August 2018
African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Association Africaine de Télédétection de L’environnement
Papers for AARSE2016 Conference

The South African Journal of Geomatics has published selected papers from the AARSE2016 conference. Click here to view

Cooperation arrangement signed

ACMAD logo The African Union Commission signed a cooperation arrangement with the European Commission in the area of Earth Observation data access from the Sentinel Satellites of the Copernicus on 12 June 2018, in Brussels, Belgium at the premises of the European Commission Directorate–General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG–GROWTH). Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo, Director of the Human Resources, Science and Technology signed on behalf of the African Union Commission and Mr. Philippe Brunet, Director of Directorate I, Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence, on behalf of the European Commission. Read more...

CSE has launched GDZHAO project in Dakar (Senegal)

ACMAD logo The Centre de Suivi Ecologique of Senegal (CSE) has officially launched in Dakar, on 11–13 September 2018, the project entitled "Sustainable Management of Wetlands for Strengthening Food Security and Resilience of Ecosystems in West Africa", (GDZHAO), one of the 13 projects funded by the European Union and the African Union Commission under the GMES & Africa programme. Read more...

Nigerian Space Agency releases Preliminary investigation on Abuja Earthquake

ACMAD logo The Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Professor Seidu Mohammed has said that the preliminary investigations by the Agency on the recent earth tremors experienced in Abuja from 5th to 8th September 2018 has revealed the incident as minor and below 3.0 magnitudes. Read more...

New technologies key to reforming Africa’s agriculture sector

ACMAD logo Can drones save sub–Saharan Africa from starvation? That’s the question being asked by scientists, engineers, climatologists and politicians as climate change radically alters weather patterns and temperatures on the African continent, posing new challenges to a sector that is being asked to feed a rapidly growing population while simultaneously adapting to more difficult conditions. Read more...

A World On Fire

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The world is on fire. Or so it appears in this image from NASA’s Worldview. The red points overlaid on the image designate those areas that by using thermal bands detect actively burning fires. Africa seems to have the most concentrated fires. This could be due to the fact that these are most likely agricultural fires. The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land. Farmers often use fire to return nutrients to the soil and to clear the ground of unwanted plants. While fire helps enhance crops and grasses for pasture, the fires also produce smoke that degrades air quality. Read more...

South Africa Selects MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates RADARSAT–2 Maritime Surveillance Programme

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On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida. One of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, Irma left behind a trail of destruction from the Caribbean to the Florida Keys. But thanks to improvements in weather prediction models and data from NOAA satellites, Irma’s 5–day track forecasts were remarkably successful, giving communities adequate time to prepare for the storm’s impacts. Read more...

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

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SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people into deep space. Read more...

Satellite images show Hurricane Florence joined by two more storms in the Atlantic

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An image from NOAA reveals Tropical Storm Isaac, which was previously a hurricane, is moving towards the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Hurricane Helene is churning off the coast of Africa and is expected to move further out into the ocean before a possible shift towards Europe, CNN reports. Read more...

AARSE 2018 Conference
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The 12th AARSE Conference will be held from 25nd to 29th October 2018 in Alexandria, Egypt with the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST) and National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) as joint local hosts. Click here...

European Space Policy Institute(ESPI)
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Our Mission Statement: "The European Space Policy Institute provides decision–makers with an informed view on mid–to long–term issues relevant to Europe’s space activities. In this context, ESPI acts as an independent platform for developing positions and strategies."
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