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Help from Space: Navigating through Ice with Radar Satellites
18 April 2017
Three weeks ago the research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov returned from the “Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition”. This campaign took an international research team once around the Antarctic continent. Scientists at the DLR Maritime Safety and Security Lab in Bremen and Neustrelitz were always there. Not on the ship, but in space.
Explicit Risk Assessment– EOC Heavy-Rain Zoning Now Operational
13 April 2017
Simbach in Bavaria, Braunsbach in Baden-Württemberg, and Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia – three places that stand for the risk of unanticipated heavy rains with catastrophic consequences. The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has developed a rapid and research-based methodology for classifying built-up areas into risk zones. Up to now the EOC system has been used exclusively by the insurance industry. Now the analyses are available on the open market.
Crisis Management Drill in Duisburg – VABENE++ takes part
06 April 2017
Flooding in Duisburg. The water level rises continuously and then the floodgate fails. On 30 March 2017 the crisis management team of the city of Duisburg practiced responding to this scenario in order to be ready for such an emergency. EOC staff participated in the drill as observers and collected information on the disaster response as part of the VABENE++ project. This is because the 4k camera system developed at EOC is designed for use in future emergency situations like this one.
Virtual Alpine Observatory (VAO): Climate Change Research in the Alps
04 April 2017
The 4th Symposium of the Virtual Alpine Observatory (VAO) took place from 28 - 31 March in Bozen, Italy. Technological and scientific progress was described in over 50 presentations. Bavarian Minister of the Environment and Consumer Protection, Ulrike Scharf, also attended. She stressed the importance of VAO as an instrument of cross-border research on climate change and its consequences. Bavaria currently contributes about €3 million toward financing VAO.
Gold and Silver for EOC
04 April 2017
After receiving honours in Germany, the limited edition DLR calendar containing scenes provided by EOC was also a successful entrant in a calendar competition in the USA.
It received gold and silver awards in various categories.
New Aerial Camera System for Civil Protection
21 March 2017
On 16 March a new 4k camera system with real-time capability developed by the Remote Sensing Technology Institute went aloft for the first time on DLR’s Eurocopter EC 135 research helicopter and is now ready for use. The system provides high-resolution aerial images and is capable of processing and analysing them within seconds.
ZKI at CeBIT
20 March 2017
The ZKI service of the German Remote Sensing Data Center is represented also this year at the CeBIT stand of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. There, DFD staff provide information about ZKI-DE, a ZKI service for federal authorities. Since 2013 the ZKI-DE service has made it possible for public offices to have rapid access to up-to-date geoinformation, including their analysis. This collaboration between the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) provides federal authorities with remote sensing products in emergency situations and for matters involving civil and public security.
70 Years of Earth Observation
17 March 2017
Over 70 years ago the first images of Earth could be recorded from space with the help of ballistic long-range rockets. The tests made use of V-2 rockets seized from the Germans by the Americans during World War II. The films, recovered from the rocket debris, showed Earth for the first time from a satellite perspective. In black-and-white, course grained and with poor resolution, they were nevertheless a sensation. Today, 70 years later, satellites continuously supply highly precise images of the state of our planet and they have become an essential instrument for visualising and analysing global interrelationships.
Copernicus@work: Largest European Earth Observation Programme is Operational
16 March 2017
Environmental protection, agriculture, urban planning: these are only a few of the areas that will benefit from the earth observation data supplied by the Sentinel satellites of the European Copernicus Programme. Five of these satellites are already now providing a multitude of information about the condition and structure of the earth surface, signaling that the Copernicus system is now operational. The many applications that now become possible are in the focus of the National Forum for Remote Sensing and Copernicus 2017 - "Copernicus@work".
CODE-DE – Satellite data free of charge for everyone
09 March 2017
Landscape designers, nature conservation officials, city planners, farmers and foresters, meteorologists—they can all benefit from earth observation, if they have reliable and easy access to the requisite data. Today the “Copernicus Data and Exploitation Platform – Germany”, CODE-DE, was activated for this purpose. The platform was developed together with industrial partners under EOC leadership.
Earth firmly in view – Sentinel-2B satellite successfully launched
07 March 2017
Just two years after its 'twin satellite' was launched on 7 March 2017 at 02:49 CET (6 March at 22:49 local time), the European Earth observation satellite Sentinel-2B set off on its mission on board a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
UFS Schneefernerhaus greets Bundestag Delegation and President Krautzberger of the German Environment Agency
21 February 2017
Thanks to its high-alpine location the Schneefernerhaus Environmental Research Station (UFS) provides unique opportunities for environmental, climate, and high altitude research. On 20 February 2017 a delegation of the budget committee of the German parliament visited this research station on the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, accompanied by Maria Krautzberger, President of the German Environment Agency. There the visitors were informed about the research activities of the ten consortium partners, including the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Federal Agencies Visit EOC
17 February 2017
On 15 February 2017 representatives from the Federal Statistical Office of Germany and the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy were informed at EOC about the potential of earth observation and current developments.
Unusual Northern European Weather Conditions
16 February 2017
Since early February a distinct reduction in ozone concentration over northern Europe has been observed. This situation is unusual in the Northern Hemisphere.
Fires in Chile
31 January 2017
On January 24, 2017, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was activated for forest fires in Chile. The DLR/ZKI is responsible for the Project Management of this Charter Call and supports the ‘Chilean National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry’ (ONEMI) of Chile with the provision of satellite data and value added disaster information products.
DLR/EOC Calendar Awarded Bronze
30 January 2017
The limited-edition 2017 DLR calendar, distributed to representatives of ministries, public authorities, partners, and decision makers in science and industry, once more features EOC topics. And it was again successful in a calendar competition. On 26 January it received a bronze “gregor international calendar award” at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart.
Arousing interest in science at an early age: EOC at Augsburg Children‘s University
26 January 2017
At “Augsburg Children‘s University” scientists teach youngsters about current research topics and provide background knowledge. EOC is involved.
500 Terabyte (TB) compressed into one image – Big Data in Earth Observation
25 January 2017
The European Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions will generate a daily data volume in excess of 20 TB by the end of 2017. In view of this large quantity, new processing procedures are called for, like those used by the TimeScan processor developed and successfully tested by EOC.
Project Launch in Lisbon
24 January 2017
The kick-off meeting for the Horizon2020 project “NextGEOSS” was held 16-18 January in Lisbon. Its goal is to make it possible for geodata that are currently available worldwide to be more easily and efficiently located with the help of intelligent algorithms.
A powerful visitor attraction: “Nature‘s Wonders” the most successful temporary exhibition of 2016
06 January 2017
Orbit Earth like an astronaut and marvel at the earthly splendour of the changing seasons. Since March 2016 visitors to Gasometer Oberhausen have been able to experience this spectacle. Some 750,000 people came in droves last year to this 100 meter high industrial monument and made " Nature‘s Wonders " the most successful single exhibition of 2016 in Germany while at the same time breaking a visitor record at Gasometer Oberhausen.
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