The Earth observations community and initiatives

AfriGEOSS
AfriGEOSS aims to coordinate the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and related Earth observation activities in Africa.

ARMC – African Resource Management Constellation
The ARMC is a collaboration currently involving Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Algeria. The initiative has the purpose of developing  a constellation of satellites to provide real time, unrestricted and affordable access to satellite data to support effective environmental and resource management in Africa.

CEOS – Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
CEOS ensures the international co-ordination of civil space-based Earth observation programmes and promotes exchange of data to optimise societal benefit and inform decision-making for securing a prosperous and sustainable future for humankind.

Copernicus
Copernicus, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is the European Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth observations.

CoPs – Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice (CoPs) form the foundation stones of SA-GEO. A CoP is a user-led community of stakeholders, from providers to the final beneficiaries of Earth observation data and information, with a common interest in specific societal benefit areas.

DIRISA – Data Intensive Research Infrastructure of South Africa
DIRISA empowers scientists to collect massive amounts of data, marking an important step towards solving complex problems like global climate change.

GEO – Group on Earth Observations
The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is leading a worldwide effort to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

GEOSS – Global Earth Observation System of Systems
GEOSS seeks to connect the producers of environmental data and decision-support tools with the end users of these products, with the aim of enhancing the relevance of Earth observations to global issues. The result is to be a global public infrastructure that generates comprehensive, near-real-time environmental data, information and analyses for a wide range of users.

GMES – Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
Copernicus, previously known as GMES, is the European Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth observation.

GMES-Africa – Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa and African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries
GMES Africa aims at strengthening capacities and developing infrastructure for the intense and coherent exploitation by African users of Earth Observations (space and in-situ) data, technologies and services in support of environmental policies for sustainable development in Africa and ACP countries.

NEOSS – National Earth Observations and Space Secretariat
NEOSS provides secretariat services for SA-GEO and its CoPs, and provides the conduit between the SA-GEO community, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and GEO/GEOSS.

SAEON – South African Environmental Observation Network
SAEON’s network design promotes the integration of existing environmental observation systems, while it is stabilised by core funding from DST and a diverse range of participants.

SAEOS – South African Earth Observation Strategy
SAEOS coordinates the collection, assimilation and dissemination of Earth observation data, so that their full potential to support policy, decision-making, economic growth and sustainable development in South Africa can be realised.

SAEOSS – The South African Earth Observation System of Systems
The SAEOSS portal offers the South African Earth observations community the opportunity to discover, access and eventually analyse Earth observations datasets.

SANSA – South African National Space Agency
SANSA is South Africa’s government agency responsible for the promotion and development of aeronautics and aerospace space research. It fosters cooperation in space-related activities and research in space science, seeks to advance scientific engineering through human capital, as well as the peaceful use of outer space, and supports the creation of an environment conducive to the industrial development of space technologies within the framework of national government.