their business from the coming flood of free data from U.S. Landsat and future European Sentinel satellites, but that they are confident they can adapt to preserve their businesses.

GeoEye Announces Agreement With Fugro

(10 September 2012) GeoEye announced an agreement with Fugro for online imagery dissemination through Fugro World, Fugro’s global portal for delivery of data and solutions.

Getting the bigger picture: Crowdsource Mapping

Crowdsource Mapping aims at an improved disaster management: The idea is to collect data from as many on-site sources as possible and translate that real-time data into maps.

How do satellite services contribute to the establishment of a sustainable model of urban mobility in Europe?

Eurisy presented this publication during the third edition of the Toulouse Space Show.

India to launch geo-imaging satellite to monitor the border

(18 September 2012) A grant of INR 50 crore has been sanctioned for developing India’s geo-imaging satellite or GISAT. The 1,000-kg satellite will be put in space by a PSLV rocket. GISAT will provide images of the areas of interest on near real time basis. It will also keep a watch over the country’s sensitive borders.

India's PSLV Rocket Lofts Astrium's Spot 6 Earth-observing Satellite

(SpaceNews by P. de Selding). PARIS — India’s PSLV rocket on Sept. 9 successfully placed Astrium Services’ Spot 6 commercial Earth observation satellite into low Earth orbit in a launch that represented a milestone in the gradual privatization of commercial remote sensing.

Insurance industry adopts Earth observation for assessing floods

(3 October 2012) The use of data from Earth-observing satellites in the insurance business is still in the early stages, but pressure to be ready for more frequent extreme-weather events is increasing.

International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ Opens New Doors

(20 September 2012) The international space organisation that makes timely satellite data available to rescue authorities is now offering ‘Universal Access’ to the data for emergency response purposes, strengthening its contribution to disaster management worldwide.

International Ozone Commission (IO3C)

September 15th. On the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, the global ozone layer has stabilized, but large depletion in the polar regions continues to occur.

Irish company Techworks Marine lands major space contract

Irish marine science and technology company TechWorks Marine has secured a contract to lead a European Space Agency (ESA) research project on monitoring coastal outlets.

Landsat Views of Earth Help Bring the Mail

Two images from the Landsat 7 satellite are included in the new U.S Post Office series of 15 Earthscapes Forever stamps. Released October 1 to kick off National Stamp Collecting Month, the stamps vividly portray America’s diverse landscapes as viewed from heights of several hundred feet above the Earth to several hundred miles in space.

Landslide mapping in the Swiss Alps

(26 September 2012) Archived radar data from the Envisat mission are playing an important role in mapping landslides in Switzerland. The mission’s vast archives continue to prove useful for mapping ground deformation.

MDA Continues Supporting Safe Maritime Navigation Around US

(17 September 2012) MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has signed a multi-million dollar sole source delivery order under its Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Metop-B delivers first data from polar orbit

Darmstadt/Paris, 28 September 2012 – Four of the instruments on the Metop-B weather satellite (AMSU-A, ASCAT, MHS, GRAS) have been activated this week and are delivering data.

Myanmar mulling satellite launch: Japan company

Japan’s Marubeni Aerospace Corp. has been conducting a feasibility study for the Myanmar government this year on the satellite launch, a company official said.

Nigeria’s inroads into space technology for agriculture

When one hears of space technology, one probably immediately thinks of Neil Armstrong or The Star Wars. But recent developments in the field have shown just how beneficial space technology through remote sensing can be for agriculture. …(from businessdayonline)

NSR Reports Pause In Government/Military Projects With Burst To $9.7 Billion by 2021

29 September 2012 [SatNews] The growth in the equipment side is driven by land-mobile units, but the UAV market will absorb the largest portion of commercial satellite capacity in the coming decade.

PERILS To Provide Flood Footprints Based On Satellite Data

(10 September 2012) PERILS AG, the independent Zurich-based company providing industry-wide European catastrophe insurance data, has today announced a new initiative, in collaboration with the insurance industry and the European Space Agency (ESA), which will make available satellite-based flood footprints during and after major flood events.

Preserving the Green Heritage through Earth Observations

Earth observation is the process of collecting information about the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems. It is actually an everyday affair for many of us – especially curious individuals.

Recovery of the ozone layer continues

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have been instrumental in the preparation of a report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) regarding the development of the ozone layer in the stratosphere.

