APRIL 2015
African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Association Africaine de Télédétection de L’environnement
READER SURVEY: EO Data Access & Availability in Africa

In the February edition of AARSE Newsletter, an online survey was conducted to initiate an assessment of availability and access to data from EO satellites owned by African countries. As at press time for this edition of the newsletter, 147 have responded to the online survey. Out of this number, only 38 (25.85%) have used satellite images produced by African countries. What could be the reason(s) for this unencouraging performance of African EO satellites? Is it due to accessibility constraint? Or are users not even aware of the existence of the data in the first place? Click here to voice your opinion. If you completed the survey in the March newsletter you do not need to complete this one again.

NEWS: AARSE2014 conference proceedings

The AARSE council is happy to inform you that the AARSE2014 Electronic Proceedings are now available. The AARSE LOC wish to thank, Prof Fethi Ahmed of the University of the Witwatersrand; Prof Onisimo Mutanga of the University of KwaZulu-Natal; and Dr Elisabeth Zeil-Fahlbusch, Member of the AARSE Executive Council and AARSE Editor, for the countless selfless hours they contributed towards editing and formatting papers and the production of these proceedings. READ MORE

NEWS: New AARSE executive council member

AARSE would like to welcome Dr. Islam Abou El-Magd, Associate Professor at the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS), in Cairo Egypt, as our North Africa Councillor of the AARSE Executive Council. READ MORE

NEWS: African mountain atlas could aid disaster planning

Satellite images and maps of African mountains have been bundled into an atlas to give policymakers clearer information that could assist with disaster planning. READ MORE

NEWS: ANUC-ISSL holds space satellite technology workshop

The All Nations University College (ANUC), through its Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory (ISSL), has held the Fourth Space Science and Satellite Technology Applications (SSSTA) workshop in Koforidua to spur up Africa’s future technologists and engineers. The University was the first in Ghana to conduct a space science and satellite technology workshop and also the premier in Sub-Saharan Africa to successfully launch a miniature satellite. READ MORE

NEWS: Capacity on MEASAT's AFRCIASAT-1a afforded to iSat Africa

Raj Malik, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, MEASAT, said, "AFRICASAT-1a will play a key role in serving the [Pan-African] region’s rising demand for managed services." READ MORE

NEWS: Inside the headquarters of Sansa

Despite the fact that the Hartebeeshoek installation for the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is a designated National Key Point, it’s not an especially intimidating site. What we found was a humble looking plot at the end of a little-travelled road in the foothills, about 60 km from Johannesburg and slightly to the right of Krugersdorp. READ MORE

NEWS: Satellite imagery can aid development projects

A team of graduate students at MIT and a social-service group of data scientists have come up with a way of automating parts of that evaluation process, by developing software that can identify houses and even types of houses from readily-available satellite imagery – potentially saving considerable time that would otherwise be spent sending teams from village to village. READ MORE

OPPORTUNITY: Short course training @ Stellenbosch University

The Centre for Geographical Analysis (CGA) has a variety of short courses that they will offer this year.
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OPPORTUNITY: Free remote sensing workshop

The University of Kwazulu Natal be hosting a training workshop on “Laser and Optics in Atmospheric Remote Sensing” as a part of Atmospheric Research Group to be held at UKZN (Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa) on 10-11th September 2015. The workshop has been supported through ALC (African Laser Centre) and the world recognized event called IYL 2015 (International Year of Light). READ MORE

EVENT: 2015 IEEE radar conference

The role of radar is continuously evolving. New and emerging threats such as piracy, poaching and asymmetric warfare dictate that radars need to develop to address these challenges in intelligent ways. Coupled with a dynamic operational environment with increasingly complex clutter is the need for radar to constantly improve to meet the demands of asymmetric threats and civilian applications, such as air traffic management and border surveillance. The aim of this conference is to focus on innovations in radar that rise to these challenges. READ MORE

EVENT: 1st International Electronic Conference on Remote Sensing

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Remote Sensing (ECRS-1) aims to promote and advance the exciting and rapidly changing field of remote sensing and contribute towards outlining the role of earth observation in monitoring the environment for a sustainable future. READ MORE

CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on advances in geomatics research

The Department of Geomatics and Land Management at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda is proud to announce the 3rd Conference on Advances in Geomatics Research from the 6th to 7th August 2015. Abstracts and full papers on a wide variety of themes are invited. READ MORE

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: Free IEEE-GRSS membership

Join AARSE now and enjoy one year free membership of IEEE Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). Click here to become an AARSE member.

RESEARCH BRIEF: Call for content

Herewith we invite our readers to provide research briefs on a recent case study or a new methodology. Research briefs should include application field, key results, impact, status of application, area of application, algorithm & data used, and contact to author/organization.
Please send all content to info@africanremotesensing.org