The ESA EO4SD Urban programme has as a main objective to support the Multi-Lateral Development Banks and developing countries with geo-spatial data and in this context GAF participated at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2019 with the title "Catalyzing Innovation" in Washington, DC. Dr. Thomas Häusler (Head Forest and Climate Change) gave a presentation with the title "Earth Observation for supporting urban land use policy implementation" in the session "Applications of earth observation to assess urban service delivery".
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the EO Clinic (Earth Observation Clinic), a rapid-response mechanism for small-scale and exploratory uses of satellite EO information in support of a wide range of projects and activities specific to International Development. The EO Clinic consists of “on-call” technically pre-qualified teams of EO service suppliers ready to help development projects with a comprehensive range of skills and experience in terms of geospatial product generation and analyis, based on a large variety of satellite data.
The EO Clinic is now open to support requests by key development banks and agencies. GAF in a team led by e-geos is one of the selected service providers. More information can be found here: https://eo4society.esa.int/eo_clinic/
AFCEA Europe will organise the 3rd GeoInformation Symposium and Exposition on 26 - 27 February 2019 in the NHow Hotel, Berlin. Our CEO Sebastian Carl will have a speech in the keynotes (Tuesday, 26.2 10:55 – 11:20):
COMBINING CLASSICAL EO AND NEW SPACE CAPACITIES IN AN OPERATIONAL SERVICE ENVIRONMENT. Join us at our booth# 14.
Find out more information on https://www.afcea.org/event/GEO19
Toronto here we come! GAF will exhibit again at PDAC 2019 - the leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration.
PDAC is the event of choice for the world’s mineral industry and takes place in Toronto, Canada between Sunday, March 3 – Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
GAF will present its latest Consulting Services and Products for the Raw Materials Management. You can find us at the German Pavilion, booth # 6115N-5.
Find out more information on www.pdac.ca
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has entrusted GAF AG with the latest update of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service’s High-Resolution Layers FOREST and GRASSLAND.
In the presence of representatives from the European Environment Agency (EEA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil Systems (ETC-ULS), the High-Resolution Layer (HRL) update 2018 kicked off on 21/22 Jan. 2019 in Copenhagen. Based on full time series of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 observations, the GAF-led team will perform a pan-European consistent update of HRL Forest and Grassland characteristics for all EEA-39 countries (approx. 6 million km²) at an unprecedented spatial resolution of 10m.
A modern, reliable and transparent management system is essential for improving governance in the mining sector. The efficient and reliable granting, managing and administration of mineral rights is considered to be a key factor in increasing investment and growth in the Republic of Burkina Faso’s mining sector. The DGCM (Direction Générale du Cadastre Minier) is now operational and can be visited via its bilingual online portal. The implementation project was embedded in the “Projet d’appui au développement du secteur minier - PADSEM” which was financed by the World Bank.
Copernicus Sentinel data have successfully been used to demonstrate a Near-Real-Time Forest Monitoring System in two provinces of Ecuador. At an early stage the system is recording tree cover loss caused by illegal logging activities over large areas. The verification and documentation of the deforestation alerts is supported by aerial imagery taken with remotely piloted drones (see image) at the hot spots. Read more about the role of remotely sensed data for the protection of forests in the HORIZON online magazine.
Dr. Peter Volk, in his capacity as Vice-Chairman of the GAF Supervisory Board, participated in the first workshop on the future of German space activities. The event took place at the DLR headquarters on 12th November 2018 and was initiated by Thomas Jarzombek, a member of Parliament and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy. The high-profile workshop discussed the opportunities and challenges for Germany’s space investments during the upcoming years. At the workshop, Peter Volk emphasised the importance of utilising new developments in the Earth observation downstream sector and the prominent role of industry stakeholders.
Telespazio Group with GAF and e-GEOS as acting companies awarded Framework Contract for the Validation of Innovative Geospatial Tools: LOT 1-S
GAF, together with e-GEOS, has been awarded a Framework Contract by the European Union Satellite Centre for the provision of satellite-based digital elevation models to support the validation of innovative geospatial tools for SatCen’s exploitation activities. These digital elevation models have a resolution of between 0.5 m and 10 m and are generated using a highly automated multi-source production line. Additionally, the products are delivered with different quality- and traceability layers, and the corresponding metadata are adapted to the user’s requirements.
Dr. Bernd Schulte, Head of Geological and Mineral Resources Mapping at GAF, presented his paper “EO services and products for the mine life cycle” at the thematic conference Copernicus for Raw Materials: making the potential fully operational, which was held in Brussels on 12 November 2018. He also participated in a lively panel discussion emphasising the achievements already made using Copernicus data for the various steps of a mining project. Moreover, the full potential of Earth Observation has not yet been realised and various ideas for customisable products and services were therefore also presented.