The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) is an institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich and in Neustrelitz in the state of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. DFD and DLR’s Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) together comprise the Earth Observation Center EOC, which has become a center of competence for earth observation in Germany.
DFD supports science and industry as well as the general public. With its national and international receiving stations DFD offers direct access to data from earth observation missions, derives information products from the raw data, disseminates these products to users, and safeguards all data in the National Remote Sensing Data Library (D-SDA) for long term use. Its geoscience research related to the atmosphere, global change and civil security facilitates access to products and approaches based on remote sensing and consolidates their utilization in scientific and commercial domains. DFD operates thematic user services, in particular the World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmospheric (WDC-RSAT), and the Center for Satellite-based Crisis Information (ZKI).
Core competence of DFD
DFD provides opportunities for the next generation of scientists by offering internships as well as jobs for diploma, Master’s, and PhD candidates and guest scientists. Networking with universities is stimulated through comprehensive institutional cooperation with universities in Würzburg (terrestrial ecosystems) and Augsburg (atmosphere). To a high extent the activities of DFD are international and focused on long-term research cooperation with global partners.
The German Remote Sensing Data Center has ISO 9001 certification.
Departments of DFD:
Dipl. Geophys. Gunter Schreier is responsible for business development and the coordination of Copernicus activities. The Controlling department (headed by Hans-Henning Voß) provides central services for both EOC institutes.
The director of DFD holds a chair for remote sensing at the Department of Geography at Würzburg University (local proxy is Prof. Dr. C. Conrad). The resident working group is deeply involved in DFD research and development activities.