FEBRUARY 2016
African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Association Africaine de Télédétection de L’environnement
FEEDBACK REPORT: UN-GGIM - Africa holds its first meeting

The first meeting of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Africa (UN-GGIM: Africa) was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 23rd to 25th November 2015. The meeting was hosted by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD). The UN-GGIM was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN to create a formal geospatial information coordination mechanism involving Member States as the key stakeholders. The Secretariat of UN-GGIM:Africa is the Geoinformation and Sectoral Statistics Section of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). READ MORE

BREAKING NEWS

AARSE 2016 CONFERENCE: Call for abstracts

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We are excited to announce that the 11th AARSE International conference will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 24 to 28 October 2016. The theme of this conference, ‘Our Earth, Our Heritage: Harnessing geospatial technologies for achieving sustainable development goals in Africa’, has been carefully chosen to emphasise the vital role of geospatial data and information in achieving the new post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDG). Researchers, professionals, educators, government officials, consultants, managers, students and other interested are hereby invited to submit abstracts and papers for oral presentations or poster displays to the organizers of the conference. Click here to view the brochure or here for more details about abstract submissions.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Master’s degree France

South African and Lesotho residents are invited to apply for a bursary programme to further their tertiary education at Masters level in France for the academic year September 2016 – 2017. Knowledge of French language is not necessarily required. READ MORE

VACANCY: Lead Author for Africa Data Report

In March 2015, upon the request of African Heads of States, a High Level Conference on Data Revolution in Africa was convened, during which the Africa Data Consensus was drafted. In keeping with its vision, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Web Foundation and Open Data for Development (OD4D) have partnered around a new initiative: the development of the first Africa Data Report. The report will provide a review of the Data Ecosystem in countries in Africa, identify common systemic challenges that hamper the full realisation of the Africa Data Revolution and provide recommendations for follow-up actions. This consulting role offers an engaging experience with 12 to 15 country researchers on the subject matter as well as possible international engagement with the report. Under the guidance of the project Steering Committee, the Lead Author will coordinate the research for preparation and drafting of the Africa Data Report. READ MORE

DATA SOURCES: 15 Free Satellite Imagery Data Sources

If you want free satellite data, there is no better way to do it than to follow this incredibly useful guide. Ranked from top to lower tier, here are your go-to free satellite imagery sources. Take a look at this list of eyes from the sky. READ MORE

UPCOMING EVENTS: 2016

SKILL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF THE MONTH: ARCSSTE-E

AARSE is excited to announce our latest initiative to improve remote sensing and GIS knowledge and awareness across the continent. We aim to list spatial science skill development institutions across Africa. Each newsletter will provide a short overview of one institution. To include your institution on this list please send a request to info@africanremotesensing.org. Click here to view a list of institutions.


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African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education (ARCSSTE-E) is a UNOOSA-sponsored Institute that focus on the development of skills and knowledge of university educators, research application scientists through rigorous theory and research works, applications, field exercises, and pilot projects in aspects of Space Science and Technology. They have five principal areas: Remote Sensing & GIS, Basic Space & Atmospheric Science (BSAS), Satellite Communications, ,Satellite Meteorology & GNSS. 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.
Please send all content to info@africanremotesensing.org