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Measurement Campaign in Norway with GRIPS IR Spectrometer
17 December 2015
On 5 December 2015, the GRIPS 14 instrument (GRound-based Infrared P-branch Spectrometer) began to measure mesopause temperatures for the GW-LCYCLE campaign (Investigation of the life cycle of gravity waves) at ALOMAR (Arctic Lidar Observatory for Middle Atmosphere Research), Norway. This site is on Andoya island north of the polar circle on the premises of the Andoya Air Station, near the town of Andenes.
EOC air quality forecasts available from new app
17 Dezember 1015
The quality of the air we breathe is critical for our health. Even if the negative effects of poor air quality are not necessarily immediately evident, the long-term consequences of air pollution have in the meantime been well documented by scientists.
Focus on volcanos: improved SO
11 December 2015
In the morning of December 3rd, 2015 a series of volcanic eruptions started at the ‘Voragine’ crater of the Etna on Sicily (Italy). This type of eruptions is called paroxysm, which is a synonym for increasing volcanic activity. Paroxysms are characterized by frequent explosions, becoming more and more intense until they come to an end in a final violent eruption.
EOC on visit to Berlin
04 December 2015
At a briefing luncheon on 2 December 2015 hosted by the Aerospace Parliamentary Group and the Aerospace Forum e.V., Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund and Prof. Stefan Dech, director of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), spoke on DLR's contributions to meeting global challenges.
Copernicus in Oberpfaffenhofen
27 November 2015
Two representatives of the European Commission paid a visit to EOC on 26 November. Andreas Veispak, acting head of the “Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth” unit, and Roland Zinzius, deputy head of the newly established “Financial Management of Space Programmes” unit, are responsible in the context of the Copernicus Programme for the further develop of the European earth observation system.
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy visits EOC
19 November 2015
Holger Schlienkamp of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy was informed about the work of the Earth Observation Center before the DLR annual meeting. Mr Schlienkamp heads the sub-department of the ministry which deals with space affairs and in this function liaises with DLR. The ministry delegation was accompanied by the chair of the DLR executive board, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund.
Heavy Rain Risk: EOC System furnishes information
18. November 2015
Heavy rains even far from rivers and lakes can quickly lead to serious flooding. EOC scientists have now developed a risk assessment system that makes it possible for the first time to ascertain the threat of heavy rain for every household in Germany. Its development by EOC is now completed and the insurance industry will put a version to use nationwide by the end of 2016.
Vietnam acquires information at EOC
17 November 2015
A delegation from the "Space Technology Institute" (STI) of the "Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology" (VAST) paid a visit to EOC on 16 November to inform itself about remote sensing technologies and applications for earth observation in Germany. The focus of the visit was on detecting and coping with natural disasters and on the information technologies developed at DFD to process, archive and distribute massive amounts of data.
EOC saddened by the death of Dr. Hans-Dietrich Bettac
11 November 2015
The Earth Observation Center laments the death of Dr. Hans-Dietrich Bettac, who died much too early end of October this year.
EOC awarded Helmut-Rott Prize
6 November 2015
On 27 October 2015 Andreas Dietz, a scientist at the German Remote Sensing Data Center, was awarded the Helmut Rott Prize for his outstanding dissertation in the field of remote sensing of the cryosphere.
Ozone hole nears record size again
23 October 2015
The ozone hole over Antarctica currently extends over 26 million square kilometres – an area larger than the North American continent.
Ice Information for the Maritime Community
25. Oktober 2015
The International Ice Charting Working Group (IICWG) convened its 16th annual meeting October 19-23 in Rostock. This year’s meeting was hosted by the German Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center and the Alfred Wegener Institute. The theme for the meeting was “Relevant Ice Information for the Maritime Community”
Copernicus Masters 2015: Earth Observation — a Bee Lifesaver
21. Oktober 2015
Just how creatively earth observation data from Europe‘s Copernicus project can be used was again confirmed in the “Copernicus Masters” competition for ideas. The winners were announced and honoured in an award ceremony during the Satellite Masters Conference in Berlin on 20 October 2015. The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) supported the “DLR Energy & Environmental Challenge 2015” part of the competition, which sought the best idea for an application relating to the realm of environment, climate and energy.
