Africa-Europe Space Earth Observation High-Level Forum

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

The Africa-Europe Space Earth Observation High-Level Forum is a hybrid event that will take place in Lisbon, on 10-11 June 2021, organised in the framework of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, with the support of the European Commission.

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06/10/2021, 12:00am - 06/11/2021, 12:00am
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• The Portuguese Presidency of the European Union

• The Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal

• African Union

• The Air Centre

• Portugal Space

• The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission


• The European Space Agency

• Business Bridge Europe

Increased Volcanic Activity in Guatemala in 2021: Fuego and Pacaya

In Guatemala there are two volcanoes which have been more active recently: Fuego and Pacaya. These volcanoes pose a prominent threat to the lives of the inhabitants of the highly populated surrounding areas. This threat is evidenced by the 2018 eruption of Fuego, which caused the deaths of nearly 200 people, and the recent activity of Pacaya volcano since the beginning of the year, that has impacted communities located in its foothills, and which forced authorities to close Guatemala's international airport in Guatemala City due to ash fall from its activity.



Amazônia-1 is the first Earth Observation satellite completely designed, integrated, tested and operated by Brazil. It features the optical Advanced Wide Field Imager (AWFI), with swath width 850 km and 60 m resolution, capturing images in 3 visible bands and 1 near-infrared (NIR) band. It has a high revisit period of 5 days, which is important for increasing the probability of capturing useful images over frequently overcast areas including the Amazon region.


The non-COVID-19 disasters in the year 2020

Undoubtedly, the year 2020 will be remembered as the year when COVID-19 began to impact societies worldwide as a truly trans-boundary health hazard, manifesting the vulnerability of people in developed and in developing countries alike.  The news about the COVID-19 pandemic blurred news related to other disasters triggered by natural, technological and biological hazards.  One of those was the very large locust outbreak that began in the Horn of Africa late in 2019, and later migrated through the Middle East to Southern Asia.



Peru’s first Earth Observation satellite was commissioned by the Peruvian government for its national space agency, CONIDA (Comisión Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Aeroespacial) in 2014, and constructed in a record time of less than 24 months. PerúSAT-1 features the very-high-resolution optical New AstroSat Optical Modular Instrument (NAOMI) imager designed and developed by Airbus Defence and Space. This silicon carbide optical instrument provides panchromatic images with 70 cm spatial resolution and multispectral images in up to 2 m spatial resolution.