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  • 06 Apr 2016 5:05 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)


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    The African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) invites expression of interest from national institutional members and/or other organizations/agencies in Africa for the hosting/organization of the 12th Conference of the Association in 2018. Bids can also be received for the 13th edition (2020) and the 14th edition (2022). The conference is usually held in the month of October (of every even-number year).


    L'Association africaine de télédétection de l'environnement (AARSE) lance un appel d’intérêt de la part de membres institutionnels nationaux et/ou de la part organisations/agences en Afrique pour l'organisation de la 12e Conférence de l'Association en 2018. Les offres peuvent également être reçues pour la 13ème édition en 2020 et la 14ème édition en 2022. La conférence se tient habituellement pendant le mois d’Octobre de l’année en question.

  • 13 Mar 2016 7:54 PM | Anonymous

    Geo-spatial Information is a rapidly growing field in science and industry worldwide. Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems not only deliver accurate positioning but are used to acquire, manipulate, and store Geo-spatial data for solving pressing real‐world problems and complex issues concerning climate, water cycles, urban planning, and public health.


    The International Academy of Geo-spatial Information Science, Wuhan University (IAG‐WHU) is an independent school for international students at Wuhan University. Wuhan University enjoys a worldwide reputation in this area and has made many contributions to the domestic and international development of the Geo-spatial field. IAG‐WHU provides qualified applicants with masters and doctoral education in Geo-spatial Information Science conferring internationally recognized degrees.


    The Master program offers students high quality courses and training in the various domains of Geo-spatial information technologies useful for their future professional lives in terms of lifelong learning and potentially as preparation for doctoral studies. The MSc program includes the following specializations:

    • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
    • Geodesy and Survey Engineering
    • Cartography and Geographic Information Engineering


    The Doctoral program serves as a preparation to scientific work in the area of Geo-spatial information technology. It provides a theoretical and technical training integrated with real world projects and equips graduates with skills to be international scholars, as well as professional engineers in government or NGOs. The program includes three major areas: Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Geodesy and Survey Engineering and Cartography and Geographic Information Engineering. Within those domains a wide range of faculty interests are represented, such as disaster management, urban planning and management, accurate positioning and space navigation, Geo-spatial information service, cultural heritage preservation, water resource studies, atmospheric monitoring. Ph.D students are expected to have a background in Mathematics or Computer Science or Geo-spatial Information, and we welcome those who have had professional experience and wish to return to deepen their education.


    Wuhan University, located by the beautiful Luojia Mountain in the historic city of Wuhan, is a key national university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of China. Its history can be traced back to Ziqiang Institute, founded in 1893 by Zhang Zhidong, then governor of Hubei Province and Hunan Province in the late Qing Dynasty. Wuhan University is a comprehensive institution covering a wide range of disciplines, and is one of the most prestigious universities in China. Wuhan University has earned a world‐wide reputation. In recent years, it has expanded international exchanges and cooperation, establishing cooperative relationships with more than 370 universities and research institutes in over 44 countries and regions.


    Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China, lies at the east of Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of Yangtze and Han River. It’s the crossroads of nine provinces and known as the Chicago of the East. Wuhan has a long history, and rich culture traditions, and was the original seat of the Chu and Zhou dynasty about two thousand years ago. Today, Wuhan has a population of approximately 10,338,000 people (2014). It is one of China’s most important hubs for communications, water, and rail transportation and an important scientific research, education, and high‐tech industry base.


    For further information please visit our website:

    • MSc Program: http://admission.whu.edu.cn/courses/show‐4986.html
    • Doctoral Program: http://admission.whu.edu.cn/courses/show‐4992.html
    • Wuhan University: http://admission.whu.edu.cn/index.html
    • IAG‐WHU: http://www.lmars.whu.edu.cn/en/list.jsp?id=y0hxabgxhd

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: igeo@whu.edu.cn

  • 13 Mar 2016 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    Le secteur privé africain impliqué dans la télédétection et les technologies de géo information s'est considérablement agrandi au cours des 20 dernières années. Cependant il n'existe pas d'étude pour comprendre la façon dont opèrent ces entreprises et les défis qu'elles doivent relever. Il est donc difficile d'évaluer leur expertise et l'état du secteur. Pourtant, dans le contexte de la coopération spatiale entre l'Europe (UE) et l’Afrique (AU), le 4e sommet Afrique-UE a approuvé la mise en œuvre de l’initiative GMES-Afrique en 2014. Lors de la 6e réunion de la Troïka UE-Afrique, la feuille de route GMES-Afrique a été adoptée et il a été convenu de réunir les parties prenantes pour mettre en œuvre le processus dans plusieurs domaines thématiques de première importance sous l’égide du Programme Panafricain.


