19 November 2015Holger Schlienkamp of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy was informed about the work of the Earth Observation Center before the DLR annual meeting.Mr Schlienkamp heads the sub-department of the ministry which deals with space affairs and in this function liaises with DLR. The ministry delegation was accompanied by the chair of the DLR executive board, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund.
18 November 2015Heavy rains even far from rivers and lakes can quickly lead to serious flooding. EOC scientists have now developed a risk assessment system that makes it possible for the first time to ascertain the threat of heavy rain for every household in Germany. Its development by EOC is now completed and the insurance industry will put a version to use nationwide by the end of 2016.
17 November 2015A delegation from the "Space Technology Institute" (STI) of the "Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology" (VAST) paid a visit to EOC on 16 November to inform itself about remote sensing technologies and applications for earth observation in Germany. The focus of the visit was on detecting and coping with natural disasters and on the information technologies developed at DFD to process, archive and distribute massive amounts of data.
05 November 2015On 27 October 2015 Andreas Dietz, a scientist at the German Remote Sensing Data Center, was awarded the Helmut Rott Prize for his outstanding dissertation in the field of remote sensing of the cryosphere.
04 November 2015With the help of orbiting satellites, Europe’s Copernicus programme makes possible more effective environmental protection and better disaster management. The first satellites in the so-called Sentinel series have been launched. Now application fields need to be developed and their usefulness assessed together with users of this environmental data.
23 October 2015The ozone hole over Antarctica currently extends over 26 million square kilometres – an area larger than the North American continent.