Continuous successful run(ning)
12 October 2015
This year Munich Marathon celebrated its 30th anniversary and scientists from IMF were among the participants. They were part of the marathon race for companies, clubs or running groups which could divide up the original route among their team members. Three IMF teams comprised of four runners each ran the entire stretch, whereby each runner took over distances of 6.8 km, 14.5 km, 10.8 km, or 10.1 km.
Polar Space Task Group Meets EOC
09 October 2015
From October 5-9, 2015, the WMO’s Polar Space Task Group (PSTG) and the associated SAR Coordination Working Group (SCWG) met at the Earth Observation Center for their annual meeting. The members of the PSTG are selected from space agencies operating Earth Observations missions which can be used in support of kryospheric research.
First Visit by DLR’s New Executive Board Chairman, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund
07 October 2015
On 6 October 2015 the Earth Observation Center (EOC) was privileged to welcome the new DLR executive board chairman, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund, on her first visit to DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen. After introductory speeches by directors Prof. Richard Bamler and Prof. Stefan Dech about the work being undertaken at the two EOC institutes, Dr. Ehrenfreund gained a first impression of some of the EOC activities on a brief tour.
IMF First Time Football Champions!
18 September 2015
For the first time in a match on 17 September to determine the holder of the championship title in Oberpfaffenhofen, a team from EOC’s Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) was able to rise all the way to the top.
Focus on World Heritage
17 July 2015
Representatives of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, and Technische Universität Wien met at EOC on 14 July 2015 to learn from remote sensing experts about the potential of earth observation for monitoring world heritage sites.
Appointment of DLR Senior Scientist
15 July 2015
Dr. Diego Loyola, a scientist at the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), has been appointed “DLR Senior Scientist” by Mr. Klaus Hamacher and Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner of the executive board. This distinction was conferred on only three DLR scientists in 2015. The formal appointment was made on 22 June 2015 as part of the executive board’s annual Dialogue programme in Köln.
Symposium Environment & Health by Mobile Apps: Air Quality in Urban Areas
14 July 2015
The EOC is engaged in the development of future environmental information services. Within the EU-funded project “obsAIRve Your Business” smart phone apps are developed for the city areas of Paris and Augsburg that highlight the local air quality condition.
Visitors from the Bundestag
10 July 2015
On 9 July 2015 Patricia Lips and Sybille Benning visited the Earth Observation Center (EOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen. They are members of the Bundestag’s Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment.
Finding the Crucial Clues to Climate Change: Federal Minister Hendricks visits Schneefernerhaus Environmental Research Station
06 July 2015
Whoever wants a glimpse of the future of our climate has to cast his eyes upward. Almost into outer space, up some 100 kilometres, at night. Then the consequences of global warming become rapidly evident. For years the Earth Observation Center (EOC) has been monitoring the temperature of the atmosphere at this altitude and analysing the changes—in order to improve climate models and to detect natural disasters early, like flooding, earthquakes and tsunami. The "base camp" for measurements is Germany‘s highest research station, the Schneefernerhaus Environmental Research Station (UFS) on Zugspitze mountain.
20 Years of Atmospheric Monitoring
30 June 2015
Exactly 20 years ago, in summer 1995, DLR received and processed for the first time data from the ERS-2 (European Remote Sensing) the second earth observation Satellite from ESA. A new instrument onboard ERS-2 was GOME (Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment), a relative high resolution spectrometer covering the complete UV, visible and near-infrared spectral regions.
Tracking Icebergs with TerraSAR-X
29 June 2015
The sinking of RMS Titanic seems like an event from the distant past, but still today, over 100 years after the disaster, icebergs continue to endanger shipping between Europe and North America. However, in contrast to earlier years, high-resolution satellite images can now be used to help monitor icebergs drifting in the ocean. In order to warn ships and route planers as rapidly as possible, scientists at DLR’s Earth Observation Center (EOC) have developed a new algorithm that automatically detects the position and size of icebergs in images collected by the TerraSAR-X radar satellite and makes this information available within minutes.
