African Association of
Remote Sensing of the Environment


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  • 08 Dec 2017 8:03 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    GEO-related activities
  • 25 Oct 2017 8:51 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Rabat – Morocco is set to launch its first reconnaissance satellite on November 8 while another is due to follow in 2018, according to the Spanish media outlet El Pais.

    The move has Spain worried for several reasons, including the fact that the satellite will likely put an end to the edge Spain has over Morocco.

    Citing military experts, El Pais revealed that Madrid is worried its technological advantage will come to an end at a time when there are still some contentious issues between Morocco and Spain despite the “friendly relations” between the two.Read more

  • 25 Oct 2017 8:25 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The federal government of Nigeria has been advised to sell off the country’s satellite, Nigcomsat-1R, to the private sector.

    In a report published by The Nation and posted by Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, making this appeal over the past weekend was Mr. Adebayo Banjo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Disc Group of companies. Speaking in an interview in Lagos, Nigeria, the technocrat stated that handing over the satellite to the private sector would allow for better management and proper utilization within the country and in Africa.Read more

  • 17 Oct 2017 3:39 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    [NAIROBI] Policies that promote the adoption of geospatial technologies such as remote sensing could help Sub-Saharan Africa address key development challenges in the agricultural sector, says a meeting.

    The conference of Kenya-headquartered Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) that took place in Kenya last month (27-29 September) aimed to share knowledge on how African countries could use earth observation data to find lasting solutions to challenges such as drought, famine and water scarcity.Read more...

  • 16 Oct 2017 9:27 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years.

    Scientists suspected the 2015-16 El Nino — one of the largest on record — was responsible, but exactly how has been a subject of ongoing research. Analyzing the first 28 months of data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, researchers conclude impacts of El Nino-related heat and drought occurring in tropical regions of South America, Africa and Indonesia were responsible for the record spike in global carbon dioxide.Read More...

  • 16 Oct 2017 9:10 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Over the course of a year, ESA collected huge amounts of satellite data to create the first high-res image of the African continent.

    From space, Africa appears like a rich tapestry of wildly different environments ranging from the barren dunes of northern Africa, to the dense, green jungles of its heartland.

    Now this view can be seen here on Earth thanks to the efforts of the European Space Agency (ESA), which has spent the past year collating satellite data to create the highest resolution image of the continent to date.Read more...H

  • 12 Sep 2017 12:50 PM | Administrator (Administrator)


    A record-shattering NASA astronaut touched down to Earth on Sunday, finishing a 288-day mission that put her over the top as the American who has spent the most cumulative amount of time in space.

    Peggy Whitson, 57, is also the oldest female astronaut in the history of space exploration, was the first female International Space Station commander, and holds the record for number of spacewalks (10) by a woman.Read more...

  • 12 Sep 2017 12:41 PM | Administrator (Administrator)


    As Hurricane Irma churned through the Caribbean and up Florida’s coast, DigitalGlobe’s satellites have been capturing high-resolution images of the storm’s damage.

    Imaging in the Caribbean became possible over the weekend as the clouds moved out of the area. The before-and-after imagery below was captured between Friday, September 8 and 11 of several places in the Caribbean: Tortola, Turks and Caicos, Sint Maarten, Necker Island, Barbuda and Saint Martin.

    The “after” images were taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3, WorldView-2 and GeoEye-1 satellites, with the dates included in the file names. Once the weather moves further out of the area, DigitalGlobe will be offering more images for viewing. Read more... 

  • 14 Aug 2017 1:23 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    20-24 November 2017 , United Nations Conference Center(UNCC), Addis Ababa

    Registration Is Now Open

    Paper abstracts must be submitted by September 30th 

     Registration,Sponsor and Exhibitor information can be found on:

    AfricaGIS 2017

    Other inquiries should be emailed to

  • 18 Jul 2017 8:58 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    SA delegates at the BRICS meeting in China

    The South African National Space Agency (SANSA), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the State Space Corporation "Roscosmos" (ROSCOSMOS), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) have today formally joined forces to create the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation.

    A Joint Committee Meeting was held in Haikou, China, on 3 July 2017 to review and deliberate on the progress of the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation and to discuss a Draft Agreement to be signed later this year. It was stressed that the BRICS Satellite Constellation is the first substantive project in the field of space cooperation.

    There are two Phases proposed for the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation, namely, Phase 1 comprising of a virtual constellation of existing satellites, and Phase 2 to comprise of a new satellite constellation to be discussed and defined in the near future.

    The intention of the virtual constellation is to establish the remote sensing data sharing mechanism and avail to the partners, space solutions that meet the challenges faced by humanity, such as global climate change, major natural and technological disasters and environmental protection.

    "We remain committed to ensuring the integration of African space-based knowledge and technology in improving the lives of fellow Africans and welcome such esteemed partners in achieving this important objective.' said Dr Valanathan Munsami, SANSA CEO at the meeting.

    There is a consensus that the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Virtual Constellation is a practical step towards high-tech cooperation between these countries that will assist in attaining the sustainable development goals and challenges pertaining to our respective economies and societies. This will also inject new vitality into the strategic partnership among BRICS States.

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