About: GMES

EU-funded earth observation satellite finally in orbit

The Jason-3 satellite has finally been put into Low Earth orbit, after several delays, and will now provide European scientists with essential data regarding the state of the planet’s oceans. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Ministers ask EU to guarantee access to space

In a resolution adopted this morning (26 September), European ministers responsible for space underlined the strategic importance of guaranteeing the continent's political and technological independence on space and unveiled their ambition to make Europe one of the world's leading space powers.

GMES ready to get started

Discussions on the European earth observation initiative (GMES) have been concluded. Once started it will enable the forecasting of and timely response to natural disasters.

Spring Council to reconsider R&D investment priorities

Research Commissioner Janez Poto?nik told the Council that he will establish a group to provide the Spring Council 2006 with recommendations on research investment priorities.

GMES – first services ready in 2008

The Commission has selected emergency management, land monitoring, and marine services as the three pilot services to be developed for GMES, the EU's earth observation system.

Space observation to manage natural hazards

Under the GMES programme, research will be conducted to improve management of risks typical to mountainous areas - avalanches, landslides, debris flows, floods, etc.

Commission sketches out emerging European space policy

The Commission proposes developing the European space policy based on the Galileo satellite navigation programme.

Discovery in monitoring major climatic events

Satellite monitoring of the nature, state and evolution of Earth's vegetation will help scientist to determine the impact of major climatic events.