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First atmospheric trace gas density products from
December 20, 2012
On December 13th, 2012, the EOC processed the first atmospheric trace gas density products from the EUMETSAT MetOp-B mission. In addition to the mission MetOp-A being operational since January 2007, the EOC now also receives and processes GOME-2 data of the EUMETSAT satellite MetOp-B which had been successfully launched on 17/09/2012.
"Monster waves" in the North Sea
November 15, 2012
On average, two ships have been lost each week worldwide in recent years because of bad weather. In many cases they probably fell victim to "monster waves." These are individual waves of extraordinary height or with an abnormal shape that so far cannot be adequately counteracted by ship construction. The existence of monster waves was long doubted. But the latest remote sensing data and continuous monitoring at offshore platforms has revealed many cases of such extreme events on the open sea. Research at the DLR Earth Observation Center is helping to elucidate this phenomenon.
Flying Wildlife Finder: Award for Animal Conservation Project
November 07, 2012
Every year, over 100,000 fawns are injured or killed by farming equipment in Germany. Young deer crouch down when danger threatens instead of fleeing, and thus become casualties. The "Flying Wildlife Finder," an application system developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), prevents accidents by detecting animals hidden in tall grass during the hay harvest.
Competition of the best ideas: DLR providing special prizes
Two competitions for ideas, over 30 individual awards, and an impressive presentation ceremony: On 25 October 2012 the winners of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and of GMES Masters were selected in Munich. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) participated, as in previous years, by providing a special prize for each of the two events.
Open House 2012
On 21 October 2012, DLR Oberpfaffenhofen again opened its doors to allow enthusiastic fans of aeronautics and space activities a look behind the scenes. Under the slogan “Viewing Earth” some 12,000 visitors informed themselves about current research. At EOC the visitors could undertake a virtual 3D climb up K2 or learn about the flying Wildlife Finder and even pilot it themselves. They could also discover how orbiting satellites can assist people down on the ground, for example, by warning them about tsunami or bad air quality, or making it possible for them to better manage scarce environmental resources. EOC’s National Remote Sensing Data Archive was also very popular.
EOC expresses gratitude to Chile for cooperation in the Antarctic
October 12, 2012
On 4 October 2012 in a formal ceremony in Santiago de Chile, tribute was paid to longstanding Chilean-German cooperation in the Antarctic. Since 1991 Chile has supported EOC in operating the German Antarctic station GARS O’Higgins (German Antarctic Receiving Station) by providing extensive logistic assistance.
Contract for development of the Payload Data Ground Segment for the earth observation satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor was signed
October 11, 2012
EOC implements the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) for the earth observation satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor. On October 5th a contract between Astrium Ltd. and DLR to develop the PDGS was signed by Mr. Justin Byrne, Deputy Director of Earth Observation and Science Directorate for Astrium Ltd. and Eberhard Mikusch, Head of the Information Technology Department at EOC.
Successful presentation of EOC topics at ILA
20 September 2012
The Berlin Air Show ILA 2012 is over; 1 243 exhibitors from 46 countries displayed their products and services to 230,000 visitors, both specialists and the general public. EOC was also present. In the Space Pavilion the German chancellor was informed about the TanDEM-X Mission at the EOC exhibit.
The Federal Minister of Justice , Mrs. Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger visits the EOC
28. August 2012
On August 24th the German Minister of Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, visited the German Aerospace Center DLR at Oberpfaffenhofen. On a tour of the service lab of the Earth Observation Center EOC she was welcomed by the director of DFD, Prof. Stefan Dech, who illustrated the potential of satellite based remote sensing with practical examples. The minister was particularly interested in the components and functioning of the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System GITEWS. The minister was impressed both by the skillful adaptation of research results for real applications and by the prompt provision of operational support to local rescue teams.
European data center for GMES Sentinel satellites at DLR
July 24, 2012
The ground segment for GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) is starting to take shape: The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen will be the European data center for GMES satellites Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3.
Indonesia: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Tsunami Early Warning Center in Jakarta
July 23, 2012
In the course of her first visit to Indonesia, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Tsunami Early Warning Center in Jakarta, which has been established in cooperation with other research institutions of the Helmholtz Association.
2012’s ozone hole season starts
July 11, 2012
As an annually recurring phenomenon the Antarctic ozone hole is a dramatic illustration of how people change Earth’s atmosphere, thereby threatening life on the surface. The so-called ozone layer is to be found at about 20 to 30 km altitude. It forms a natural protective screen against the dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight.
Ground weather observations complement mesopause measurements
July 09, 2012
Since early summer, up-to-date weather data for Oberpfaffenhofen (temperature, pressure, precipitation, ozone etc., see figure 1) have been available on a regular basis to all interested users from WDC-RSAT (World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere). They are updated every five minutes and to be found under the rubric “Local Weather Oberpfaffenhofen,” suitably visualized.