    Le communiqué final appelle à appliquer les méthodes développées dans le programme européen d’observation de la terre, Copernicus (infrastructures satellitaires et services d’information) pour la mise en œuvre de GMES-Afrique, notamment l’adoption d’une politique d’accès libre et gratuit aux données, la priorité aux services opérationnels et l’implication du secteur privé dans le développement de ces services.


    Afin que l’Afrique puisse bénéficier pleinement de la coopération avec l’Union Européenne dans le cadre de l’initiative GMES-Afrique et d’autres programmes, AARSE considère que l’implication dès l’origine du secteur privé opérant dans l’observation de la terre et la géo-information est essentielle. Par exemple, l’appel à expression d'intérêt  récemment publié par l’Union africaine pour le développement d’un cadre conceptuel pour l’initiative GMES-Afrique invite expressément le secteur privé africain à participer à des consortia (plus d’information : https://www.devex.com/projects/tenders/gmes-africa-guidelines-for-call-for-concept-note/190552). AARSE http://africanremotesensing.org/, en coopération avec l’Association européenne des entreprises de télédétection (EARSC) http://earsc.org, association sans but lucratif représentant les intérêts de l’industrie européenne de l'observation de la terre, lance un inventaire de l’industrie de l’observation de la terre et de la géo-information en Afrique. L’enquête est soutenue par la Commission Européenne.


    Notre étude cible toutes les entreprises enregistrées dans un pays africain engagées dans la fourniture de produits et de services géo spatiaux utilisant des données d’observation de la terre. Il peut s’agir d’opérateurs de satellites, de fournisseurs de services de télédétection, ou de départements d’entreprises actives dans d’autres domaines tels que le secteur des hydrocarbures, utilisation du territoire, de l’évaluation de l’environnement etc. Peu importe la quantité de données utilisées l’important est que des données satellitaires sont utilisées– même dérivées ou prétraitées – dans l’entreprise. Notre questionnaire se concentre sur un nombre limité de questions pour développer une meilleure compréhension du secteur, mettant l'accent sur l'analyse du marché, la stratégie des entreprises, et les intérêts des entreprises dans le développement du secteur et dans la coopération régionale ou internationale.


    Nous voudrions toucher le plus d'entreprises africaines possible et c'est avec intérêt que nous lirons vos réponses. Nous avons sollicité l'appui de plusieurs entreprises en Afrique mais nous sommes certains qu’ils y sont nombreux d’autres pas encore connues de nous. Nous remuons ciel et terre tant que ceux que nous ne sommes pas conscients, se présentent pour participer dans cet effort continental. Nous avons déjà envoyé des invitations á plus de 150 entreprises enregistrées en Afrique de participer à notre enquête. Nous appelons à toutes les entreprises de l’observation de la terre et de la géo-information pas encore contactées, de nous envoyer immédiatement le nom de leur organisation, point de contact et adresse email si intéressées à participer.


    Veuillez- vous diriger aux adresses suivantes:

    Tsehaie Woldai: (Tsehaie.woldai@africanremotesensing.org) 
    Elisabeth Zeil-Fahlbusch: (elisabeth.zeil-fahlbusch@africanremotesensing.org)

  • 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: https://www.devex.com/projects/tenders/gmes-africa-guidelines-for-call-for-concept-note/190552).

     

    AARSE http://africanremotesensing.org/, in cooperation with the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, EARSC http://earsc.org/, 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: (Tsehaie.woldai@africanremotesensing.org

    Elisabeth Zeil-Fahlbusch: (elisabeth.zeil-fahlbusch@africanremotesensing.org)
  • 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)

    Introduction

    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


    Payment

    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 outreach@indepthresearch.org.

    For further inquiries;

    Email: outreach@indepthresearch.org.

    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 (www.copernicus-masters.com) 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 www.copernicus-masters.com





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