June 2020

The new issue of e-shape newsletter is corresponding to the first anniversary of our project, and we are very happy and proud to share with our community some of our latest news.

In May 2019, the e-shape partners had the chance to gather during our Kick-off meeting, sharing our time, exchanging ideas, creating the momentum that highlighted the year that has just passed. Since the beginning of the project, a lot of actions were set in motion with and outside the project. The COVID-19 pandemic changed drastically our way of working and has shaken our certainties.

But, for sure, there is one thing that this crisis did not change, our commitment to the EuroGEO Regional initiative, to transform and to support the development of the Earth Observation (EO) industry in Europe.

In the current newsletter, we illustrate some of our recent advances, hoping that it will intrigue you to join us with your subscription.

e-shape creates opportunities to develop downstream services with and for public and private users, exploiting the richness and the amazing numbers of measurements and information collected through EO means.

By working with and for the EO community in Europe on a broader level, we seize the opportunity to share our experience and expertise but mainly, open our consortium to new partners through our on-boarding process (see the Call for EO-based products 2020 section) and welcome all new ideas for EO data exploitation.
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The EuroGEO workshop that was scheduled to take place in France, at the beginning of June, was postponed due to the pandemic. On that occasion, the EuroGEO regional initiative launched its first webinar.

In order to gain insight into the e-shape contribution to EuroGEO implementation, how e-shape plans to bring European EO services to GEO and the first snapshot of the European Infrastructures and Platforms for EuroGEO, 
visit the recorded sessions of the webinar(

We hope an opportunity arises in the near future that will allow us to explore possibilities of working with you and join forces.

Enjoy our 3rd issue of e-shape newsletter.

Professor Thierry Ranchin, ARMINES - MINES ParisTech
PSL University, Scientific coordinator of 

Discover e-shape!
e-shape is a unique project that brings together decades of public investment in Earth Observation and in cloud capabilities into services for the decision-makers, the citizens, the industry and the researchers.
e-shape aspires to provide significant impetus to activities that will enable and accelerate a breakthrough in the European EO sector and the downstream markets that benefit from EO services. 
e-shape allows Europe to position itself as global force in EO through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets.
Our news

Call for EO-based products 2020!

Are you the next e-shape partner? Do you want to get access to up to 50k in funding, co-design, development, and sustainability booster activities, and a wide EO community? 

e-shape launched the Call for EO-based products 2020 on June 8th to onboard further partners in the e-shape consortium and expand the EuroGEO community.

The Call for EO-based products 2020 addresses Earth Observation-based products contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement or Sendai Framework. Eligible entities have the unique opportunity to become a new project partner contributing to one of the 7 e-shape showcases targeting specific community of users (agriculture, health, renewable energy, ecosystem, water, disasters, climate). New e-shape pilots will benefit from a grant of up to EUR 50,000 as well as the e-shape project support including co-design methodologies, deployment support, users’ uptake, capacity building & liaison, sustainability & upscaling, communication, dissemination & Help Desk.

 Onboarded partners will pass through an open, fair, and competitive process. On the e-shape website applicants will find under the onboarding page the Guide for Applicants and the Application form.

The Call for EO-based products 2020 will close on September 4th 2020 at 17:00 CET.

Join us!

How: Fill in the Application Form,

When: 8 June 2020 to 4 September 2020


e-shape Market Trends Observatory launched

We invite you to discover the Market Trends Observatory of e-shape, a service for EO-entrepreneurs at the forefront of the industry. The Market Trends Observatory will continue informing about developments and trends in markets and technology relevant for e-shape Showcases and Pilots. It consists of a set of regularly published articles and expert analyses bringing awareness and deepening the insights into different issues of the industry. The provided findings will specifically serve the e-shape Pilots and provide the information needed for better decision-making regarding products, services, and strategies. The Market Trends Observatory is the first available component of the Sustainability Booster and soon will be paired with the IP & Innovation Office to further help businesses shaping their sustainability.

Read further:

Renewable energy and Earth Observation: photovoltaics in the centre of solar-related market, policy and technology trends
Monitoring the status, function, and disruption of ecosystems
Policy, market and technology trends in EO-assisted water resource management

EARSC virtual EOcafe: Growing your Next Earth Observation Business 25th June 2020
16:00-16:45 CET

e-shape is the main project supporting the European Commission led initiative EuroGEO, the European contribution to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). EARSC is involved in e-shape, leading the Users’ uptake, Capacity Building, and Liaison activities.

Would you like to know how e-shape can support European companies to develop? Join us on June 25, 2020 at 16:00- 16h45 (CET) to listen from two e-shape partners why this project is an opportunity and how you can benefit from it.

