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A Taxonomy for the EO Services Market

Enhancing the perception and performance of the EO service industry

Recognising a need to structure products and services, EARSC prepared and issued this taxonomy which will help suppliers and users arrive at a common understanding of what can be offered. By proposing a common language, we are certain that this is a living document and comments are welcome as It is very important to note that it should evolve continuously – in the detail

The EO taxonomy proposed address the products and services from two perspectives:

(i) A market segmentation providing a tool to help classify and understand the markets for EO services as well as to define the type of customer. The market view includes definitions of the likely organisations included in each sector and the list of EO services which are considered relevant. The market is broken down into 6 major segments: managed living resources, energy and natural resources, industrial, services, public authorities and international bodies.

As a result of the work on the Earth Observation and the Oil and Gas (EO4OG) community we have a first comprehensive view of the challenges faced by a market sector for which EO technology can be a solution.

The EO4OG challenges reflect the requirements of the O&G industry. They have been organised into 7 groups; 2 for off-shore and 5 for on-shore challenges. Each challenge maps to one or more EO products which are able to meet or partially meet it. The full list of those EO products can be found under the O&G sector of the market taxonomy.

EO4OG hasidentified a total of 224 challenges faced by the O&G industry where there is a potential for satellite EO data to play a role in providing a solution. This led to the definition of 94 products.

Each product describes requirements, spatial esolution, spatial coverage, temporal resolution, … etc

Finally 19 cases or examples showing where some of these products have been successfully applied with the O&G industry

We hope to expand on this in the future but for the moment we only have this breakdown for the Oil and Gas market sector.

(ii) A thematic segmentation provides a tool to help describe and classify the products that are offered by the service providers. This thematic taxonomy starts with the major thematic areas of which there are 6 (land services, built environment & human factors, ocean & marine, atmosphere & climate, disaster & geohazards, security). Each of these is broken down into a number of thematic segments giving 25 in total. For each segment, a number of EO services are identified for which key-words are given which help define the products which can be part of an EO service

All the information is public available under our WIKI under requested credentials.

A Taxonomy for the EO Services Market issue 2.pdf