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.
11 July 2016DLR has been actively involved in humanitarian aid for many years. Alongside government partners, the private sector and scientific institutions, DLR is supporting the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) work towards a world with zero hunger. The WFP Innovation Accelerator launch event on 11 July 2016 featured top level discussions with prominent international figures to discuss the increasing importance of technology and innovation in the fight against hunger.
6 July 2016Satellite-aided detection of ground displacement at the millimetre level is highly important for monitoring the safety of infrastructure and buildings as well as for the early identification of georisiks (landslides, earthquakes, etc.). For that reason, scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Munich Technical University (TUM) and the Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) are closely collaborating to develop a “Ground Displacement Map for Germany”. For this innovative Idea IMF was selected as one of 100 “Outstanding Locations 2016” in the “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition.
1 July 2016Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) are already in use aboard many ships. An initiative of the European Union is now assessing the reliability of AIS information. EOC supports the project through its activities at the Maritime Safety Research Department in Neustrelitz.