SANSA takes lead in implementing EO Capacity Building and Data Democracy Programmes in Africa

Deliberations amongst a group of remote sensing expects at the G7 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations Working Group, technology and employment, recognised the value of space based technology for the benefit of society. Subsequently, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) was established in September 1984 following a recommendation made by the remote sensing expects at the G7 summit.

The principal objectives of CEOS during its inception were to optimize the benefits of space born earth observation through the cooperation of its members in mission planning, to develop harmonized Earth Observation resources by enabling the user community to access and use remote sensing data. 2; to serve as a focal point for international coordination of space-related Earth Observation activities. 3; to exchange policy and technical information to encourage compatibility of observation and data exchange systems. However, over the years, a lot has changed in the manner at which satellite data is collected and disseminated to the end users. As such, CEOS has also responded to the changes by expanding its responsibilities including the formation of space based earth observation working groups focusing on different thematic areas such as the Working Group on Capacity Development and Data Democracy (WGCapD).

Landsat 8 aiding in fire investigations in South Africa

Landsat 8 false colour composite (R:2 G:5 B:7) showing fires in black and the fire’s plumes in red. The image was captured 10 February in Worcester, Western Cape. The wind at the time was from a north-westerly direction as evidenced by the smoke plume’s south-easterly displacement in the image.

Imagery such as this Landsat 8 is used in fire investigations. This entails calculating the extent of the fires as well as determining the points of origin. Fire investigations are a SANSA Earth Observation value added service.

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Image credits: Landsat 8. USGS. All rights reserved.


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