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NEWS: Barbara J. Ryan Re-appointed as GEO Secretariat Director
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Barbara J. Ryan has been re-appointed, without competition, to a second, three year term as the Secretariat Director of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Ryan’ s re-appointment was made by unanimous consent of the GEO Executive Committee.

NEWS: South Africa supports another Nasa satellite launch

South Africa successfully assisted with the launch of Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite on 2 July. This was the latest in a number of such launches South Africa has been involved in - the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) revealed on Thursday. "Our coverage included the second stage burn-2 and live video footage of the spacecraft separation," Sansa space operations manager Yunus Bhayat said in a statement.

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NEWS: Arianespace to launch Sentinel-1B observation satellite
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The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace announced today that they have signed a launch contract for the second radar satellite in the Sentinel-1 mission, Sentinel-1B, part of Copernicus, a joint European Union and European Space Agency (ESA) environmental monitoring program. The launch is scheduled on a Soyuz rocket in 2016 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

NEWS: GIS and Remote Sensing (GISRS) laboratory at Zambia Forestry College

The government has partnered with Denmark to implement infrastructure development projects worth over K6 million at the Zambia Forestry College (ZFC) which also includes a female hostel and science laboratory. “Having the geographical information system and remote sensing laboratory is a big achievement at our college. With the laboratory in place, our students will be able to quickly determine the changes in the environment,” Mr Banda, the acting principal, said.
NEWS: AfricaGEO Feedback
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The AfricaGEO Conference, held in Cape Town from 1 to 3 July 2014, was a resounding success. Over 610 delegates from 28 countries attended the function, which featured 180 exhibitors and saw over 90 papers being presented. The participation in the presentations and the interaction amongst delegates was considerable, and often led to some interesting and thought provoking debates.

AARSE 2014 CONFERENCE: Request for sponsorship and Invitation to exhibit

The AARSE conferences normally attract up to 350 delegates form African countries and includes senior decision makers, remote sensing and GIS practitioners, academics, students and scientists. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) are hosting the AARSE2014 conference. We hereby notify all that time is running out on applications for exhibition and sponsorship opportunities. These opportunities will help you to promote your brand to the African participants at this prestigious conference. For more information send an email to
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: Discount for the AARSE 2014 conference
AARSE member discount

To show just how much we value our members the AARSE council has decided to give our Regular members inside and outside Africa discount for the registration for the AARSE 2014 conference. If your membership fees are paid for 2014 you will receive $30 discount and if your membership fees are paid upfront for 2015 and 2016 you will receive $100 discount.

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CALL FOR PROPOSAL: TIGER Research Proposals 2014
A new call for TIGER Research proposals has just been opened, with a strict deadline for submissions on September 15th 2014. With this call ESA aims to select up to 10 new TIGER research projects lead by African scientists(PhD level) focusing on the exploitation of the evolving capabilities of existing and upcoming satellite missions (e.g. Sentinel-1& 2, SMOS, SMAP, Proba-V) to achieve innovative scientific results and to demonstrate applications relevant for water resource management.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainable Energy and Environmental Sciences (SEES 2015)
Prospective authors are invited to submit original papers (not being considered for publication elsewhere) in standard format (double column, single-spaced, 10-pt font) describing new theoretical and/or experimental research. Submissions are recommended to have no more than 10 pages (extra pages are subject to surcharge), including figures, tables, and references. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, correctness, and presentation.
CALL FOR PAPERS: International Workshop on Remote Sensing
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The International Conference on Cultural Heritage brings together researchers, policy makers, professionals and practitioners. The main goal of the conference is to focus on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research on tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage, the use of cutting edge technologies for the protection, restoration, preservation, massive digitalization, documentation and presentation of the CH content. The call for Workshop papers is still open.
COURSE: Free online GIS courses
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GIS247 is a complete training solution for large & small organisations, user groups & individuals. It is delivered within their Learning Management System (LMS) that tracks user progress & permits your own training manager to effectively manage & target users' training programs. To access the free courses, just register for a free account. You can access free ArcGIS or MapInfo Professional courses, or even both.
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Since 2010 China has launched a higher resolution global land cover mapping project using 30 m resolution imagery, which aims to produce Global Land Cover (GLC) products at 30 m resolution for the year 2000 and 2010. GlobalLand30 data sets are produced at 30m and 250m resolution and contains ten major land cover classes, i.e. open water, wetland, artificial cover, agricultural land, forest, grassland, shrub, permanent snow and ice, tundra, and bare land.
Africa payment options

AARSE has identified two major payment solutions that our members use to make the membership fee payments, PayPal and Online Naira. Each of these solutions have their own benefits and constraints. This article will allow you to make an informed decision on which payment channel to use.

RESEARCH BRIEF: Call for content
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