Remote Sensing Time Series – Revealing Land Surface Dynamics
24 June 2015
This month colleagues of DFD published the book “Remote Sensing Time Series – Revealing Land Surface Dynamics” released by Springer. The volume comprises an outstanding variety of chapters on Earth Observation based time series analyses, undertaken to reveal past and current land surface dynamics for large areas. Many chapters are led by scientists from DFD.
From the Arctic via optical fibre connection
12 June 2015
On 12 June 2015 a Canadian delegation visited DFD. The prime minister of the Canadian Northwest Territories, Robert McLeod, two of his ministers, and additional delegation members were informed about the work being undertaken at DFD, particular concerning the employment and potential of the DFD polar receiving stations and applications for the earth observation data they acquire.
Virtual Alpine Observatory Symposium 2015
08 June 2015
Abstracts will be accepted until 31 July 2015 for a Virtual Alpine Observatory Symposium taking place 27-30 October 2015 in Salzburg under the motto “Observe, Understand, Predict”. Fifty partners from Alpine countries—including DLR—participate in the Virtual Alpine Observatory (VAO).
Global Urbanisation: New DFD Reference Work
02 May 2015
Worldwide there is a population flow from the countryside into cities. Huge new urban agglomerations arise, slums grow in the remaining open spaces, and megacities merge into megaregions with over 100 million inhabitants. A global city is highly dynamic. Earth observation technologies are essential for completely mapping such extensive settled landscapes.
2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu
06 May 2015
EOC scientist Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu has been awarded the DFG’s Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for 2015. She received the award at a formal presentation in Berlin on 5 May 2015 from BMBF State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen and the General Secretary of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Dorothee Dzwonnek.
EOC Radar Analysis Reveals Large-scale Ground Displacement Caused by the Nepal Earthquake
30 April 2015
The earthquake of 25 April 2015 caused a shift of several meters in the location of a 90 kilometre long and 30 kilometre wide ribbon of land around Kathmandu according to an analysis by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Scientists at the DLR Earth Observation Center compared archived data for the area with current radar images collected by ESA’s Sentinel-1, a radar satellite.
Joint Research on the Bavarian Forest National Park
24 April 2015
The Bavarian Forest National Park is unique in central Europe. Without human regulatory intervention, natural phenomena like windthrow, insect and fungal infestation, and natural dynamics continuously change the character of this forest. Short- and long-term change over large areas can be adequately monitored and documented only with the help of remote sensing. As of this month, EOC is part of a formal cooperative effort that has the goal of monitoring the national park.
Secretary of the Environment and Consumer Protection at EOC
12 February 2015
Ulrike Scharf, Bavarian State Minister of the Environment and Consumer Protection (StMUV), paid a visit to EOC on 12 Feb. 2015. She was accompanied by Department Head Dr. Christian Barth and members of her ministry. The delegation was received by Prof. Hansjörg Dittus, member of the DLR Executive Board, and by the Director of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Prof. Stefan Dech.
Innovators under 35:
EOC Scientist Wins Technology Review Award
044 February 2015
For the second time, Technology Review has selected Germany’s most innovative minds under 35 years of age. An IMF staff member, Xiaoxiang Zhu, is one of ten prizewinners. With her new 4D modelling approach, moving maps of urban areas can be generated from space with unprecedented precision and resolution based on TerraSAR-X data.
Sentinel-1 Processing and Archiving Center at DFD Now Ready for Operation
26 January 2015
As one of the first institutions in Europe, DFD has now become an official component of the Copernicus Sentinel ground segment. On 22 January 2015 the Sentinel-1 Processing and Archiving Center at DFD passed its Operational Readiness Review and is now free to begin operations.
