21 October 2020Satellitendatenauswertungen zeigen das räumliche Ausmaß der Wald- und Buschbrände am höchsten Berg Afrikas sowie deren zeitliche Entwicklung.Auch sind Analysen und Aussagen hinsichtlich des Verbrennungsgrades der Biomasse möglich. Vergleiche mit den katastrophalen Ereignissen in Australien (Ende 2019, Anfang 2020) sowie den verheerenden Waldbränden in Kalifornien der vergangenen Wochen drängen sich auf.
21 October 2020We were hardly used to our new roles when new structural adversities threatened. The Executive Board established a structure commission spanning individual institutes and physical locations to evaluate the two fields “earth observation” and “communication/navigation”.
19 October 202040 years German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), 20 years Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), 20 years Earth Observation Center (EOC)
19 October 2020Personal reflections on the 20th anniversary of the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) by Richard BamlerIn the last two years, all research in the Helmholtz Association has been subjected to extensive scientific and strategic evaluation. Our program topic Earth Observation received the highest marks in all evaluation points. I am happy to quote the statement of the evaluation spokesperson: "Earth Observation is actually a diamond in the crown [of DLR's Space Program]". An important criterion for success is our system capability, i.e. the scientific and technological mastery of the entire chain from sensor and mission development and operation to geoscientific research.
19 October 2020The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) turns 40 years old. DFD has been receiving and analyzing images from earth observation satellites since 1980. More than 21 terabytes of data are processed and processed there daily. Today, the German Satellite Data Archive (D-SDA) established by DFD provides access to 29 petabytes of remote sensing data from four decades. The data volume corresponds to video material with a lifetime of more than 800 years.
16 October 2020Any look back can easily be influenced by the vantage point of one’s own activities and perceptions. For that reason I want to first mention in Part 2 some additional fundamental decisions about the future course of DFD that continue to have an effect up to the present.