March 24, 2023The unusually severe heat and drought periods of the past five years have taken their toll on Germany's forests and fostered pest infestations. In the future, Earth observation will provide the forest sector with comprehensive data to detect forest damage and causes of damage at an early stage and to better inform forest management. On March 21, 2023, the International Day of Forests, the ForstEO project was launched for this purpose.
March 15, 2023EOC scientist Dr Celia Baumhoer was awarded the 1922 DLR Science Prize for her outstanding scientific achievements. This prize is awarded annually to a maximum of two scientists.
February 28, 2023The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published in February the latest status report on the ozone layer of Earth’s atmosphere (Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2022). EOC scientists played a significant role as authors and reviewers in drawing up the report.
February 16, 2023EOC scientists, together with partners from Israel, have trained an artificial intelligence-based system to detect oil spills early on radar satellite imagery. In addition to tanker spills, illegal discharges such as oily ballast water, tanker wash residues, and fuel oil debris are having a devastating impact on the ecosystem.
February 14, 2023Satellite images show how the land has shifted due to the severe earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: According to an evaluation by the Earth Observation Center (EOC), the faults amount to up to six metres in some places. The scientists analysed and visualised data from the European radar satellite Sentinel-1. The cracks can be seen on the surface over a length of about 250 kilometres.
February 8, 2023On February 6, 2023, an earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 occurred in the Gaziantep region of southeastern Turkey, followed by numerous aftershocks up to magnitude 7.5. Many regions and cities have been affected, especially in the Turkish-Syrian border area. The total number of people affected or injured is still unknown, as the situation remains unclear as cleanup efforts are ongoing. The DLR-ZKI provides a web viewer, where first aid responders, humanitarian actors and governmental agencies for public safety can receive high resolution satellite imagery and their analyses.
Video: Nord Stream 2 pipeline leak near Bornholm