Policy and Legislation News
15 September 2017
The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery thanks to a highly successful environmental agreement which marks its 30th anniversary on 16 September.
06 September 2017
A new ESA initiative, Investing in Industrial Innovation in Earth Observation – also known as ‘InCubed' – kicked off today with an open call for European businesses to apply for a chance to gain financial and practical support for industry projects.
04 September 2017
Climate change will dominate discussions when the leaders of vulnerable Pacific nations hold their annual meeting in the Samoan capital Apia this week, with global warming threatening their existence, officials say.
One UN collaboration on access to and awareness-raising of Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Goals
04 September 2017
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have agreed to collaborate to further their common goals, particularly the use of space-based technology for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
23 August 2017
The plummeting cost of satellite data in the past decade has made earth observation (EO) and geospatial information more attractive than ever for addressing poverty, monitoring environmental changes, and stimulating economic growth – among other objectives. It is especially valuable in developing countries, which often do not have adequate monitoring systems to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and other global and national goals.
A new era in satellite meteorology offers unprecedented opportunities to improve Earth observations and understanding, but also poses big challenges for users worldwide. A top-level World Meteorological Organization delegation outlined WMO's strategic perspectives at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Conference 2017.
29 June 2017
The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) held its 45th plenary session on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, on 15-16 June. The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Vision for the Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) in 2040, which is currently being prepared, was one of the major items discussed.
16 June 2017
Rome became the epicentre of the European Space sector this week, as the eternal city hosted the high-level event 'Space Policy for EU integration' organised by the European Commission.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) and Radiant.Earth, have agreed to explore new Earth observation data innovations supporting humanitarian disaster management, global health, climate change, sustainable water management and cultural heritage.
On 02 June 2017, the JRC, represented by Director-General Vladimir Šucha, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), represented by its President, Professor Bai Chunli, signed a Research Framework Arrangement. The ceremony took place in the framework of the EU-China Summit 2017.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will hold an information day for European industry on the procurement process for a key data access element of the EU's Copernicus environment monitoring programme, at its Darmstadt headquarters on 01 June.
On 15 May, 2017, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) held the Inter-Agency Meeting to strengthen and deepen the bilaterall cooperation, on the occasion of Prof. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Woerner's first visit to Japan as the Director General of ESA. JAXA and ESA announced the joint statement concerning the result of the meeting and the establishment of the joint working groups in the mutually specified areas, at the joint press conference after the meeting.
19 April 2017
WASHINGTON — As Planet announced it has completed its acquisition of rival satellite imaging company Terra Bella on 18 April, it confirmed that Google is now a shareholder in Planet as part of that deal.
A regulatory system crafted a quarter-century ago is failing to keep up with an evolving commercial remote sensing industry, which companies say is slowing down their efforts to develop new satellite systems and capabilities.
Today, Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT and Wu Yanhua, Vice Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed an agreement that provides the policy framework for the continuation and expansion of EUMETSAT's cooperation with China on monitoring the atmosphere, oceans and climate from space.
24 February 2017
WASHINGTON — MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates announced Feb. 24 that it will acquire commercial remote sensing company DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion, the biggest deal to date in the ongoing consolidation in the Earth imaging market.
10 February 2017
With farming an exacting science, ESA and the world's leading chemical company, BASF, have joined forces to see how data from satellites can best serve the agricultural community.
21 December 2016
On 15 December, Europe and the US achieved another milestone in the cooperation on meteorological satellite systems when Marc Cohen, EUMETSAT Associate Director for LEO Programmes and Harry A. Cikanek III, NOAA Director, Joint Polar Satellite System signed the plan that will implement the Joint Polar System (JPS).
09 December 2016
The European Union's Sentinel satellites, developed and operated by ESA, will play a critical role in Australia's efforts to manage its vast land and marine environment.
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