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Ausgewählte Projekte – laufend
(01/2023 – 12/2027)
The project "Improving the sustainability of food cycles through intelligent (robotic) systems" (iFOODis) contributes to the improvement of sustainable food production by establishing an intelligent robotic monitoring network for the continuous assessment of the state of terrestrial and surface water ecosystems in relation to agricultural activities.
(01/2023 – 12/2025)
In the GEOCON project ("Satellite based geoinformation in urban conflict regions for supporting humanitarian activities") led by DFD-GZS, demand-oriented information products are created for conflict regions, such as Ukraine, in an interactive situation display for humanitarian aid activities.
(01/2022 – 12/2024)
The project "Multimodal Perception and Human-Machine Interfaces of Semi-Autonomous Intelligent Systems for Humanitarian Assistance in Uncertain and Unstructured Environments" (MaiSHU) aims to develop innovative technologies that enable assisted teleoperation of vehicles for humanitarian assistance and delivery of goods in challenging, unstructured environments.
(10/2022 – 09/2024)
In the case of a crisis event, information, also from remote sensing data, is often available quite late and rarely in high spatial resolution. In order to avoid time delays in the future, an "early triggering" approach is being developed in the project " Indicator Monitoring for Early Acquisition of Innovative Satellite Sensors in Natural Disasters".
(03/2022 – 12/2023)
In the ACIS project "Anticipation of Conflicts using Information from Satellites," satellite and geospatial data are being examined for their suitability in predicting conflicts with greater spatial and temporal precision.
(02/2021 – 10/2023)
Artificial Intelligence for analysis and fusion of Earth Observation and internet data to support situational awareness in emergency response
Frequency and intensity of natural disasters are steadily increasing. Authorities and organisations with security tasks (BOS) are facing increasingly greater challenges with regard to the availability and use of near-real-time and large-scale information for assessing the disaster situation. In addition, there are currently no solutions for automated analysis and fusion of heterogeneous big data, such as Earth Observation and internet data, in such a way that a holistic and dynamically updated situation picture is created. AIFER develops artificial intelligence (AI) methods to automatically extract and fuse information from satellite, aerial image and drone data as well as from geo-social media and news.
Ausgewählte Projekte – abgeschlossen
(05/2019 – 05/2022)
The European Union develops capabilities to increase readiness and to contribute to effective crisis management and disaster prevention when needed. It can involve military and non-military measures to address the full spectrum of crises – before, during and after conflicts or disasters. The aim of the project is to develop a technical platform capable of supporting and conducting crisis management, decision making support, disaster response exercises, operational options/alternatives and consequence assessment as well as situational awareness analysis in order to enhance decision-making processes.
(01/2020 – 06/2022)
In a crisis event, humanitarian aid organisations often do not have the latest spatial information at the required scale, which they would urgently need for many decision-making assessments. In the project "Demand-driven Data Services for Humanitarian Aid" (Data4Human), remote sensing data and other data sources are to be analysed in order to identify they possible use in the humanitarian context.
(09/2020 – 12/2022)
The transport of humanitarian goods poses serious problems for NGOs. The drivers of aid transports are exposed to risks from muggings, animal attacks and diseases like malaria or Ebola. In addition, the affected regions often lack sufficient infrastructure for transport, for example in the rough and flood-prone areas of southern Sudan. In the AHEAD project, special off-road vehicles will be teleoperated that can move in terrain that cannot be reached by boats or trucks only.
(05/2017 – 10/2020)
HEIMDALL aims at improving preparedness of societies to cope with complex crisis situations by providing a flexible platform for multi-hazard emergency planning and management, which makes use of innovative technologies for the definition of multi-disciplinary scenarios and response plans, providing integrated assets to support emergency management, such as monitoring, modelling, situation and risk assessment, decision support and communication tools. HEIMDALL fosters data and information sharing among the relevant stakeholders, maximises the accuracy of valuable information and improves population awareness.
(09/2017 – 04/2020)
There are many types of disasters, both man-made and natural, that crisis management (CM) professionals have to deal with today. DRIVER is a unique multi-national project, working across many sectors, looking to find ways to implement a new approach to improving crisis management in Europe. DRIVER is achieving this by establishing a distributed European test-bed for crisis management capability development with proven evaluation methodologies. DRIVER aims to assess and validate innovative, yet practical, crisis management solutions that work, that have been tried and tested, and above all are used for, and by, emergency practitioners.
