African Association of
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  • 13 Mar 2016 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    The African private sector involved in remote sensing (RS) and geospatial technologies to address scientific, practical and policy aspects has immensely grown over the past 20 years. However, there is no comprehensive information to fully understand how companies operate and what challenges they face. It is therefore difficult to harness their expertise and to assess state and health of the sector.

    Yet, in the context of the Europe (EU)-Africa cooperation in Space, the 4th Africa-EU Summit has approved the implementation of GMES & Africa in 2014. At the 6th EU-Africa Space Troika meeting the GMES & Africa Road Map was adopted and it was agreed to convene stakeholders for launching the implementation process in several crucial thematic areas under the Pan African Programme. In particular, the final communiqué calls upon the application of approaches developed in the European EO Programme, Copernicus (space infrastructure and information services), for the implementation of GMES & Africa, notably by adopting a free and open data policy, by focusing on operational services and by involving the private sector in the services development.


    If Africa is to truly benefit from the EU-Africa cooperation on GMES & Africa and other programmes, AARSE believes that it is essential that the African private sector operating in the EO and geospatial fields is part of the programme right from the beginning. The recent tender issued by the AU for GMES & Africa Call for Concept Note, for example, explicitly invites the private sector in Africa to participate in bidding consortia (more in:


    AARSE, in cooperation with the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, EARSC, a non-profit organization representing the European Earth Observation (EO) Services Industry, are embarking on an inventory of the African private EO and Geospatial industry. Our survey targets all companies registered in Africa which are engaged in business related to the supply of geospatial products and services concerning or using EO data. These may be satellite operators, EO service providers or internal service departments inside companies engaged in different business e.g., oil & gas, land use, environmental assessment, etc.

    The amount of data used is not important. It is sufficient that some satellite data are used- even in a derived/ processed form somewhere in the business.  Our questionnaire will direct a limited number of questions to African companies to develop an understanding of the sector, gain insight into business focus and market, and explore interests of companies in developing the sector and on regional/ international cooperation.


    We would like to capture as many African companies as possible and look forward to the kind participation of your company in our survey. So far we have enlisted several companies registered in Africa and we are certain there are many more not known to us.  We leave no stone unturned however, until those whom we are not aware off, come forward to participate in this continental effort.


    We have already sent invitations to more than 150 companies registered in Africa to participate in our survey. We call upon all African private EO and Geospatial companies not contacted so far, to immediately send us the name of their organization, contact person and email if interested to participate.


    Tsehaie Woldai: (

    Elisabeth Zeil-Fahlbusch: (
  • 20 Nov 2015 1:47 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)
    ESA is pleased to announce a new TIGER call for proposals aimed at selecting up to 10 new research projects, carried out by an African and an European scientist in full partnership, i.e. the funding aims to strengthen partner cooperation on a shared research topic.

    The research shall focus on the exploitation of the capabilities of existing/past satellite missions (e.g. Sentinel-1 and 2, SMOS, Proba-V, ERS, ENVISAT) to achieve innovative scientific results and to demonstrate applications and services related to agricultural water resource management. Proposals preparing for the exploitation of missions planned for the near future (e.g., Sentinel-3, SMAP) are also invited.

    The following main research objectives have been defined for the present call “Water for Agriculture”:

    • better understand and assess the status and changes in different components of the water cycle (e.g. evapotranspiration) in major African agricultural zones with EO data and evaluate how the effects of climate change and human interventions on sustainable agricultural productivity can be identified and monitored;
    • develop EO-based data analysis methods for the design and management of regional and local water storage and run-off delaying measures (e.g. rainfall harvesting, reservoir design and management) relevant for agricultural water supply;
    • develop prototype products, data services based on emerging EO capabilities (e.g. Sentinels) for supporting and complementing in situ water observation and monitoring systems (e.g. in agricultural water demand assessment, water use efficiency evaluation, irrigation monitoring).

    Deadline for applications: 17th of December 2015

    For more information click here
  • 27 Oct 2015 9:27 AM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)


    The main purpose of the course is to enhance the capabilities of technical staff involved in Food Security Analysis, climate analysis and agriculture by providing them with an understanding on the use of spatial and Earth Observation (EO) information as a tool to integrate knowledge about climate change, agriculture, and food security in a meaningful and innovative way.

    Course Objectives

    • Understand the basic concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing
    • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Food Security Analysis
    • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Climate Change Analysis
    • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Agriculture
    • Understand the relationship between climate change, agriculture and food security
    • Apply GIS and Remote Sensing as Decision support tool for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
    • Use GIS information in planning FS interventions through spatial multi-criteria analysis
    • Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of spatial data infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in CCAFS
    • Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems
    • Use participatory GIS (PGIS) tools during assessments at community level
    • Apply remote sensing data and image processing techniques to monitor select CCAFS indicators
    • Use mobile phones to gather data during field assessments/surveys
    • Design and implement their own GIS projects that integrate remote sensing data and GPS-based field information

    Course Content

    • Key concepts and definitions The impacts of climate change on Agriculture and food security
    • Use of GIS in Climate Predictions
    • GIS and Remote sensing in Agriculture
    • Food Security Assessment and Analysis
    • The use of satellite imagery for food insecurity detection and recovery
    • Visualization of vulnerability information
    • Assessing food insecurity impact
    • Climate change sources of uncertainty and variation
    • Global Positioning System (GPS) and Basic GPS skills
    • Public Participatory GIS and data collection using mobile phones Case Studies

    How to register:

    To participate, kindly click on this link to register as an individual: Register as Individual or click on this link to register as a Group: Register as Group


    Individual Price (Kenyan) KES 75,000.00 Individual Price (International) USD 1,100.00

    Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 28th December 2015.

