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Issue 62 Winter 2022

Editorial

                                                       Emmanuel Pajot

                                                  EARSC Secretary General

Welcome to the first eoMAG of 2022!

Despite the still ongoing pandemic, the EO ecosystem continued its development during 2021 last quarter.

From the institutional side, EUSPA finalized the signature of the agreements with the European Entrusted Entities and published last week its first report on the EO and GNSS market report; ESA launched three Accelerators: Space for a green future, Rapid and resilient crisis response and Protection of space assets… […]

Interview

For the winter edition of eoMAG! 62 we decided to interview Yana Gevorgyan, the new GEO Secretariat Director. On July 1st, 2021, Yana was appointed as the new GEO Secretariat Director. In October Yana joined our EOcafe as a speaker, and we discussed the future of GEO, the involvement with the private sector and EARSC’s collaboration within the GEO community. We take this opportunity to continue the dialogue with GEO and, therefore, would like to expand more on these topics. 

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Industry Profile

We are very happy to bring your attention to one of the EARSC’s members – EOMAP

Marine coastlines, coral reefs, lakes or river catchments … – shallow waters are what they focus on. Since 2006, they have been mapping and monitoring aquatic environments for customers all over the world. Among these, they count renowned hydrographic offices, environmental agencies as well as industry partners. Their mission is to harness the terrabytes of satellite data recorded every day, offering our clients a quick, but panoptic view on shallow waters of their interest. This helps them deeply understand, manage and finally even mitigate impacts or changes. EOMAP is an Earth Observation expert for Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB), Seafloor Classification and Water Quality Monitoring. In addition to high-tech data analytics, they provide IT-solutions, above all web-based software services. Last, but not least, they cooperate in manifold R & D projects, tackling artificial intelligence, green energy or drinking water. All in all, they strive to address both water related UN Sustainability GoalsOpens in a new window, SDG 6 and SDG 14.

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EARSC Activities & Projects

Have you included your company in the OCRE EO Catalogue?

The OCRE EO Catalogue, similar to the OCRE Cloud Catalogue, is a key result of the OCRE project which aims to create a digital single market for EO and Cloud services for research in Europe. The first procurement activities where OCRE aims to [...]

How did PARSEC encourage the uptake of EO
technology to innovate for a greater good?

With the second phase of the programme having come to an end in December 2021, it’s worth a moment to reflect on the success the PARSEC Accelerator programme was able to achieve throughout its first and second phases, along with PARSEC’s lasting impact beyond these phases. PARSEC was designed to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups turn their ideas into commercial ... [...]

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New strategy to support skills development for the space and geoinformation sector

The EO4GEO Alliance has published a strategy to support skills development for Earth Observation and Geoinformation (EO*GI) sector – an essential source of data information for supporting the Sustainable Development[...]

EARSC launched a new Working Group on Green Deal

EARSC launched a w/g dedicated to the Green Deal with the purpose to advocate increased use of EO for the Green Deal strategy encouraging the EU to adopt EO contribution through statements, position papers and ensuring awareness of the industry contribution responding to the monitoring needs for the Green Deal implementation. For further information contact info@earsc.org [...]

SeBS workshop 'The story of how Copernicus benefits European citizens'

On the 18th and 19th November, EARSC organised the SeBS results workshop supported by ESA. Over the two days, the project partners presented the results from both the various cross-sector studies as well as the case studies, highlighting the economic, environmental, regulatory, innovation & entrepreneurship, science and societal [...]

FIRE-Forum Focus Group Discussions

Building off the first round of the FIRE focus group discussions, the second round of the six sectoral events will be held online between February and April 2022. What? The second round of FIRE Focus Group Discussions is a series of six expert meetups, one for each of the target market sectors: agriculture, (wind) energy, infrastructure, marine, raw materials, and urban development. When? The event series takes place between February and April 2022... [...]

EARSC news

Members news

Earth-i announces 2nd Satellite Video Hackathon

18th January 2022 – Earth-i announces the 2nd VANTAGE coding challenge! The 2nd ESA funded Hackathon will focus on the analysis of colour HD Satellite Video to support Aircraft and Ship Detection and Motion Tracking. The challenge will take place between 14th February till the 14th March 2022. Winners will be awarded prizes of up to Euro 5,000!...[...]

VITO: WatchITgrow, creating a digital twin of every field

What started as a yield prediction and monitoring tool for the Belgian potato sector has grown into an open and holistic platform that supports the entire agricultural sector. WatchITgrow is ready for Interpom 2021, to show you the value and importance of combining data, using the newest data technologies, and to connect tools and players over the entire [...]

Eurosense: 3D tree map based on Artificial Intelligence and citizen science

Eurosense announces that our project proposal, together with VIVES University of Applied Sciences (Kortrijk, Belgium), to create a 3D tree map based on Artificial Intelligence and citizen science has been approved by Mrs. Hilde Crevits, Vice-Minister-President of the Government of Fland [...]

Area Monitoring — Going Large and Towards Finer Detail — Partnership with Planet and Batch Stat API

Without good data, even fancy models can and will produce noise. Without good technology, even perfect data can prove useless. Best things happen with cooperation. The progress of our Area Monitoring (AM) activities has been tremendous in the past twelve months. We have run a full scope AM production in Slovenia, informing farmers about preliminary results in August, [...]

Satellogic Rings in an Exciting New Year with Nasdaq

We have lots of exciting news to share with our fellow members and EO visionaries! First, we are proud to announce that as of January 26, 2022, Satellogic is a publicly-traded company listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange (“SATL”). This pivotal milestone is going to accelerate our growth as well as create new opportunities for people to invest in and advocate for Earth Observation technologies. [...]

DHI Gras: New cutting-edge EO tools deliver synoptic insight on "blue carbon" ecosystems

Coastal vegetated habitats, such as kelp forests, eelgrass meadows and rockweed beds are some of the most productive ecosystems on Earth. They provide us with many essential ecosystem services, for example food provision, water quality control, disaster resilience, tourism and at the same time, these ecosystems are important natural sinks for carbon... [...]

CloudFerro: ‘Building green applications under Horizon Europe programme – technology perspective’

Horizon Europe is the EU’s new ambitious research and innovation programme, having bold goals to tackle climate change and improve the quality of our daily lives. It has a long-term 2021-2027 budget of €95.5 billion, which represents a huge opportunity for building high skills, innovation and ... [...]

VITO: Transition to a sustainable planet through natural capital accounting

Our economy and our human well-being highly depend on nature and its “services”. Longley, we underestimated these services, but the recent COVID-19 pandemic - disrupting economies, societies and livelihoods around the entire globe - emphasized that nations have to speed up their transition to "Green Stimulus", Economic Recovery and Long-Term Sustainable Development. Otherwise we cannot restore employment and boost economic growth in sustainable manner...[...]

Geocento: How healthy is the market for VHR Earth Observation?

As Geocento approaches its tenth anniversary we have been taking stock of the market we operate in, focusing in particular on the very high resolution imaging business – the most commercial valuable part of the industry. The most obvious feature is that the industry has continued to grow, powered by technological innovations being introduced at scale. In 2011, 12 nano satellites were launched, this year there are predicted to [...]

EARSC & members' vacancies

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