17 October 2017On Monday, 16th of October, the DLR antenna located on the International Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) in Inuvik tracked for the first time a satellite of the European Commission to receive X-band data.
13 October 2017In which quantity are trace gases, such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide, present in our atmosphere? How high are the global and regional concentrations of aerosol particles? Which processes induce changes in our environment, and how do they affect our climate, air quality, and therefore our health?The most recent satellite to join Europe's Copernicus Earth observation programme is designed to provide answers to precisely these questions: on board a Rockot launch vehicle, Sentinel-5P took off from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia at 11:27 CEST on 13 October 2017.
12 October 2017This year the ozone hole over Antarctica is noticeably small. Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have determined that it is the second-smallest ozone hole since the end of the 1980s – since the 1987 Montreal Protocol and its follow-up agreements on protecting the ozone layer. Current measurements show a maximal extent of the ozone hole of some 20 million square kilometres this year.
10 October 2017For a while, there was nothing much to say about Larsen C iceberg number A68. After calving in July 2017 with strong media coverage, there is now more news to report. What happened? It moved. It shrank somewhat. Nothing spectacular, but nevertheless worth another blog contribution.
29 September 2017On 27 September Ministry Department Head Dr Manfred Wolter and Ministry Advisor Mr Dietmar Schneyer from the “Innovation, Research, Technology” department of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology visited the EOC.