06 July 2015Whoever wants a glimpse of the future of our climate has to cast his eyes upward. Almost into outer space, up some 100 kilometres, at night. Then the consequences of global warming become rapidly evident. For years the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has been monitoring the temperature of the atmosphere at this altitude and analysing the changes—in order to improve climate models and to detect natural disasters early, like flooding, earthquakes and tsunami. The "base camp" for measurements is Germany‘s highest research station, the Schneefernerhaus Environmental Research Station (UFS) on Zugspitze mountain.
30 June 2015Exactly 20 years ago, in summer 1995, DLR received and processed for the first time data from the ERS-2 (European Remote Sensing) the second earth observation Satellite from ESA. A new instrument onboard ERS-2 was GOME (Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment), a relative high resolution spectrometer covering the complete UV, visible and near-infrared spectral regions.
29 June 2015The sinking of RMS Titanic seems like an event from the distant past, but still today, over 100 years after the disaster, icebergs continue to endanger shipping between Europe and North America. However, in contrast to earlier years, high-resolution satellite images can now be used to help monitor icebergs drifting in the ocean.
26 June 2015This month colleagues of DFD published the book “Remote Sensing Time Series – Revealing Land Surface Dynamics” released by Springer. The volume comprises an outstanding variety of chapters on Earth Observation based time series analyses, undertaken to reveal past and current land surface dynamics for large areas. Many chapters are led by scientists from DFD.
12 June 2015 On 12 June 2015 a Canadian delegation visited DFD. The prime minister of the Canadian Northwest Territories, Robert McLeod, two of his ministers, and additional delegation members were informed about the work being undertaken at DFD, particular concerning the employment and potential of the DFD polar receiving stations and applications for the earth observation data they acquire.
12 June 2015There are just 188 known meteorite craters worldwide. Some span a mere 10 metres, while others extend across 160 kilometres and are significantly more impressive.They all share a common history – an object from outer space must hit the Earth travelling at least 11 kilometres per second, or 39,000 kilometres per hour, to leave behind an impact crater. "They can all look very different. Frequently they are aged, or even contain subterranean lakes," says Manfred Gottwald, a Remote Sensing Technology Institute scientist.