African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Association Africaine de Télédétection de L’environnement
ARTICLE: GIS mapping and analysis for informal settlement upgrading

This article specifically focuses on introducing GIS spatial analysis and the subsequent thematic mapping to informal settlement upgrading based on information gathered from the residents of the informal settlement, Monwabisi Park in South Africa. READ MORE

ARTICLE: Mapping cropping practices in Kenya

Over the recent past, there has been a growing concern on the need for mapping cropping practices in order to improve decision-making in the agricultural sector. An original method for mapping cropping practices was developed: crop type and harvest mode, in a sugarcane landscape of western Kenya using remote sensing data. READ MORE



AARSE 2016: Our earth, our heritage

We are excited to announce that the 11th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 24th to 28th 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 (again) emphasise the vital role of geospatial data and information in achieving the new post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDG).

UPCOMING EVENTS: 2015 / 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS: FIG working week 2016

The FIG Working Week 2016 is to be held from 2 to 6 May 2016 and is hosted by the International Federation of Surveyors, FIG and the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS). The event will be hosted in Christchurch, New Zealand at the Addington Events Centre (Horncastle Arena) and the Addington Raceway. The FIG Working Week 2016 will appeal not only to the wider surveying profession as represented by the ten FIG Commissions but also the broader spatial sciences industry including cartographers, remote sensing and photogrammetric professionals, those involved with GIS systems and location based services.

CALL FOR CONCEPT: GMES & Africa guidelines

The present Call for Concept Note is undertaken in the context of the second phase of the Formulation Study for the Pan - African Programme Support to the GMES & Africa initiative . It aims at exploring, in particular, the potential options through which the first two GMES & Africa services could be deployed in order to be effective in supporting decision making on key environmental issues in African countries. It is intended for African entities whose mission, or part thereof, is to contribute to the efforts of African countries in managing Water Resources, Natural Resources and Marine & Coastal Resources in Africa and which have a strong background in using and/or developing EO applications to provide services. The Concept Note in English together with Consortium member details should be submitted in electronic form by 5 November.

TRAINING: Advanced GIS - spatial analysis workshop

The course will offer an understanding of the types of analysis that can be performed in ArcGIS desktop environment, the kinds of questions that each type answers and the tools used to perform each type. The course will be delivered through presentations, practical exercises and lesson reviews. Esri ArcGIS desktop application will be used in this course. The programme is designed to help you use GIS to solve spatial related problems and challenges, from disaster analysis, development and policy planning. READ MORE

TRAINING: Agriculture, food security and climate change

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. READ MORE


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 Click here to view a list of institutions.

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AGRHYMET Regional Centre's central mandate is to inform and train on food security, the fight against desertification and water control in the Sahel and West Africa. It also specializes in the science and techniques applied to agricultural development, rural development and natural resource management. 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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