Launch of "Earth Observation Australia"

Dear Australian EO Community,

We’re very happy to announce that from today, Wednesday 8 November 2017, AEOCCG will transition to “Earth Observation Australia” to formally implement the Australian Earth Observation Community Coordination Plan.

All of the materials previously on the AEOCCG website are now at www.eoa.org.au.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community who helped us to prepare the 10 year plan, and to transition it to a Business Plan, especially Ben Starkey,  Sylvia Michael, Glenn Campbell and Jonathan Ross.

Our first activity will be to establish a suitably balanced Steering Committee to work with myself and Jo Edkins at UQ, to begin implementing the Plan’s proposed actions.  An email will be sent the week of 13 November 2017 to begin formally establishing a committee by 15 December 2017.

We also want to note that since the Plan was launched in 2016 there have numerous major developments in Earth Observation in Australia that have been driven by the plan and our activities around it, notably:

AEOCP 2026 PriorityAction Completed or Underway

1, 2 and 4

Development and submission of an Australian EO community wide submission to Australia's Space Industry Capability Review Process - recommending the establishment of EO as the basis for Australia's space capability:
  • Review Process
 • Australian EO Submission
 Development and release of the Business Plan and the transition of AEOCCG to Earth Observation Australia on 8 November 2017.

2

Establishment and operation of the "Earth Observation for Government Network" as a national forum to develop and deliver continental scale products in the most appropriate manner possible for national government applications.

3

To be implemented as part of the development and release of the Business Plan and the transition of AEOCCG to Earth Observation Australia on 8 November 2017.

4

Development and submission of a 10 year investment plan for earth observation research infrastructure as part of the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap and Investment Planning processes, 2017-2027.

5

Delivery of a workshop on "Observing the Earth – Opportunities Taking Flight" at the 2017 Science and Technology Australia Science Meets Business Symposium, Sydney, 9 November 2017.

Thanks again for all of your help!

Sincerely,

Stuart Phinn and Jo Edkins
Earth Observation Australia - Coordination Office
Joint Remote Sensing Research Program
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The University of Queensland