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11th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Webinar Series

  • Surface Soil Moisture products at continental scale | June 13, 2023, 14:00 CET | Online webinar with live-chat | The webinar will give an overview of high-resolution (1 km) satellite soil moisture data sets available at continental to global scale. These data sets are either derived by downscaling coarse resolution data from passive (SMAP, SMOS, AMSR2) and active (ASCAT) microwave sensors using optical or Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, or by deriving the soil moisture data directly from only the SAR data.
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10th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Webinar Series

  • Drought Monitoring case studies in Africa | April 11, 2023, 14:00 CET | Online webinar with live-chat | The webinar will describe ways to monitor drought events using microwave Earth Observation data. Existing methods for the calculation of climate normals, anomalies and drought indicators will be described and demonstrated over Africa. The strength and weaknesses of the indicators and an evaluation with common drought indicators such as Standardized Precipitation Index will be discussed. Furthermore, the use of soil moisture for early season yield prediction will be discussed.
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7th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Online Courses

  • Monitoring Vegetation Dynamics from Space | April 3 – 28, 2023 | Online course with live-chat | In this course, you will be exploring the potential of the temporal dimension of satellite EO data for monitoring vegetation dynamics and land cover/land use changes over longer periods of time. Aside from learning the theoretical concepts of hyper-temporal monitoring, the participants will acquire practical skills in how to acquire, pre-process and analyse long time series of satellite EO data.
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Registration is open for Face to Face course on Cloud Computing and Algorithms for EO Analyses

  • Face to Face course on Cloud Computing and Algorithms for EO Analyses | October 17 – 21, 2023 | Kigali, Rwanda | This course introduces participants to Cloud Computing and its usage for Earth Observation (EO) data analyses. It starts with big geospatial data concepts and extends to Cloud Computing as one of the solutions for solving the problems of big EO data.
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9th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Webinar Series

  • Global flood monitoring and Surface Soil Moisture anomalies | February 14, 2023, 14:00 CET | Online webinar with live-chat | The webinar will describe ways to monitor flood events and surface soil moisture on a global scale, using microwave Earth Observation data. Current research topics will be described that are relevant for use cases in Africa (e.g. subsurface scattering in arid regions). The validation of flood monitoring and of soil moisture products will be discussed.
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8th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Webinar Series

  • fPAR as a Proxy for Yield Estimation/Forecasting | January 23, 2023, 14:00 CET | Online webinar with live-chat | The webinar provides a biological basis for crop yield estimation and within-season forecasting with Earth observation image data. We facilitate the introduction with a “big leaf” approach to light-use efficiency. Big leaf models assume canopies are homogenous and the response of the canopy to light is linear.
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6th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Online Courses

  • Soil Moisture from Space | March 6 – 31, 2023 | Online course with live-chat | This online course will provide participants with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge on electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with materials, (passive) radiometry and thermal emission, and (active) radar equation, backscattering and SAR image processing. It will introduce radiative transfer model (also called Tau-omega for passive microwave for land) and water-cloud model (active), as well as corresponding retrievals of soil moisture.
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5th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Online Courses

  • Hyper-Temporal Mapping of Agro-Ecosystems & Assessing Land Suitability | February 6 – March 3, 2023 | Online course with live-chat | From early 2000 onwards, the availability of high-quality Hyper-Temporal (HT) EO, has created an enormous number of additional possibilities to map and detect changes as required to monitor impacts. Use of the dimensions “space & time” now lets us study and work on issues that earlier remained “out-of-reach” and remained “unanswered”.
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7th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Webinar Series

  • Flood Mapping with Sentinel-1 data | December 6, 2022, 14:00 CET | Online webinar with live-chat | This webinar will focus on the importance and use of Sentinel-1 SAR data for flood mapping. With Sentinel-1 SAR data, we can map and analyse the affected flooded areas over a region, that may be not easily accessible, and even compare them with the official flood maps available.
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AARSE 2022 – October 24-28, 2022

During the AARSE 2022 International Conference, session: “Integrated Geospatial technologies in agriculture and food security”, Diana Chavarro-Rincon presented the EO AFRICA R&D Facility: Enabling a proactive African research community and creative innovation processes to address food security and water related

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4th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Online Courses

