New CEO at GAF AG: Dr. Sebastian Carl takes over from Dr. Peter Volk on 1 July 2018

After 32 years of working for GAF and more than 11 years in the position of CEO, Peter Volk stepped down from the latter position as planned on 30 June 2018. On 1 July, Sebastian Carl took over as CEO of GAF.

Sebastian Carl has been with the company for more than 25 years and previously already managed large parts of the companies’ activities. With an educational background as an agricultural engineer, he gained a doctorate in SAR imagery analysis using artificial analysis. Among other things, he has worked with the analysis of large volumes of EO data at GAF.

Peter Volk will remain available to the company in order to ensure a smooth transition and assistance with strategic and operative functions. GAF is very pleased that it can provide management continuity and therefore ongoing excellent service to its existing and future clients.

GAF performs workshop on Service Delivery for GMES and Africa partners.

GMES and Africa has kick started training on user uptake, service packaging and communications using Earth Observation products and services to users in 55 African countries.

The workshop takes place in Nairobi, Kenya. The GMES and Africa Support Programme is a 30 million Euro joint programme cofinanced by the European Commission and the African Union commission. It will use and adapt Copernicus Programme data and services to the African context. GMES and Africa covers the entire African continent and is guided by African-owned processes in order to serve African needs.http://gmes4africa.blogspot.com/2018/07/gmes-and-africa-conducted-capacity.html

The second phase contract for topographic mapping in the DR of Congo has now been awarded to GAF

GAF AG, together with its partner Telespazio Iberica has begun to map an additional 49,000 sqkm in the northeast of the country based on high-resolution optical satellite data. The consortium has already successfully mapped 84,000 sqkm to support the activities under PROMINES (support to the mining sector project). The maps in scale 1:50,000 (s. example) comply with international standards, and will later be used as base information for geological and mineral potential mapping. This will follow in later stages of this project, which is funded and supervised by the World Bank, Washington.

Slogans created by the GAF staff!

In June, we asked our complete staff to think about a new slogan for GAF. We received so many great slogans! The selection of the “one” slogan was too hard for us. For that reason, we decided that we have to use more than one! Take a closer look at our GAF slogan cloud!

Open call for R&D applications with free-of-charge 5 m DSM

ESA opened a call for R&D applications with our 5 m Euro-Maps 3D DSM products under its Third Party Mission activities. This provides a great opportunity to start-ups in ESA-supported Business Incubation Centres and researchers to try our high-quality product free of charge. See the open call here.

GAF continues to provide ocean colour data to ESA operationally

GAF, the exclusive supplier in Europe of optical Indian Remote Sensing data from several missions, continues the operational provision of ocean colour data from the Ocean Colour Monitor aboard the Indian Oceansat-2 in near real time to ESA to further promote scientific research and applications.

ESA and GAF agreed the continuation of the data acquisition from the Ocean Colour Monitor (OCM) aboard the Oceansat-2 Indian remote sensing (IRS) satellite until 31 Mar 2019. Part of the agreement is also an option to extend the operations up to 31 Mar 2020.

GAF promotes Earth observation for forestry in Africa

GAF has been awarded a contract to strengthen human and infrastructural capacities in the framework of the OSFACO (Spatial Observation of Forests of Central and West Africa) project. OSFACO aims to improve knowledge of land use dynamics in several African countries through the use of Earth Observation. This comprises the provision of high resolution satellite images, support of in-country land-use and land-use change mapping and promotion of satellite imagery use. GAF and its partner SIRS are now starting activities in the Central African Republic, Gabon and Guinea-Conakry. Focus is the delivery of remote sensing & GIS training for forest- and agricultural monitoring as well the provision of IT equipment.

 

GAF demonstrates improved geological mapping with Sentinel data

GAF currently completed an ESA funded project to support the African Mineral Geoscience Initiative (AMGI). The World Bank initiated AMGI Project is a pan-African initiative for the collection, consolidation, interpretation and effective dissemination of national and regional geological, geochemical, geophysical and mineral resource data through a geo-portal. It intends to develop a complete Geological Data Catalogue for entire Africa in relation to mineral resources.

One objective of this project was to test new public available Sentinel data and other satellite data (optical, radar and DEM) to produce improved geological maps in various climate zones and geologic settings; the envisaged scale was 1 : 50.000 and 1 : 25.000.

GAF moves on in providing key geo-information products in support of urban development programmes

GAF and partners successfully complete the first phase of the Project on "Earth Observation for Sustainable Development - Urban Development" and now are been awarded the contract for phase 2.

In phase 1 more than 200 geo-information products based on Earth observation for in total 16 Cities have been produced and have been provided to both users of the Multi-Lateral Development Banks and counterpart city authorities. In particular, all the products reached a high quality and overall accuracies to the full satisfaction of clients and users.

The Phase 2 will run for 2 years and will see a continuation of stakeholder engagement with the Banks and Cities in order to provide further high quality and high utility geo-spatial products for urban planning.

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