Our host, Geoff Sawyer, EARSC’s Secretary General will exchange with two special guests:
• Marie-Francoise VOIDROT, Europe Director of the Innovation Program at OGC Europe
• Emmanuel PAJOT, Project Manager at EARSC

Please click on the following link to register by the 25th of June at 11:00 (CET).

EOcafe Registration here

EuroGEO webinar 2020 discussed the future of the initiative and its benefits for Europe

On 8 June, over 120 people came together to discuss the state of play of the EuroGEO initiative and how to increase its role as a solution provider for the climate transition, building on the Copernicus and the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) initiatives.

The webinar Increasing the EuroGEO role into GEO was co-organised by the European Commission (DG DEFIS, DG R&I and EASME) and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation with the support of MINES Paris Tech.

All the presentations and the session recordings are available at

Background information:

EuroGEO adopts a practical approach to climate transition by developing concrete solutions for end users – both in the adaptation and mitigation domains – through Research & Innovation.

The Horizon 2020 e-shape project is a perfect example of the concrete application of EO services. In the domain of renewable energies, EO services can be used for solar energy estimations or for improving offshore wind resource estimates, thus helping wind farm planning and development.

Our services

EO for Solar Energy Exploitation

Application of the e-shape’s nextSENSE pilot
into southern Asia

The strength of EO data focusing on solar energy potential are setting up a variety of promising services that are able to support the efficient exploitation of the sun’s power. The e-shape’s nextSENSE pilot after its success in Europe and North Africa by providing useful data to the electricity handling entities and solar plants production control, now was applied to southern Asia and modified to the local EO data (e.g. INSAT3D) and atmospheric conditions (e.g. monsoon).

The use of EO for solar power monitoring and forecasting will boost the regional market uptake on renewables highlighting the value of the modern tools capabilities and skills into energy planning and management.

Read more..

10 years from Eyjafjallajökull Eruption!

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 showed the potentiality of EOs in providing useful information to different actors of air traffic regulations but also showed the missing of a coordinated approach and clear dataflow from the observational platforms and the final users. The demonstration exercise in EUNADICS in 2019 underlined that the integration of ground based and satellite observations and their use into the transport models would have a big impact in reducing the number of cancelled flights when collected information is made available to ATMs.

The collection in a unique place of all tailored and relevant EO observations is considered also valuable from VAAC service as tool for them for issuing the Volcanic Ash Advisories.

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Our publications
Masoom, A.; Kosmopoulos, P.; Kashyap, Y.; Kumar, S.; Bansal, A. Rooftop Photovoltaic Energy Production Management in India Using Earth-Observation Data and Modeling Techniques. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 1921.
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Tziolas Ν., Tsakiridis Ν., Ogen Υ., Kalopesa Ε.,Ben-Dor Ε., Theocharis J., Zalidis G.An integrated methodology using open soil spectral libraries and Earth Observation data for soil organic carbon estimations in support of soil-related SDGs.Elsevier, 29 April 2020, 111793
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Tziolas Ν., Tsakiridis Ν.,Ben-Dor Ε., Theocharis J., Zalidis G.Employing a Multi-Input Deep Convolutional Neural Network to Derive Soil Clay Content from a Synergy of Multi-Temporal Optical and Radar Imagery Data. Remote Sensing, 2020, 12, 1389.

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M.Adamo, V.Tomaselli, C.Tarantino, S.Vicario, G.Veronico, R.Lucas, P.Blonda (2020). Knowledge-Based Classification of Grassland Ecosystem Based on Multi-TemporalWorldView-2 Data and FAO-LCCS Taxonomy. Remote Sensing, 2020,12(09),1447
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Musuuza, J. L., Gustafsson, D., Pimentel, R., Crochemore, L., & Pechlivanidis, I. (2020). Impact of Satellite and in Situ Data Assimilation on Hydrological Predictions. Remote Sensing, 12(5), 811

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Telling our story
We are out there!
Photo: copyright shutterstock: image by Jose L. Stephens
e-shape at "EARSC Virtual EOCafe - Growing your Next Earth Observation Business" Thursday 25 June, 16.00-16.45 CET
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Free webinar (NextGEOSS & e-shape): First snapshot of the European Infrastructures and platforms for EuroGEO
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e-shape at EuroGEO Webinar | Monday 08 June 10:00 – 16:30 CET

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A story about agriculture, food security, e-shape, EuroGEO, GEO by Sven Gilliams/VITO
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Climate change impacts: Space innovation at the service of the citizen - Our partner BEYOND EO Center introduced Horizon2020-e-shape at the French Institute of Athens, Greece with great success! 
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Launch of a new Special Issue in Remote Sensing for Smart Renewable Cities
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The e-shape project has received funding from the European Union's

Horizon 2020 (
H2020) research & innovation  programme under

grant agreement No 820852.

Project Duration: 01/05/2019 - 30/04/2023 (48 Months)

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