(2014 – 2018)
The goal of DLR transport research is to devise approaches for convincing solutions to relevant traffic problems. In order to achieve efficient and focused traffic management for large public events and major catastrophes, a reliable system is to be developed to optimize joint decision-making by public authorities, organizations with security responsibilities, and public transport agencies. In the VABENE project, up-to-date traffic information and forecasts will be used for situation assessment, and decision options will be presented with the help of an integrated management and visualization tool. The required data will be obtained in real time through aerial traffic and infrastructure monitoring with the help of optical and radar instruments.
(12/2009 – 12/2012)
LinkER, a Service Contract financed by the EC, is the Preparatory Action intended to support the operational use of GMES Emergency Response Service products across the whole European Union. This goal is being reached through customized tools installed within each national/EC user community, represented by its own National User Focal Point (FP) as well as the EC Focal points in the DG ENV (Civil Protection), DG RELEX (Delegations) and DG ECHO (humanitarian aid). All Focal Points will have direct access to GMES Emergency Response Service products and will be supported to easily integrate them into the respective operational workflows of each Participating State. Both technical and procedural developments will be supported by adequate training and exercises.
(01/2009 – 2012)
The EU SAFER project (Strategies and Actions for Flood Emergency Risk Management) is designed to convert the existing satellite-based emergency mapping system into a routinely operating service (ERCS - Emergency Response Core Service).
(01/2013 – 12/2014)
G-SEXTANT is an FP 7 project within the Copernicus (formerly GMES) framework. The goal is to develop a portfolio of earth observation products and services which first of all meet the needs of the European External Action Service for geospatial information. The focus is on developing options for pre-operational services in defined contexts (such as humanitarian aid, or natural resources in conflict regions), adapting products to meet user requirements, and developing a standardized product portfolio.
(2005 – 2011)
The German concept for establishing a tsunami early warning system for the Indian Ocean makes use of various types of measuring instruments (sensors). In about 90% of all cases a tsunami is caused by an earthquake; other causes are volcanic eruptions and slope collapse. The goal is to obtain the earliest possible indication of a tsunami and its extent by evaluating the measured values of various parameters.
(01/2013 – 06/2015)
The Copernicus (former GMES) FP 7 project G-NEXT builds on the work performed in precursor GMES security and emergency projects like G-MOSAIC, LIMES and SAFER. It aims at providing geospatial products for supporting users of the GMES Security domain in managing situations of complex crises caused by man-made or natural disasters. Such support to the crisis management ranges from pre-crisis or prevention (contingency plans, reference mapping), to the phase soon after the event (event mapping, crisis area mapping, critical assets), and finally to the post event phase (damage assessment and monitoring mode) in general.
(01/2016 – 03/2017)
01/2016 – 03/2017
Ethiopia-Harar SOS Children's Village
More than 1.5 million children and their families in over 130 countries around the world are currently receiving support from the humanitarian relief organisation SOS Children's Villages International. The Department of Geo-Risks and Civil Security at DLR is supporting the organisation to employ Earth Observation technology in developing a comprehensive emergency and disaster management concept. The study focused on disaster preparedness and early warning; emergency mapping; and humanitarian technologies as a whole. Pre-operational Emergency Mapping Services, as well as automated services for satellite based fire and flood information, were developed and tested.
(5/2016 – 4/2018)
The number of forcibly uprooted people rises every year. Humanitarian action as one part of the response to this situation relies on targeted, up-to date and reliable information to handle this challenge. Within precursor activities and a close collaboration with Doctors without Borders (MSF), Z_GIS has started developing Earth-observation (EO) based solutions for the humanitarian sector. The aim of the project EO4HumEn+ is to implement more automated routines to exploit the data stream of e.g. the Sentinel mission, improving the capabilities of EO methods to provide realistic population estimations also in urban areas as well as extend the established service portfolio to the diversifying needs of the humanitarian community, cooperating with a wide range of NGOs including ICRC, the Austrian Red Cross, SOS Children’s Villages, MSF and Groundwater Relief.
(2007 – 2010)
The DeSecure project was initiated by the DLR Space Agency. Its aim is to support satellite based crisis information for users in the German government. The entire production cycle (from data reception, pre-processing and information extraction to data delivery) is being analyzed and improved. Another focus is the integration of German mission data such as from TerraSAR-X and RapidEye in this production cycle. Beyond the generation of satellite-based crisis information the use of RapidEye data in science is being supported.
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