High-Tech to protect animals receives financing
May 31, 2012
The “Wildlife Finder” project is convincing – so convincing that it will be financed with 2.5 million euro for 3.5 more years. The goal is to develop a system for rescuing fawns during the mowing of agricultural land. Under the leadership of ISA Industrieelektronik GmbH, the German Aerospace Center DLR is working with its project partners, the agricultural technology company CLAAS and Munich Technical University (TUM). This joint project is supported by the Landesjagdverband Bayern, with the project administration being handled by ZENTEC GmbH. On 31 May 2012 the grant notifications will be presented by Ilse Aigner, Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
Charles Bolden, head of NASA visits the EOC
May 07, 2012
In the course of his tour of Germany, the head of NASA, Charles Bolden, visited DLR’s Earth Observation Center EOC. He expressed his appreciation for EOC’s geoscience work: “Only by close cooperation, both in producing valuable data and in dedicated research can we improve living conditions all over the planet.”
Successful test flights of HySpex
March 15, 2012
EOC's new hyperspectral sensor system HySpex received airworthiness certification for DLR's research aircraft Cessna C 208B. Operator training by the manufacturer NEO (Norsk Elektro Optikk) and system tests were performed on the subsequent days. Due to perfect weather conditions it was possible to collect a valuable set of hyperspectral image data above DLR's test field in Kaufbeuren. Data analysis has started to assess sensor performance for various sensor settings. All involved persons are enthusiastic about the first results.
Balloon in the Sky: Onset of BHEA measurement campaign to improve climate models
February 24, 2012
The first measurement balloons are in the air, and by April 30, 2012 a total of 90 of these climate probes will be successively launched on a search for data. Starting from Oberpfaffenhofen, their purpose is to record wind velocities and temperatures, especially at elevations from 12 to 30 kilometers. This measurement campaign is being carried out by the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) in cooperation with the Schneefernerhaus environmental research station and subsidized by the Bavarian Ministry of Environment and Health. The BHEA project team is investigating the role of alpine mountain ranges in the transport of energy into the atmosphere.
SCIAMACHY Book Receives Award
February 06, 2012
In March 2002 SCIAMACHY was launched into low earth orbit on board the ENVISAT satellite. Since then the instrument—developed and provided by the space agencies of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium—has led to detailed insights into the earth’s atmosphere and global climate change. With strong support from DLR, the Springer publishing house brought out In January 2011 as part of its Earth Sciences series the book SCIAMACHY – Exploring the Changing Earth’s Atmosphere, which describes all aspects of the SCIAMACHY mission. Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) has now awarded this book the designation ‘2011 ASLI Choice’ in the fields of meteorology, climatology and atmospheric sciences.
MdB Willsch visits EOC Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information
February 03, 2012
On February 3, 2012 Klaus-Peter Willsch, a member of the German parliament, visited the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen. At DLR’s Earth Observation Center (EOC), the chairman of the parliament’s Aeronautics and Space group was informed about the work of the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI).
Exhibition "Viewing Earth from Space": 75 years of research in Oberpfaffenhofen
Januar 27, 2012
This year Oberpfaffenhofen celebrates its 75th anniversary as a research locality. Commemorations began on January 24, 2012 with a vernissage at the Starnberg district administration offices, where the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Oberpfaffenhofen has assembled a collection of over 50 satellite images presenting an unusual look at Planet Earth. The "Viewing Earth from Space" exhibit was organized together with the business development agency gfw Starnberg mbH.
General Director of Mexican Space Agency at EOC
January 19, 2012
On January 17, 2012 a Mexican delegation accompanied by DLR Executive Board Chairman Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner visited the Earth Observation Center (EOC). The director of the reorganized Mexican Space Agency, Agencia Espacial Mexicana (Aexa), Mr. Javier Mendieta, his deputy Mr. Enrique Pacheco, and Mr. Enrique Palos from the Mexican Embassy were able to obtained first-hand information about the EOC’s current work and international cooperation.
DLR to host IGARSS 2012
January 11, 2012
The "International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium", IGARSS for short, is the most prestigious symposium worldwide in the field of geoscience and remote sensing. Over 2,000 experts from more than 70 countries use this annual forum to share their latest research results, note research trends, and cultivate networking. Under the slogan "Remote Sensing for a Dynamic Earth" IGARSS 2012 will take place July 22 to 27 at the International Congress Centre Munich (ICM). This year’s event is hosted by DLR Oberpfaffenhofen together with the European Space Agency ESA, and IEEE, the largest engineering sciences association worldwide.
Mekong Environmental Symposium 2013
November 20, 2012
The Mekong Environmental Symposium 2013 takes place from March 5th to 7th 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.
