African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Association Africaine de Télédétection de L’environnement
UPDATE: AARSE participates in preparations for GEO week

AARSE is excited to confirm that the GEO Week, Ministerial Summit and GEO-XII Plenary, will be held the week of 9-13 November in Mexico City. Set to coincide with the Latin America Geospatial Forum (LAGF) and the 2nd Session of UN-GGIM America, Ministers of Geo member countries will be faced with a challenging decision agenda on the future of the Group of Earth Observation (GEO). Topics on the agenda for GEO include adopting its 2016-2025 Strategic Plan, providing guidance on existing and future GEO activities to address global, regional and national challenges as well as renewing commitments to GEO and its mandate. As an associate organisation to GEO and participant to the AfriGEOSS working group, AARSE looks forward to contributing to the next phase of GEO.

UPDATE: New GEO member and AfriGeoss partnership

AARSE would like to extend a warm welcome to Zimbabwe as the 98th GEO Member and the 25th African State in the AfriGEOSS partnership!

ARTICLE: Detecting artificial water using free data & open software

By: Harry Jon Foord Owen, Clare Duncan and Nathalie Pettorelli

Deserts are among the most poorly understood biomes in the world, currently experiencing among the highest rates of environmental change and biodiversity loss. A major controlling factor on the ecology and distribution of vegetation and animal populations in these harsh arid systems is the abundance and distribution of water sources. We here investigate the potential for freely available satellite imagery to provide reliable information about the distribution of artificial water points using the Ouadi Rime-Ouadi Achim Faunal Reserve (OROAFR), Chad, as a case study. READ MORE


EVENT UPDATE: Full programme for Geomatics Indaba 2015

The Geomatics Indaba 2015 conference, exhibition and training event is set to be a highlight of the African geospatial industry calendar this year, with the theme: "Developing spatial technologies and skills for strategic infrastructure planning". Click here to download full programme

OPPORTUNITY: Africa contacts for Carbon Flagship

The new proposed GEO Carbon Flagship (GCF) will contribute to the implementation of the next GEO Strategic Plan for the period 2016-2025.The Coordinator is looking for African institutions with an interest in the same space to join the project team. If you already have activities in this field, we recommend you consider joining this team. This would increase Africa's participation in the GEO Work Programme.


The Skoll Global Threats Fund is seeking proposals that outline a methodology to identify early indications of when a water or climatic event in one location, such as floods, droughts, or heatwaves, may trigger direct and indirect impacts elsewhere in the world. This methodology would ideally allow for near-real time monitoring, and a method for triggering alerts for when indications are identified. This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution. READ MORE

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.
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