SA considering investing R450m in new satellite

(1st October 2012) The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has reported that South Africa is considering constructing a 250 kg to 400 kg Earth observation satellite, as the country’s contribution to the proposed African Resource and Environmental Management satellite constellation (ARMC).

Satellite Earth-Observation: Faster, Cheaper, Better

New NSR Report Projects Satellite-Based EO Market to Triple and Reach Over $6.2 Billion by 2021

Second Joint National Conference on New Science and Technologies in Earth Observation

The second joint science conference of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI) took place at the University of Nottingham in September, bringing together scientists and technologists over 3 days to discuss recent science findings and the future technology developments for observing the Earth’s climate and environment from space.

SMOS has a better look at salinity

(1 October 2012) Earth observation measurements shouldn’t be taken with a pinch of salt. ESA is comparing readings of sea-surface salinity from drifting floats to confirm the SMOS water mission’s measurements.

Space Technology & Tele-reach: Benefiting Humanity on Earth and beyond

Call for papers for ISU’S 17th Annual International Symposium, Strasbourg.Tues 5 – Thurs 7 March 2013

Spatial Energy Becomes First Astrium Services Oil/Gas Global Reseller

(27 September 2012) Spatial Energy has signed a strategic reseller agreement with Astrium Services in Chantilly, Va. This agreement establishes Spatial Energy as the first global reseller of Astrium products and services to the worldwide oil and gas industry.

SSTL Assists RapidEye Ground Station Upgrade

(9 October 2012) Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is undertaking a project to assist geospatial information provider RapidEye AG in upgrading and consolidating its ground station facilities.

TerraGo Expands Global Partner Network with Addition of Russian Reseller to Serve Customers and Meet Growing Market Demands

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 28, 2012 — TerraGo Technologies, an innovative provider of widely adopted geospatial collaboration software solutions, has expanded its global partner network with the addition of a reseller in Russia to meet growing demands and better serve customers in the region.

Venice Lagoon research indicates rapid climate change in coastal regions

(26 September 2012). Research undertaken by the University of Southampton and its associates in Venice has revealed that the sea surface temperature (SST) in coastal regions is rising as much as ten times faster than the global average of 0.13 degrees per decade.

Programmes

Addis Ababa Declaration

(October 2012) At the invitation of the Minister for Water and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Representatives of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Regional Economic Communities (CEMAC, ECOWAS, IOC, IGAD, SADC) and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP Secretariat) Group of States, declared their support to the Addis Ababa Declaration.

An Executive Summary of the OBSERVE Roadmap and Strategy Plan Report

By Petros Patias, posted on September 11th, 2012 at earthzine (Earthzine, Fostering earth observation & global awareness Sponsored by IEEE Sponsored by ICEO)

Dissemination of OBSERVE activities through Multimedia and Multilingual Material

(Earthzine) In order to raise institutional and public awareness on the importance of Earth Observation applications on environmental monitoring for the broader Balkan Region, the OBSERVE project produced several multilingual, multimedia editions. At first, the OBSERVE flyer was translated in 12 languages and published on the project’s website.

ESOA release Report by Booz&CO: Why satellites matter

The satellite sector is a huge success story for the EU and a sector with a huge (often invisible) impact on the daily lives of citizens. It is also a major global industry with the top 4 global satellite operators, the 2 largest sat manufacturers and the #1 commercial launch service being European.

Flash Eurobarometer on Space Activities

The Flash Eurobarometer (Flash No 355) on space activities of the European Union was conducted in July 2012 in order to examine our citizens’ awareness, expectations and wishes regarding space based services and their opinion on the role of the EU in the development of space activities.

Newsletter GeoViQua FP7 Nº1

GeoViQua is an EU research project that is working to provide the GEO data user community with innovative quality-aware visualisation and advanced geo-search capabilities. One of the objectives of our research is to contribute to defining the concept of a GEO label – that is, a label to assist users in quality assessment of geospatial datasets.

Saving lives from space

(BBC) From Hurricane Katrina to the Japanese tsunami – satellite images are increasingly playing an important role during rescue efforts after natural or man-made disasters. The images, often taken minutes after devastation has occurred, help pinpoint people and places at risk.

Space Call 6: FP7-SPACE-2013-1

The European Commission has published this summer the last round of calls for proposals under the FP7.

Events

Events Autumn 2012

Events Autumn 2012