12 February 2016In nur 14 Monaten wurden am Earth Observation Center des DLR eine Million Gigabyte, also ein Petabyte, Daten des europäischen Radarsatelliten Sentinel-1 empfangen, prozessiert und archiviert. Sentinel-1 ist der erste Satellit einer ganzen Flotte von europäischen Erdbeobachtungssatelliten mit unterschiedlichen Sensoren und Spezialisierungen. Das EOC übernimmt im Auftrag der ESA die Funktion des „Sentinel-1 / Sentinel-3 OLCI Processing and Archiving Center“.
28 January 2016Gravity waves affect the climate and our weather. For the first time, scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) together with their colleagues at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Forschungszentrum Jülich, and other national and international partners were able to measure almost the entire life cycle of atmospheric gravity waves. The atmosphere researchers flew coordinated measuring flights from Kiruna in northern Sweden on two research aircraft, HALO (High Altitude LOng Range Research Aircraft) and Falcon.
25 January 2016The German research icebreaker ‘Polarstern’ is currently in the Antarctic. Expedition PS 96 is on a route through areas with huge layers of sea ice that could make trouble even for an icebreaker like the Polarstern. EOC is assisting the Polarstern to find a way through the ice by providing information from radar images. The necessary data are being acquired at DLR’s German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins, processed in near-real-time, and then delivered to users.
22 January 2016
On 20 and 21 January 2016 the EU project “BASE Platform” (Bathymetry Service Platform) was launched at the EOC Maritime Safety Research Department in Bremen.The project has the goal to provide online access to up-to-date, high resolution information on the topography of the ocean floor (bathymetry). Seven European companies and institutions are participating in the Horizon 2020 project, which is being supported with some two million euro. EOC is in charge of the coordination.
17 December 2015On 5 December 2015, the GRIPS 14 instrument (GRound-based Infrared P-branch Spectrometer) began to measure mesopause temperatures for the GW-LCYCLE campaign (Investigation of the life cycle of gravity waves) at ALOMAR (Arctic Lidar Observatory for Middle Atmosphere Research), Norway. This site is on Andoya island north of the polar circle on the premises of the Andoya Air Station, near the town of Andenes.
17 December 2015The quality of the air we breathe is critical for our health. Even if the negative effects of poor air quality are not necessarily immediately evident, the long-term consequences of air pollution have in the meantime been well documented by scientists.