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.
The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
Receiving Station in AntarcticaThe 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’HigginsThe 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.
Receiving antenna in InuvikDFD's large-scale research facility in arctic Inuvik, northern Canada.
The German Remote Sensing Data Center in OberpfaffenhofenThe 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.
Prof. Dr. Stefan DechDirector DFDGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
Earth Oberservation Center (EOC)Telephone: +49 8153 28-2885
Fax: +49 8153 28-3444Münchener Straße 20Contact
Gunter SchreierGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)
German Remote Sensing Data Center; DirectionTelephone: +49 8153 28-1375
German Remote Sensing Data Center: number of employees (2019)
German Remote Sensing Data Center: number of PhD students (2018)
German Remote Sensing Data Center: number of journal contributions from 2014 to 2018 (49 percent of open access)
196,189196number of non-open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)
196,189189number of open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)