MAY 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 the 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. This will be the last opportunity to voice your opinion on this subject. If you completed the survey in the March or April newsletter you do not need to complete this one again.


OPPORTUNITY: Copernicus Masters Competition

The Copernicus Masters competition 2015 is now open for submissions - with new challenges, industry leading partners and an immense prize pool. SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs, students and everyone with a brilliant idea is welcome to join and submit their entries from 15 April to 13 July 2015. READ MORE

OPPORTUNITY: Doctoral Research Scholarship

A 3-year research project to undertake a doctoral dissertations within the Water Group of the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University is available. the topic is 'Enhancement of fire spread modelling using high-resolution remotely sensed data'. This will be in collaboration and co-supervision with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). READ MORE

OPPORTUNITY: UNESCO Call for Proposals

UNESCO’s Climate Frontlines initiative with the support of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust has issued a new call for proposals for pastoral/herding communities across 13 countries in the sub-Saharan region. The project aims at understanding pastoral peoples’ own knowledge of weather and climate, their forecasting skills, and their observations of environmental change. Deadline: 11 May. READ MORE


A short course in geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA) will be held from 17 August 2015 at the Centre for Geographical Analysis at Stellenbosch University. This course is aimed at intermediate EO practitioners who require instruction in the principles and techniques fundamental to GEOBIA. READ MORE

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2015 IEEE Radar Conference

The paper submission deadline was extended. Due to requests received by many prospective authors, the paper submission deadline has been extended to 25 May 2015 – so you still have time to come and showcase your new insights. READ MORE

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Geospatial Techniques in Geosciences

The theme of the International conference of Geospatial Techniques in Geosciences is the application of GIS and remote sensing for Earth Sciences, Geography, Geosciences, and Environmental Sciences. The conference will be held October 21-22, 2015 in Taza, Morocco, hosted by the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Taza at the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah university. Submission deadline: 31 May 2015. READ MORE


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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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