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  • Moving away from a data-centric approach to a user-driven era
  • e-shape is a unique initiative 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.
  • It allows Europe to position itself as global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets.
  • EuroGEO, as Europe's contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), aims at bringing together Earth Observation resources in Europe.
  • 37 pilot applications under 7 thematic areas address societal challenges, foster entrepreneurship and support sustainable development, in alignment to the three main priorities of GEO (SDGs, Paris Agreement and Sendaï Framework).



  • e-shape a powerful booster towards sustainability
  • 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.
  • Coordinate EO actions, leverage on existing European heritage benefiting from open science and link to GEO flagships and initiatives;
  • Deliver concrete EO-derived benefits with and for users through a rigorous co-design;
  • Implement a coordinated and comprehensive portfolio of activities with emphases on user uptake, operational services, business support and aggressive outreach strategy;
  • Onboard new pilots currently being developed outside the project, providing them access to the strategic knowledge and communication channels of e-shape.



  • Why e-shape matters?
  • e-shape aspires to:
  • Foster the development of valuable Earth Observation services with and for the users;
  • e-shape will:
  • Support the coordinated exploitation of Earth Observation data and services across the whole ecosystem of actors in Europe and beyond;
  • Coordinate the European contribution to GEOSS, making the most of European investments in Copernicus and multiple major R&D projects;
  • Generate key tools that will help the sustainability of Earth Observation activities now and in the future, through open and inclusive processes;
  • Streamline the access to key resources (knowledge, technology, markets and capital) allowing researchers, developers and industrial actors to deliver services that bring concrete benefits to a number of key societal sectors;
  • Break through barriers, helping to scale up services to reach a critical mass of users across borders and sectors.

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e-shape (EuroGEO Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe)

The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) is a partnership of 105 national governments, the European Commission and 127 participating organizations. GEO implements a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and envisions a future where decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations.

Regional GEOs were differentiated from GEO flagships and initiatives during the 2018 GEOplenary meeting in Kyoto and recognized to possess additional prominence in the GEO Work Programme. The EuroGEOSS initiative is the European regional GEO and will represent the European Caucus within GEO.

The EuroGEOSS vision is to significantly increase the benefits for Europe regarding its participation within GEO through improving user uptake of the data GEO assets generate and by harvesting the environmental information produced through the GEO flagships and initiatives. In this context, e-shape is funded by the European Commission in support of EuroGEO.


Starting date → 01 / 05 / 2019

Project information → 48 months | 54 partners | EU contribution 14 998 976.27 €.

Call (part) identifier → H2020-SC5-2018-2

Topic → SC5-15-2018 - Strengthening the benefits for Europe of the Global EarthObservation System of Systems (GEOSS) - establishing ‘EuroGEO’

Coordinator → ARMINES

EU Project Officer → Erwin Goor

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