  • Vegetation and Drought Monitoring from Space | September 19 – October 14, 2022 | Online course with live-chat | The online course provides the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge on vegetation and drought monitoring based on satellite EO data. It introduces the general concept of EO-based vegetation/drought monitoring, shows the different types of potentially useful EO data, highlights relevant satellite sensors and freely available data products as well as explains different analysis techniques that can be employed for deriving meaningful information from satellite observations.
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6th on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Webinar Series

  • Hyper-Temporal Mapping of Agro-Ecological Systems | August 25, 2022, 14:00 CET | Online webinar with live-chat | This webinar introduces participants with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to map agro-ecological systems at region to country levels (benchmark mapping) for subsequent monitoring using ‘future’ EO-derived imagery.
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EO AFRICA Initiative

  • EO AFRICA Initiative | Tuesday – 24.05.2022, 03:20 PM | Agora SAPIENS, World Conference Center Bonn | The EO AFRICA Initiative will be explained and discussed during the Agora session of the ESA Living Planet Symposium next 24 of May in Bonn. Join us for an interesting roundtable-type discussion in which key representative of the Advisory Board and other African institutions will analyze the progress and define the future development of the EO AFRICA Initiative.
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3rd edition of the DLR/ESA open PolInSAR training course

  • 3rd edition of the DLR/ESA open PolInSAR training course | May 2 – July 8, 2022 | Online | Great opportunity to understand multi-parameter SAR data: The DLR-HR PolinSAR course offers a comprehensive training on SAR-based technics (PolSAR, InSAR, PolISAR, TomoSAR). This will be also an excellent opportunity for the users of our Innovation Lab to practice the cloud-based computing skills learnt, with a different platform. Places are limited but members of the EO AFRICA Community are particularly encouraged to apply.
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3rd on the EO AFRICA R&D Facility Online Courses

  • Water and Energy budgets from Space | April 18 – May 13, 2022 | Online course with live-chat | Satellite Earth observation, hydro-meteorological modelling and data assimilation provide a powerful combination for quantifying hydroclimatic variables to effectively address water management issues in this online course, an introduction will be given to the theory and techniques to observe the water and energy cycle variables form space.
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EO AFRICA R&D Facility first two Online Courses

  • Cloud Computing and Algorithms for EO Analyses | March 15 – April 6, 2022 | Online course with live-chat | Introduction to Cloud Computing and its usage for Earth Observation (EO) data analysis. It starts with big geospatial data concepts and extends to Cloud Computing as one of the solutions for solving the problems of big EO data.
  • Principles of and advances in Earth Observation | March 28 – April 14, 2022 | This online course will provide participants with fundamental EO knowledge to better understand and use Earth Observation data.
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AfricaGIS 2021 Hackathon Event

  • AfricaGIS 2021 Hackathon on Food Security and Water Resources | November 22-25, 2021 | Centre Universitaire de Recherche et d’Application en Télédétection (CURAT), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoir | Get ready to take part in the 3-day hackathon jointly organized by the EO AFRICA R&D Facility, GMES&Africa and CURAT as a part of the AfricaGIS 2021 conference.
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EO AFRICA R&D Facility kick-off

As part of a long-term strategy (>10 years), the European Space Agency launched their new initiative EO AFRICA (African Framework for Research Innovation, Communities and Applications in Earth Observation), by the kick-off meeting of the EO AFRICA Research and Development

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📢... and the winners are...

Following the evaluation by @EOAfricaRD1, @esa and @_AfricanUnion selection committee, 17 research projects were selected for funding from 11 African and 9 European countries. Congratulations to all the winners!! 🎉🥳
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New @EOAfricaRD1 #online course: explore the potential of #satellite #EO data temporal (#hypertemporal) dimension for monitoring #vegetation dynamics & #landcover/#landuse changes (anomaly/trend analysis)🛰️🌱🌳☘️

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Did you miss the @EOAfricaRD1 webinar "Global flood monitoring and Surface Soil Moisture anomalies" by Prof Wolfgang Wagner @tu_wien?

You can find the recording at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1W9Mv9OHKA

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📢We are pleased to announce the 2023 @_AfricanUnion - @esa Research Fellowship Call! 👏
This opportunity is for 4 new African Researchers to work 1y at @ESA ESRIN in synergy with ESA scientists 🤓🛰️🗺️🌍

Deadline for applications 🗓️ 31 March 2023
https://eo4society.esa.int/2022/12/02/arf2023/