24 June 2016A special kind of anniversary took place on 20 June, some 14,000 kilometres south of Germany in the Antarctic. There, at DFD’s German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins, the DFD crew celebrated the 50,000st TerraSAR-X orbit.
24 June 2016DFD participates in the bilateral Austrian-German EO4HumEn+ project. In close collaboration with humanitarian aid organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières, SOS-Kinderdorf International, the Red Cross, and Austrian research partners, satellite-based information products will be developed and tested over the course of the next two years.
22 June 2016On 22 June 2016 at 5:55 Central European Summer Time the microsatellite BIROS was successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. The satellite of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will detect high-temperature events on Earth from an altitude of 515 kilometres. As part of the “Launch and Early Orbit Phase”, immediately after launch contact was established with the satellite from DFD’s two polar ground stations, GARS O’Higgins in the Antarctic and Inuvik in Canada’s high north.
17 June 2016Green roofs make cities more livable—for animals and people. Ecological niches come into being on rooftops where they filter the air, retain water, and exert a positive effect on the climate.How many green roofs are there in German cities now? What is their distribution and where else can existing roofs be landscaped? EOC scientists considered these questions and found answers that were presented during the “2016 Week of the Environment” in the park of Bellevue palace in Berlin.
10 June 2016The physical and biological surface cover of the ground and the way people use the land are important for many other land surface related parameters. Scientists at the DFD work on methods for the automated derivation of land use and land cover information from multispectral satellite image time series. A detailed depiction of the land use and land cover distribution in Germany has now been created. In future this kind of information should be derived at regular intervals to answer important questions about long-term land use trend in the context of global environmental change.
12 May 2016The Earth trembles, rivers burst their banks and tsunamis destroy coastal regions. Natural and man-made disasters make our high technology society ever more sensitive. The current disaster management systems have the drawback that they cannot be flexibly adapted to the respective situation. Hazards and disasters have a similar course but are nevertheless different. DLR has developed a system that takes this into account. PHAROS supports crisis managers, operations managers and relief workers in every phase of disaster response.