3-4 December ERA-PLANET Annual Meeting

December 3-4 it will be held online the annual ERA-PLANET project meeting. ERA-PLANET is the European network for sharing Big Data generated by in situ or satellite platforms in order to reinforce the European Research Space in the Earth observation sector.

December 3

The first day will be opened by a welcome from Jean Dusart (European Commission) and Nicola Pirrone (CNR), then continue with a brief excursion about the goals achieved up until now and future strategies.

Then all Projects coordinators will illustrate the progress being made and the major achievements in their respective fields.

December 4

The second day will open with a talk co-chaired by Paolo Mazzetti (CNR) and Joan Masò (CREAF), about “Where we stand on the development of user-oriented demonstrators for selected show cases”.

It will then continue with a panel of all Projects coordinators, chaired by Katerina Sebkova (MU-RECETOX).

The meeting will then end discussing ERA-PLANET Research Strategic Agenda and “Outreach, dissemination and joint publications”.

Download a pdf of the Agenda.


10-11 Octomber 2019, Brussels, Belgium

European Commission Premises (CDMA), Rue du Champ de Mars 21 Brussels

Download the agenda here

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Launch of the new H2020 project e-shape for strengthening the benefits for Europe of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) – establishing ‘EuroGEOSS’

e-shape (EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe), a new project coordinated by ARMINES and funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme was successfully launched in Cannes, France on 9-10 May 2019.

e-shape is an unprecedented initiative that brings together decades of public investment in earth observation and in cloud capabilities into services to the citizens, the industry, the decision-makers and the researchers. e-shape will promote the development and uptake of 27 cloud-based pilot applications, addressing the Sustainable Development Goals, The Paris Agreement and the Sendaï Framework. The pilots will build on GEOSS and on the Copernicus data pool and computational infrastructure.


In November 2019, Ministers from GEO’s 105 Member governments, business leaders, heads of international non-profits and passionate experts will meet in Canberra, Australia for GEO Week 2019 and the GEO Ministerial Summit.

The week’s events will focus on ensuring data about our planet becomes a core input to our strategic economic decision making and our day-to-day business, environmental and development decisions.



The 4th GEO Data Providers Workshop: Earth Observations-based Knowledge for International Policy Frameworks of the Group on Earth Observations international data community will be held in Vienna, Austria from 23-25 April 2019.

This year’s edition of the workshop will be focused on exploring how to best make available Earth observations-based knowledge for international policy frameworks, including the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement.



Our 1st thematic video is out! SMURBS project sets the stage for integration of the still fragmented Earth Observation, into information and decision making tools for individuals and local governments, in a network of smart cities. SMURBS’ coordination group and theme leaders explain and present their approach to enhance environmental and societal resilience to urban pollution, natural and manmade disasters as well as uncontrolled city growth, from each theme point of view, respectively. The overall goals of the project as well as first achievements in terms of networking and collection of user needs is also included. You may watch our video and find out everything about SMURBS project!



New light pollution tracking tool (https://lighttrends.lightpollutionmap.info) developed by GEOEssential partner Christopher Kyba (GFZ)

New interactive map shows light pollution in a world map.

Please read more in English and in German. 

It was reported on by Science News, Spiegel Online and also NBC News



Read the recent article of Copernicus (https://atmosphere.copernicus.eu/discovairing-fresh-air), which provides information about its application dedicated to “DiscovAiring fresh air”.