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Public consultation on sharing spatial information in Europe shows benefits and obstacles

30 June 2014

Better data retrieval and access, greater interoperability of data and improved coordination across the EU top the list of benefits perceived by both data producers and users of spatial information on the environment.

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EU enhances commercial access to Earth observation data

17 June 2014

Businesses and research institutions will soon have more reliable access to commercial Earth observation satellite data, according to a proposal presented by the European Commission in Brussels on 17 June.

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US lifts restrictions on more detailed satellite images

16 June 2014

Sites like Google and Bing Maps will be able to use higher-quality satellite images, thanks to US government restrictions being lifted.

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Monitoring climate change from space

13 June 2014

How do measurements from satellites flying above Earth provide essential information on the effects of climate change on our planet? Scientific and political organisations considered the question in London on 13 June.

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Taking weather forecasting into the future

20 May 2014

The first documents signalling the go-ahead for Europe's fleet of MetOp Second Generation weather satellites were signed last week in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Berlin Air Show.

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Greece guaranteed access to Sentinel data

12 May 2014

Just weeks after the launch of Sentinel-1A, ESA and Greece have signed a first arrangement that establishes access to Sentinel data, marking a significant step forward in their exploitation.

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Bulgaria becomes EUMETSAT's 30th Member State

07 May 2014

With Bulgaria joining as a EUMETSAT Member State on 30 April, EUMETSAT has already achieved its goal to attain 30 Member States in the course of this year.

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As imagery market comes into sharper relief, DigitalGlobe looks at moving up GeoEye-2 launch

02 May 2014

Geospatial imagery and services provider DigitalGlobe on 1 May said demand for imagery of sharper resolution than what the U.S. government now allows for commercial sale appears so strong that the company could move up the launch date for its GeoEye-2 satellite.

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AsiaSat terminates deal to host GeoMetWatch sensor

24 April 2014

Commercial satellite fleet operator AsiaSat of Hong Kong has formally terminated its cooperation agreement with GeoMetWatch to place a hyperspectral meteorological sensor on the AsiaSat 9 telecommunications satellite now in development.

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Commerce Secretary calls risk of weather satellite gap 'too high'

11 April 2014

The U.S. commerce secretary says current weather satellite development programs are on track but nonetheless she continues to worry about a future gap in coverage.

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Global partnership for enhanced resilience to flood risk

31 March 2014

Under the lead of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Dartmouth Flood Observatory (University of Colorado), the Global Flood Partnership was launched earlier this month.

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First industry report on Earth observation data distribution trends and strategies

27 March 2014

Data distributors and services providers have established themselves as a key component of the EO value-chain and an important partner of the EO satellite operators in order to disseminate data to the largest number of end-users possible.

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White House launches climate data initiative

19 March 2014

The White House launched an initiative Wednesday aimed at expanding the use of climate data nationwide, to help communities cope with the impacts of global warming.

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Austria joins World Bank's Water Partnership Program

13 March 2014

The Government of Austria has become the fourth donor to the World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), joining the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Denmark.

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International cooperation on climate monitoring from space takes new steps at EUMETSAT headquarters

10 March 2014

On 5-7 March, EUMETSAT hosted the first meeting of the joint Working Group on Climate of the Committee for Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the Coordination Group for meteorological Satellites (CGMS). 

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African water and equatorial space weather focus of inaugural Alcantara workshop

27 February 2014

Researchers from three continents gathered at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands for the inaugural Alcantara initiative workshop - fostering cooperation between research groups in Europe and those beyond, to jointly tackle key knowledge gaps in space research.

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What is GEO? A quick look at the Group on Earth Observations

18 February 2014

The 10th GEO Plenary in January marked an opportunity for the organisation to celebrate its accomplishments and set goals for the future. At Earthzine, this gathering also provided an opportunity to highlight the Group on Earth Observations.

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15 million pound investment seals UK/France space collaboration

31 January 2014

The UK Space Agency and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have today (31 January 2014) agreed a deal to work even closer together on space activities.

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France to make older Spot images available to researchers for free

23 January 2014

The French government has agreed to open its Spot optical Earth observation data archive and distribute, free of charge to noncommercial users, Spot satellite data that are at least five years old.

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The Group on Earth Observations looks toward a second decade of data sharing

06 January 2014

The image that best captures the raison d'etre of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) - which is holding its 10th plenary in Geneva, Switzerland, this month - is not a satellite image. Strictly speaking, the image doesn't even fall into the category of Earth observation; it is a rather ordinary looking graph from a PowerPoint presentation used by Barbara J. Ryan, director of the GEO Secretariat, at a workshop hosted by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in Ankara, Turkey, in November.

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