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BLOG: Flight campaign on the Aletsch Glacier
21 September 2021
The Aletsch Glacier is a glacier of superlatives. With a length of over 22 kilometers and a thickness of up to 900 meters, it is the largest glacier in the Alps. One fifth of the total ice mass in Switzerland is stored by the Aletsch Glacier alone. Of course, climate change is not leaving the Aletsch Glacier unscathed. How has snow cover changed in the Aletsch-Jungfrau region in recent decades? How much mass does the glacier lose per year? For two weeks at the beginning of September, a DLR team will use high-resolution aerial images and various satellite sensors to get to the bottom of these and other questions as part of the Polar Monitor project.
BLOG: Happy Birthday, DFD!
On September 1, 1980 – 40 years ago today – the German Remote Sensing Data Center DFD began work on “Mission Remote Sensing” as an independent DLR entity. In August 1980 the executive board of what was then called the "German Test and Research Institute for Aviation and Space Flight" (DFVLR) decided to establish a new institute. Initially named "Applied Data Technology", it was placed under the leadership of Prof. Winfried Markwitz.
Today, DFD is a component of DLR's Earth Observation Center EOC, and its 40th birthday joins two other important anniversaries in 2020: the 20th anniversary of the Remote Sensing Technology Institute IMF and of EOC as a whole.
BLOG: World Settlement Footprint - Where do humans live?
by Mattia Marconcini; 09 September 2020
After three years of meticulous data processing and comprehensive quality control, the World Settlement Footprint 2015 is now available. With a resolution of 10 metres, the new world map reveals settlement structures on Earth in 2015.
BLOG: With Agulhas II into "perennial ice": progress report
It began toward the end of September 2019 in a discussion with Dr. Christine Wesche of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The idea of using a supply trip by the icebreaker S.A. Agulhas II to the AWI Antarctic station to conduct some research at the same time evolved in a few weeks with the support of DLR, AWI, and not least also my family, into a concrete plan....
BLOG: Larsen C - TerraSAR-X observes breakup of the iceberg
25 July 2017
We have read a lot in the media in the last few days about the huge iceberg that has come loose on the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. The fact that iceberg break-offs from ice shelves are natural occurrences and that they occur again and again in the Antarctic was correctly presented in the media reports.
BLOG: The TIDEx Campaign on Darwin Glacier
26 October 2016
The cryosphere is an important part of “System Earth”. An understanding of ice and snow is of paramount interest in a period when global climate change has become a hot topic. Today, space-borne sensors deliver global views of the polar regions. When combined with measurements from field campaigns, they provide us with an in-depth knowledge of the cryosphere in a changing environment. Together with partners from New Zealand, our colleague Dana Floricioiu stays at the Darwin glacier in the Transantarctic Mountains. In a field campaign, lasting for six weeks, measurements will reveal relevant parameters of this glacier. The results achieved permit to understand how such outlet glaciers behave in detail and help to interpret space-borne data acquired over that region.
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