The EOC Media Library goes online
October 11, 2012
For years, explaining complex scientific issues by means of professional animations and films has been a substantial component of the PR portfolio of the EOC. Further products comprise film reports and animations for TV and science journals and articles. The EOC media library now displays here the full spectrum of work done so far. You can enter the library by clicking on the logo on the right.
Recovery of the ozone layer continues
October 02, 2012
Measurements show that the ozone hole above Antarctica in 2012 is one of the smallest in recent years. Both the area of expansion and the reduction in ozone concentrations are small this year in comparison to the values observed in past years. This is a clear indication that the ozone layer is staging a good recovery.
Book „The Mekong Delta System – Interdisciplinary Analyses of a River Delta” now published
July 30, 2012
From the findings of the first project phase of the WISDOM project the book “The Mekong Delta System” emerged. It presents a unique collection of state-of-the-art contributions by international experts from different scientific disciplines about the characteristics and pressing water-related challenges of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The Mekong Delta belongs to one of the areas, which are to expect the largest challenges concerning environmental change and climate change induced sea level rise.
Remote sensing highlights: IGARSS conference 2012 begins
July 24, 2012
The most important conference worldwide in the research fields of geoscience and remote sensing has started. Until 27 July 2012 some 2400 experts from over 70 countries will be guests at Munich’s International Congress Center. At the focus of IGARSS 2012 (International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium) are new technologies and applications, integrated earth observation systems, satellite image processing methodologies and information extraction, as well as current and planned satellite missions.
Election for Public Winner 2012 in the competition “365 Locations in a Country of Ideas”
Vote for the IMF “Flying Wildlife Finder.”
June 27, 2012
Suspense is again increasing in the country of ideas. Starting 1 July the public can select the most popular “Featured Location 2012” in the competition “365 Locations in a Country of Ideas.” The IMF Wildlife Finder is among this year’s candidates.
Anniversary in space – five years of TerraSAR-X
June 15, 2012
Five years ago today, at 04:14 CEST on 15 June 2007, the German TerraSAR-X radar satellite was launched from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This marked the beginning of a new era in satellite remote sensing for Germany. Designed to operate for five years, the satellite has now completed its nominal service life but it remains in excellent condition; it is expected to continue functioning for several more years.
Don’t miss IGARSS 2012
June 01, 2012
One of the most important conferences on geoscience and remote sensing is just around the corner. With a record number of 3400 papers to be given, this premier event is set to be one of the biggest highlights in this year’s scientific agenda. The 2012 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) is being held in Munich, Germany, on 22–27 July and co-organized by ESA and DLR.
Award for the Project Wildlife Finder: Nature Conservation Prize 2012
April 21, 2012
In recognition of an outstanding contribution toward protecting native species and nature conservation as part of the “Wildlife Finder” project, the Jägervereinigung Oberhessen e.V. awarded the project team its Nature Conservation Prize 2012. In addition to the Remote Sensing Technology Institute of DLR, which had the scientific supervision of the BMBF-sponsored Wildlife Finder project (2008-2011), the other partners honored were CLAAS Saulgau GmbH (project coordination), ISA Industrieelektronik GmbH, and teams in the ultra-high-frequency technology specialty division of Munich Technical University (TUM) and at the Institute of Agricultural Technology at Hohenheim University.
Virtual Observatory launched at the Zugspitze
April 19, 2012
The Schneefernerhaus Environmental Research Station, Germany's loftiest research station at 2650 meters altitude, some 300 meters below the peak of the Zugspitze, has allied itself with Sonnblick Observatory in Austria, the Jungfraujoch/Gornergrat Observertary in Switzerland, and the European Academy EURAC in Italy to form a "Virtual Alpine Observatory."
obsAIRve - air quality forecasts now online
March 09, 2012
"How clean is my air?" People, businesses and public authorities across Europe can now find this out online – the new 'obsAIRve' service portal provides rolling three-day forecasts and current observations of air quality for places and regions across Europe. All information is presented in a clear and easily understandable way. Smartphone owners can also obtain this information with an 'App'.
Remote Sensing Technology Institute: “Featured Location 2012”
February 03, 2012
DLR’s Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) in Oberpfaffenhofen was selected as a “Featured Location 2012” based on its project “Flying Wildlife Finder.” This makes it one of the winners in the competition “365 locations in a country with ideas” organized by the nation-branding initiative “Germany – A Country with Ideas” in cooperation with Deutsche Bank. Under the patronage of the German president and Deutsche Bank this initiative annually awards a prize to 365 outstanding projects and ideas which are making a lasting contribution toward Germany’s ability to meet the challenges of the future. As an award winner, in 2012 IMF is an ambassador for the country with ideas and represents Germany’s potential for innovation.
In a long sequence of methodological experimentation and prototypes developed by IMF together with its partners in recent years to protect wild animals during the springtime mowing season, the “Flying Wildlife Finder” is a promising new approach.
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