    Send proof of payment to

    For further inquiries;


    Mob: +254 715 077 817

    Tel: 020 211 3814

    Click here to register

  • 04 Aug 2015 11:59 AM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    The new proposed GEO Carbon Flagship1 (hereinafter called GCF without anticipating any final name and acronym) will contribute to the implementation of the next GEO Strategic Plan for the period 2016-2025. The flagship will address important issues needed to build a connected and interoperable global network for carbon cycle (CC) and greenhouse gas (GHG) observations in the atmospheric, terrestrial ecosystem and oceanic domains.

    In particular the GEO Carbon Flagship will address these questions:

    • Why are carbon cycle and GHG observations so important?
    • Where are we coming from, i.e. what are the most important recent achievements?
    • Where do we want to go, i.e. what remains to be done in the framework of GEO for the next 10 years?
    • Who will be the important players?
    • What are the most urgent needs for integration between regional networks and from data providers to users?
    • How can a sustainable structure be achieved?

    Read more

  • 18 May 2015 10:40 AM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    DAAD has availed five PhD scholarships to ICRAF. The scholarships are open to candidates with following nationality: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. Interested candidates are invited to apply before 31 May 2015. 

    One of the scholarships is for a PhD that will be focusing on application of remote sensing in project impact assessment. The PhD study will be linked to the ongoing DGIS funded project in Ethiopia and the PhD student will be based at ICRAF Ethiopia.

    Click here for more details

  • 06 May 2015 12:58 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    A 3-year research project to undertake a doctoral dissertation (stipend: $25,849 p.a. (tax free)) within the Water Group of the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University is available for the following project in collaboration and co-supervision with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO):

    Enhancement of fire spread modelling using high-resolution remotely sensed data

    Bushfires are a frequently occurring natural hazard in Australia, which can be devastating to rural communities and homes and infrastructure at rural-urban interfaces. The ability to understand and accurately predict the behaviour of a bushfire would be a major benefit for short-term emergency response and management, as well as long-term risk planning in fire-prone areas. Models to predict the rate of spread of a bushfire are based on experimental and field observations. These give a rate of spread for the fire based on local environmental factors, such as wind, terrain and fuel. Computational implementation of these models can predict the arrival time of a fire over a given region. However, these models require accurate inputs for land cover and fuel conditions, as well as a detailed knowledge of fire propagation under complex conditions. This thesis will focus on 1) automated creation of fuel and land coverage maps using different remote sensing data, 2) development of new two-dimensional spread models from experimental and observed fire spread and 3) synthesis of fire prediction maps into spatial risk metrics.

    Download the pamphlet here

  • 06 May 2015 12:48 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)
    The Copernicus Masters competition 2015 is now open for submissions - with new challenges, industry leading partners and an immense prize pool.

    Since 2011, the Copernicus Masters competition ( has awarded innovative products, services or applications that are based on Earth observation data. Its purpose is to drive the development of market-oriented applications for utilising data generated through Europe's flagship satellite programme - Copernicus.

    In this year's edition, prizes will be awarded in topic-specific challenges sponsored by a number of world-class partners, including: the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), T-Systems International GmbH, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd., Greece's National Cadastre and Mapping Agency (NCMA), CloudEO AG, and European Space Imaging GmbH (EUSI). In addition, the new University Challenge specifically addresses students and research assistants around the world.

    The prize pool includes cash awards, satellite data access and quota as well as support-packages and is worth EUR 300,000.

    Click here to download the official pamphlet

    Click here for more details

    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 at

  • 27 Oct 2014 10:15 AM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    This will be the 10th biannual AARSE conference and will continue the excellent tradition of gathering world-class scientists, engineers and educators engaged in the fields of remote sensing and environment. We believe that the scientific themes of this event, focusing on the characterization of dynamic Earth processes, assimilation, today’s and upcoming satellite missions and integrated Earth observing systems will allow the formation of a most interesting technical program.

    Follow this link to be directed to the conference website 

  • 09 Sep 2014 8:56 AM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    Final opportunity!

    Stellenbosch University, South Africa

    Please note that 29 September – 3 October will be the last scheduled presentation of the above course in 2014.  The introductory course is aimed at RS beginners who require instruction in the basic theoretical and practical functionality of Remote Sensing.  If you are an RS beginner that want to expand their knowledge in this field click here.

  • 04 Aug 2014 10:14 AM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    The Integrated SA-GEO CoP workshop was successfully held in February 2014.

    The CoP’s developed concrete objectives and targets to be achieved during
    the period 2014/2015 financial year. In order to realise these objectives, the
    Co-Chairs of the following CoP’s would like to convene meetings during the
    month of August 2014.

    Click here for more info


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