New “Antarctic” Junior Scientists group at DFD
13 January 2015
The polar regions – particularly the Antarctic – play an exceptional role in global climate With their vast, white, ice and snow covered areas they decisively influence Earth’s radiation balance, and accordingly its energy balance. At the same time they uniquely react to changes in global climate. Now DFD has decided to investigate this timely topic by establishing a junior scientists group for the purpose.
“First Hand Information”
12 January 2015
The first visitor of the New Year from a federal institution was welcomed to EOC already on January 9. Dr. Wolfgang Scheremet, head of Department IV at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, carries responsibility for industrial policy as well as aeronautics and space.
What can we expect from the "Copernicus" earth observation programme?
04 November 2015
With the help of orbiting satellites, Europe’s Copernicus programme makes possible more effective environmental protection and better disaster management. The first satellites in the so-called Sentinel series have been launched. Now application fields need to be developed and their usefulness assessed together with users of this environmental data.
Professorship at Munich Technical University (TUM)
07 July 2015
EOC scientist Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu has been appointed a Professor of Signal Processing for Earth Observation at Munich Technical University (TUM) effective 1 July 2015. Prof. Zhu heads the Signal Analysis group of DLR’s Remote Sensing Technology Institute. Her professorship is in the Engineering Faculty “Bau Geo Umwelt” and is a chair jointly sponsored by DLR and TUM.
Cosmic scarring in radar view
12 June 2015
There are just 188 known meteorite craters worldwide. Some span a mere 10 metres, while others extend across 160 kilometres and are significantly more impressive.
They all share a common history – an object from outer space must hit the Earth travelling at least 11 kilometres per second, or 39,000 kilometres per hour, to leave behind an impact crater. "They can all look very different. Frequently they are aged, or even contain subterranean lakes," says Manfred Gottwald, a Remote Sensing Technology Institute scientist.
Real-Time Acquisition of Sentinel-1 Mission Data at the German Remote Sensing Data Center
08 May 2015
DFD in Neustrelitz was the first station worldwide outside the ESA core ground segment to acquire and process Sentinel-1 data.
The radar data from this Copernicus satellite are being processed in near-real-time and used by DLR’s Maritime Safety Research Department in Neustrelitz and Bremen for such purposes as the automatic detection of ships and oil leaks and to derive wind, wave and ice parameters. The undergirding development work is being co-financed by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
DFD supports the crisis management in Nepal
27 April 2015
The German Joint Information and Situation Centre tasked the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information with the creation of reference maps to help aid organization in their work on the ground.
On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the Himalayan region. Authorities estimate that more than 2000 people were killed and many more injured across Nepal and the neighbouring countries China, India and Bangladesh. The epicentre was located between the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara.
Eruption of Calbuco Volcano in Chile
24 April 2015
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 for the first time in over 42 years sending a plume of ash into the sky. The eruption triggered a Red Alert in the Los Lagos Region of Chile. Thousands of people within a 20 km radius of the volcano have been evacuated. The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' has been activated, where the DLR/ZKI contributes with the delivery of TerraSAR-X and RapidEye data and value added products.
CeBIT 2015: Federal Minister de Maizière visits DLR
16 to 20 March 2015
DLR introduces its ZKI Service for Federal Authorities (ZKI-DE) at the IT trade show CeBIT: Federal Minister Dr. Thomas de Maizière paid a visit to the ZKI exhibition stand on the opening day.
APPATHON at EOC
27 January 2015
On 24 and 25 January an “Appathon” took place at EOC in Oberpfaffenhofen. The goal: development of app-based remote sensing applications.
This competition for the best ideas was organised by the ESA Business Incubator Centre (BIC) and Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). EOC was one of six European venues. The winner in Oberpfaffenhofen was “Malevich”, an App idea for the energy sector. The team is now qualified to participate in the final round at the “Mobile World Congress” in Barcelona.
Live from a powered glider
20 January 2015
Satellites are not always available when up-to-date situation views are required. Live aerial images from powered gliders might be a flexible and promising solution. Under the project leadership of IMF an airborne camera system was tested using a live microwave data transmission link to ground.
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