South African Group on Earth Observations

Integrated use of earth observations for societal benefit in South Africa

The objectives of SA-GEO are to promote the use and application of Earth observations in daily activities; promote networking within the South African Earth Observations communities; share scientific and applications knowledge on the uses of earth observations; provide a forum for researchers, academics, public officials, industry, data suppliers, consultants, NGOs and other professionals interested in earth observations to interact.

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GEOSS Portal


The GEOSS Portal is your main entry point to Earth Observation data from all over the world.
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Grants and calls

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa – GMES & Africa

Open Call for Proposals
Reference: [HRST/ST/G&A/823/05.17]

The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (GMES & Africa), is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission and the European Union, geared towards addressing the growing needs of African countries to access and use Earth Observation (EO) data for the implementation of sustainable development policies on the continent. The programme will promote a more sustainable management of natural resources by improving decision making process through the provision of additional pertinent information, and improve African policy-makers’ and planners’ capacities to design, implement, and monitor national, regional and continental policies, whilst promoting the sustainable management of natural resources through the use of EO data and derived information.

The African Union Commission invites proposals from interested and eligible African institutions for the implementation of the GMES & Africa Support Programme with the following specific objectives:

  • Consolidating, extending and developing applications for the Water and Natural Resources and the Marine & Coastal Areas Services to adequately provide information   to policymakers, scientists, businesses and the public on real time basis,
  • Strengthening regional and national capacities to generate and apply EO-based and in-situ information for Water and Natural Resources and the Marine & Coastal Areas Services,
  • Raising public awareness on the critical role of Earth Observation in sustainable development; and
  • Developing a framework for promoting intra-African collaboration and open access to data for Water and Natural Resources and the Marine & Coastal Areas Services.The full Guidelines for Applicants, Application form and other supporting documents are available for downloading from the Internet site

The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, August, 21  2017 at 17:00 hours, Addis Ababa time (GMT + 3).

Call for Proposals

Novel applications for Earth observation data

SANSA and Airbus Defence and Space invite you to submit your novel concept for the use of satellite data by 17 June 2017.  Shortlisted candidates will receive support from specialists towards the commercialisation of their idea. Read More

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