Archive of news and events

GMES & Africa call for Earth observation concept notes
Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMS) & Africa is calling for concept notes from consortia of African entities whose mission, or part of it, is to contribute to the efforts of African countries in managing water resources, natural resources, and marine and coastal resources in Africa.   The consortia must have a strong background in using and/or developing Earth observation applications to provide services.  The Call will run until 5th November 2015.


TanDEM-X Bistatic Mode
2015 is an important year for the demonstration of new and innovative products within the TanDEM-X Science Phase. In October 2014  the operation of the pursuit monostatic mode was started; the team is still successfully acquiring data for the science community. In March 2015 the two satellites will be reconfigured into a formation to acquire data with a large baseline in bistatic mode. For those who are interested in acquisitions in the bistatic mode for the time between April 2015 to September 2015, and who have not submitted a proposal so far, please note that the due date for proposal submission is February 06, 2015.


Evaluation of GEOSS (2005 – 2015)
The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) has launched the sixth and summative evaluation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) 2005 – 2015. Public evaluation survey available online; deadline January 31, 2015.


TIGER-NET WOIS Training in Pretoria, South Africa
From the 13th to 17th of October 2014 a TIGER-NET Demonstration Workshop was provided for the South African Department of Water and Sanitation, hosted by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) training facility.


GEO releases Revision 4 of the GEO 2012-2015 Work Plan
Revision 4 of the GEO 2012-2015 Work Plan has been released. It incorporates comments from the GEO-XI Plenary held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13 to 14 November 2014. South African Earth observation practitioners are invited to contact the SA-GEO Secretariat on how to engage with the Work Plan.


Scholarships for Master’s in GIS and EO Environmental Modelling and Management
Five renowned European institutes offer a unique Erasmus Mundus joint European Master of Science (MSc) Course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM), which starts annually in September. The deadline for EMMC applications is 1 December 2014.


Taking the Pulse of the Planet: Group on Earth Observations convenes 11th Plenary
Under the theme, “Taking the Pulse of the Planet”, 275 members of the GEO community, from more than 45 countries, will chart the next steps in creating and implementing a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) during the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Eleventh Plenary Session to be held on 12-14 November in Geneva, Switzerland.


CoP discusses crop assessment and monitoring initiative
The SA-GEO Agriculture Community of Practice (CoP) gathered on 3 September 2014 to deliberate on the progress made and mechanisms to continue to exploit the preferential imagery available and accessible for the duration of the de-orbiting of SPOT 4. The Free State Province was identified last year as an area that requires research and is more suited as a site for the Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring Initiative (JECAM).


SA-GEO side event at AARSE2014
SA-GEO will have a special session on Monday 27 October 2014, between 15h30 and 18h00 where the Communities of Practice can meet and discuss their plans for 2015. This will also be an opportunity for the SA-GEO community to network and interact. SA-GEO participants are welcome to attend the whole day and participate in the plenary and parallel sessions on that day. Registration with the SA-GEO Secretariat before 23 October 2014 is a pre-requisite for those who are not registered for AARSE2014.


Sentinel-1 Scientific Data Hub now open
The Sentinel-1 Scientific Data Hub is open! Download Sentinel-1 data. General information on access to Sentinel data


Crowdsourcing Geospatial Big Data: Webinar
Every day DigitalGlobe collects over 4,000,000 square kilometers of high resolution imagery, complete with super-spectral information.  This creates immense opportunity not only to see the globe but to understand it. Our mission is to transform imagery into information that is searchable and indexable, enabling planet-scale analytics.  Geospatial Big Data (GBD) connects our daily take and entire archive to a collection of analytic tools, algorithms and workflows, all in a scalable and secure cloud-based environment. But the data is just the first step. In a webinar on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, you will learn about GBD applications that unlock the information contained in our imagery.


Developing concept paper on EO infrastructure
1 September 2014 – The South African Group on Earth Observations (SA-GEO) Secretariat, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the intergovernmental GEO umbrella, recently convened the third EO Infrastructure Community of Practice (CoP) meeting. The EO Infrastructure CoP set out to discuss the development of a concept paper on EO Infrastructure, get an update on the current state of EO Infrastructure, and comment on a GEO (international) document on data sharing managing principles.


