19 August 2016On the night from August 7 to August 8 an emergency has been declared in the Porto region of Portugal, where wildfires spread. Over several days fires burned before it was possible to get them under control.
05 August 2016Earthquakes, landslides, tsunami and other natural disasters can abruptly change the shape of the earth’s surface. Disaster relief teams and public authorities require up to date and precise situational information as soon as possible when responding to such events. By employing an optical camera system, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) can provide timely, high-resolution 3D terrain models within seconds directly from the airplane or helicopter.
26 July 2016Since 25 July a Processing and Archiving Centre (PAC) at DFD has been operating for three of the four orbiting Sentinel satellites. The PAC is being run on behalf of ESA for the European Commission. This is where raw data are turned into satellite image products, stored in the German Satellite Data Archive (D-SDA), and made available from there to users worldwide.
15 July 2016Today, the analysis and use of satellite images is commonplace. Just 15 years ago, however, only a handful of specialists worked with these valuable data. Since then, a particular niche expertise has rapidly developed – the use of satellite data for disaster management. An international team of experts led by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has analysed the historical development of satellite-based emergency mapping. In the current special issue of the journal Science, the researchers are presenting global patterns alongside historic and emerging trends in this field.
14 July 2016The official launch of the CoastMap project took place on 5 July at EOC. CoastMap will investigate the potential of hyperspectral remote sensing for analysing water bodies and coastal regions. Using sensors with high spectral resolution makes it possible to map water depths (bathymetry) and classify ground cover.
13 July 2016A new era in global environmental monitoring has begun. One of the propellers is the European earth observation programme, whose Sentinel satellite fleet is supplying an unprecedented wealth of measurements: continuously, comprehensively and free of charge. By the end of 2017, Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 alone will be recording a daily data volume of some 20 terabytes — 20,000 gigabytes. This massive flow of data requires new approaches to data access, processing and analysis. On behalf of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, EOC has developed and tested the required technologies together with industrial partners.