The Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter (DFD)

25 years of the German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins
Re­ceiv­ing Sta­tion in Antarc­ti­ca
Image 1/5, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Receiving Station in Antarctica

The nine-me­tre an­ten­na at DLR's GARS O'Hig­gins Antarc­tic Sta­tion re­ceives enor­mous quan­ti­ties of satel­lite da­ta. In ad­di­tion to re­ceiv­ing da­ta, the sta­tion's tasks now al­so in­clude send­ing com­mands to satel­lites and, in some cas­es, pro­cess­ing the da­ta on site.
German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins
Ger­man Antarc­tic Re­ceiv­ing Sta­tion GARS O’Hig­gins
Image 2/5, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins

The GARS (Ger­man Antarc­tic Re­ceiv­ing Sta­tion) O'Hig­gins Antarc­tic Sta­tion was found­ed in 1991. The white build­ings and the nine-me­tre an­ten­na of the DLR Antarc­tic Sta­tion are lo­cat­ed in the di­rect vicin­i­ty of the Chilean Antarc­tic Base Gen­er­al Bernar­do O'Hig­gins. The DLR sta­tion has been op­er­at­ing for 25 years and is staffed through­out the year by a small team.
DFD antennas
DFD Na­tion­al Ground Seg­ment
Image 3/5, Credit: DLR

DFD National Ground Segment

DFD's large-scale re­search fa­cil­i­ty in Neustre­litz.
Empfangsantenne in Inuvik
Re­ceiv­ing an­ten­na in In­u­vik
Image 4/5, Credit: DLR

Receiving antenna in Inuvik

DFD's large-scale re­search fa­cil­i­ty in arc­tic In­u­vik, north­ern Cana­da.
Building of the German Remote Sensing Data Center in Oberpfaffenhofen
The Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter in Oberp­faf­fen­hofen
Image 5/5, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

The German Remote Sensing Data Center in Oberpfaffenhofen

The Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter (DFD) is an in­sti­tute of the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR) with fa­cil­i­ties in Oberp­faf­fen­hofen near Mu­nich and in Neustre­litz in the state of Meck­len­burg – West­ern Pomera­nia. DFD and DLR’s Re­mote Sens­ing Tech­nol­o­gy In­sti­tute (IMF) to­geth­er com­prise the Earth Ob­ser­va­tion Cen­ter EOC, which has be­come a cen­ter of com­pe­tence for earth ob­ser­va­tion in Ger­many.

With its national and international ground stations, the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) provides direct access to the data from Earth observation satellites, processes the data into information products, distributes them to the users and stores all the data in the German Satellite Data Archive (D-SDA) on a long-term basis. With geoscientific work on atmospheric, global change and civil security research, DFD provides access to remote sensing products and solutions and thus consolidates their application in the private and scientific sectors. It operates subject-specific ‘user services’, in particular the World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (WDC-RSAT) and the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI). Together with the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), DFD forms the Earth Observation Center (EOC) – the centre of excellence for Earth observation in Germany.

Contact
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Dech
    Di­rec­tor DFD
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter (DFD)
    Earth Oberser­va­tion Cen­ter (EOC)
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2885
    Fax: +49 8153 28-3444
    Münchener Straße 20
    82234 Weßling
    Contact
  • Gunter Schreier
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter; Di­rec­tion
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-1375
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln
    Contact
Antarctic station GARS O'Higgins
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Antarctic station GARS O'Higgins
14,205 kilometres from Berlin, storms rage across the Antarctic Peninsula at speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. Perched on the northern tip, the German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O'Higgins, operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has...
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Locations and Offices
Neustrelitz Oberpfaffenhofen
Infrastructure
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    Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter: num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions – 35 per­cent in open ac­cess 2014 to 2018)

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    number of publications of open access between 2014 and 2018 (35 percent)
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    1017
    number of publications of non-open access between 2014 and 2018
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    Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter: num­ber of em­ploy­ees (2019)

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    76
    Female
  • 76,167
    167
    Male
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    Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter: num­ber of jour­nal con­tri­bu­tions from 2014 to 2018 (49 per­cent of open ac­cess)

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    196
    number of non-open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)
  • 196,189
    189
    number of open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)

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