Land cover CoP discusses co-ordination mechanisms
1 September 2014 – The SA-GEO (South African Group on Earth Observations) Secretariat, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, convened the Land Cover Community of Practise (CoP) meeting on 14 August 2014 to discuss the South African national land cover co-ordination mechanisms. The SA-GEO CoP comprises voluntary members of earth observations stakeholders and serves as a mechanism to facilitate the identification of available datasets, user needs and applications, as well as promoting the effective use and sharing of data and information.


SADC earth observation efforts rally around AfriGEOSS and GEOGLAM
29 May 2014 – The AfriGEOSS initiative has received endorsement and support as a coordination mechanism by representatives of six SADC countries during the AfriGEOSS-EOPower-GEOGLAM Southern Africa sub-regional workshop. The initiative has the ability to link existing programmes in Africa for beneficiation by other countries and institutions.


SA-GEO “Communities of Practice” workshop
10 March 2014 – Humbulani Mudau, Chief Director:  Space Science and Technology at the Department of Science and Technology, opened the South African Group on Earth Observation (SA-GEO) Communities of Practice (CoP) Workshop held at the CSIR Convention Centre on 26 and 27 February 2014. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate the exchange of information and interaction within and between CoPs, to review the objectives of current activities, to conceptualise and initiate new activities as well as to  identify SA-GEO CoPs’ contributions to GEO tasks.


Earth observation community gathers for SA-GEO
30 September 2013 – Three days of lively interactions and debate on matters relating to “Using Earth Observations for informed decision making in South Africa” characterised the 2nd SA-GEO Symposium. Hosted by the University of Fort Hare from 10 to 12 September 2013, the event was organised by the National Earth Observations and Space Secretariat (NEOSS), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and hosted by the CSIR. The event was attended by approximately 140 delegates.


University of Fort Hare hosts SA-GEO 2013
July 2013 – Using earth observations for informed decision-making in South Africa is the theme of the second annual SA-GEO Symposium of the National Earth Observations and Space Secretariat (NEOSS), which takes place at the University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape, from 10 to 12 September 2013. This symposium is an initiative to highlight and share earth observation applications that are under development or are operational in South Africa at the current time and that contribute to realising societal benefit.


Second SA-GEO symposium at University of Fort Hare
19 June 2013 – Using earth observations for informed decision-making in South Africa is the theme of the second annual SA-GEO Symposium of the National Earth Observations and Space Secretariat (NEOSS), which takes place at University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape, from 10 to 12 September 2013. This symposium is an initiative to highlight and share earth observation applications that are under development or are operational in South Africa at the current time and that contribute to realising societal benefit.


Feedback from the GEONETCab workshop
25 June 2012 – The SADC region workshop for the GEONETCab project (FP7 project) was held on 8 June 2012 at SANSA Space Operations, Hartebeeshoek, in South Africa. The workshop attracted 48 participants who could be categorised based on the GEONETCab UML model, as follows: earth observation (E0) client (20), EO provider (7), EO client and provider (16), and EO provider and decision maker (5). The participants represented SADC member states such as South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Botswana.


EO secretariat holds stakeholder meeting
25 June 2012 – The National Earth Observation and Space Secretariat (NEOSS), in collaboration with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), held a stakeholder meeting at the end of May. The objective of the meeting was to introduce NEOSS, promote active participation in SA-GEO and its communities of practices, and provide a live demonstration of the the South African Earth Observation System (SAEOS) portal.


Promotion of data sharing within the SAEON domain
31 October 2011 – Long-term data is irreplaceable and if monitoring continues uninterrupted and the data is accessible, the value of the data is compounded. Long-term data is becoming increasingly invaluable to society, which is facing mounting environmental challenges. This holds true everywhere on planet Earth. For this discussion I will exclude information products derived from basic data sets.


SA Geological Hazard Observation System
19 February 2011 – The Council for Geoscience held a workshop in Pretoria on 15 February 2011 to discuss the South African Geological Hazard Observation System. The system intends to stimulate the creation of decision support or risk management systems aimed at assessing the impacts of geological hazards and informing policymakers in terms of prevention, mitigation and adaptation. The project is funded by the Department of Science and Technology and is expected to be complete by late 2013.