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Friday, July 6, 2018

Horizon 2020 Call for Projects on Climate Services for Africa


In support to the Paris Agreement, HORIZON 2020 is an 80 b€ European Union Research and Innovation programme. H2020  has launched call for projects to address climate services in Africa. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pathways towards tailored climate and environment service delivery system in Africa tabled for discussion

The Contributions of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, and Africa (GMES and Africa) in setting up tailored climate and environmental services delivery system in Africa tabled for discussion.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The African Union Commission signed Cooperation arrangement in the area of data access and use of Sentinel data of the Copernicus programme

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).  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GMES & Africa Sets the Stage for the Signing of Implementation Contracts with 13 Consortia

The GMES and Africa Technical Experts Committee (TEC) has held its first meeting in Tunis  from 14-16 May 2018.  The Committee comprises Consortia of African institutions awarded to implement the GMES and Africa grants, as well as EU affiliates EUMETSAT, JRC, and the Technical Assistance Team of GMES and Africa.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

1st GMES and AFRICA Consortia Information Exchange and Technical Workshop, 23-27 April - Nairobi

In view of the Tunisia meeting in May with the European partners, the present workshop has been set for the selected consortia to continue discussions around the services they propose to deliver. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The GMES and Africa Communication and Engagement Strategy is available online

Communication and awareness raising is one of the pillars in the GMES and Africa Support Programme. The Programme has developed its Communication and Engagement Strategy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

GMES and Africa Coordinator Addresses EO and Africa’s Development at Digital Earth Summit


The potential for Earth Observation to contribute to Africa’s development was a key question addressed by panelists at the 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018, held from the 17th to the 19th of April 2018, at the Chouaib Douakkali University of Morocco.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Lu dans SciDev : La formation, élément clé de la maîtrise des technologies spatiales

C'est en tous les cas l'opinion de trois spécialistes de ce domaine, interrogé par SciDev en marge d'une rencontre réunissant en mars à Paris divers spécialistes venus réfléchir sur le développement des activités spatiales en Afrique, dans le but de soutenir le développement du continent.

Save the date: The EUMETCAST Africa service will move from 5° location to 8° location!

The current EUTELSAT 5 satellite is approaching its end of life and a C-band service will no longer be available from the 5° location. The follow-on service will be provided from EUTELSAT 8 West starting 1 May 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Save the date: Sentinel 3B will be launched on April 25th

The Sentinel-3 satellites carry the same suite of cutting-edge instruments to measure oceans, land, ice and atmosphere. Sentinel-3A has been in orbit since February 2016 and will be joined by Sentinel-3B on April 25th. 


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A plan for 20,000 weather stations in Africa

The Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory (TAHMO) hopes to expand the continent’s weather-watching capacity, transforms the culture of African climate observations and the capacity for scientific discovery, by deploying weather stations at every 30km

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Establishment of Humanitarian and Early Warning Mechanisms in Africa

The African Union Commission and various stakeholders and partners have been discussing the establishment of integrated and continental Humanitarian and Early Warning Mechanisms in Africa,

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Marine User Handbook for Sentinel-3 users available online


A user guide that summarises  key information  required to enable both general users and technical  users to get information about marine altimetry products, from Sentinel-3 is made available online.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Copernicus helps reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion

Conservation, management and restoration of ecosystems and vegetated foreshores can help reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion. Free and open data from Copernicus helps to monitor vegetation characteristics, wave attenuation, sedimentation and erosion.

Monday, February 19, 2018

GMES & Africa discusses usage and applications of Copernicus Data

Experts from Africa and Europe discusses how the Global Monitoring of Environment and Security & Africa Support Programme can adapt and use Earth Observation data from Sentinel satellites.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sentinel monitors Harmful Algal Blooms

When colonies of microscopic algae grow out of control in the water bodies, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) can occur. HAB produce toxins that cause massive fish deaths, poison shellfish beds, and contribute to human illness and death. Thanks to Sentinel-3's , it is possible to track HABs.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

ESA provides Earth Observation data from non-ESA missions to users freely


ESA and GAF have extended their agreement about the provision of IRS data and DSMs as Third Party Mission (TPM) data to scientific users until end 2018 or until full consumption of the budget, whichever occurs first. Depending on the scientific relevance of their proposals, ESA will grant scientists free-of-charge access to IRS optical HR/MR satellite imagery and DSMs.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A year of achievements and Copernicus plans for 2018

If 2017 has been a landmark year in the history of the Copernicus programme, more will come in 2018. In an Editorial published on 12/01/2018, Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy Copernicus and Defence at EC's DG GROW explains.