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Competition: Earth Observation Data Applications for Energy and the Environment
22 April 2014
Since 2011 the "Copernicus Masters" competition has been awarding prizes for outstanding ideas, applications and business models for the innovative use of earth observation data for commercial purposes and projects to benefit society at large. Companies, startups, researchers and students can submit their ideas from now until 13 July 2014. In the category "Energy & Environmental Challenge" the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is looking for the best idea for an application in the area of environment and climate. The DLR winner will receive a prize of 5,000 euro.
Formal Opening of Maritime Safety Research Department in Neustrelitz
28 March 2014
Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, officially opened the Maritime Safety Research Department at the DLR facilities in Neustrelitz on 27 March 2014. The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) collaborates here with the DLR Institute of Communication and Navigation (IKN) on safe shipping and protecting oceans and coastal waters. DFD aims to generate customized information products from satellite data in near-real-time. The necessary algorithms are developed by scientists of the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) working at the Maritime Safety Research Department in Bremen.
EOC Ready for Data Stream from Sentinel Satellites
10 March 2014
The first earth observation satellite of the Sentinel series is still on the ground, but it and its followers will soon be delivering enormous amounts of data. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) will be ready. The ESA Processing and Archiving Centre (PAC) in Oberpfaffenhofen is linked up with the Copernicus Wide Area Network (WAN). This makes possible rapid and reliable high-speed access to the satellite data for the PAC at DLR. The Sentinel satellites complement the space components of Europe’s Copernicus programme – formerly Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).
ZKI at CeBIT
10 March 2014
The Center for satellite-based crisis information (ZKI) of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) is present at the CeBIT exhibition from 10th – 14th of March 2014. ZKI, as part of the booth of the Federal Ministry of Interior (BMI), especially provides insights to the national service ZKI-DE. On Monday the 10th, the first day of the CeBIT exhibition, the Federal Minister of the Interior Dr. Thomas de Maizière visited the ZKI booth on his exhibition walkabout and was informed by DLR CEO Professor Johann-Dietrich Wörner and Director of the German Remote Sensing Data Center Professor Stefan Dech about the recent developments of ZKI.
Virtual Alpine Observatory: Unique Climate Research Network
07 March 2014
How will the climate evolve? What effects will that have on particular regions? Changes can be monitored especially rapidly and distinctly at high altitudes. In the atmosphere above high mountain regions climate researchers can accordingly find good indicators of global climate change trends. Alpine high-altitude research stations in Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany have now joined in an international network, the "Virtual Alpine Observatory" (VAO).
Eruption of the Indonesian volcano Kelut: EOC measures trace gases in near-real-time
17 February 2014
After increased seismic activity in the past few weeks, the volcano Kelut erupted at about 10:50 pm local time on 13 February 2013. EOC was able to record the emitted trace gases and their distribution in near-real-time.
German-Norwegian Cooperation in Earth Observation
12 February 2014
DLR’s German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) company, Norway, will collaborate even more closely in the future. On 10 February 2014 a corresponding memorandum of understanding was signed in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich.
Heat with Straw for 13 Years — First Estimate of Global Bioenergy Potential for Straw
4 February 2014
DFD scientists have determined for the first time the global bioenergy potential of straw, which could meet Germany’s heating needs for 13 years. The availability of biomass, particularly in the form of so-far unused waste straw from agricultural acreage, is a central indicator for calculating the net energy yield of renewable energy resources.
Remote Sensing Peak
15 January 2014
Ten years of planning, ten years of travel, 2.5 years of deep sleep and nine million kilometres still to go before reaching the goal. Cross your fingers on Monday, 20 January at 11:00 a.m.! That’s when four alarm clocks go off at once to wake up Rosetta, eight hundred million kilometres away. One of the most exciting space missions then enters the home stretch. And the EOC role?
On behalf of DLR, DFD‘s Science Communication and Visualization unit developed, filmed and animated a short film about the mission – Part 1: “Chasing a Comet”.
Help from Space - TerraSAR-X maps pack ice
8 January 2014
For ten days, 74 scientists and tourists were firmly stuck in the Antarctic on board the Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy. Strong winds had driven ice floes into a bay and blocked the ship. Near-real-time data from EOC helped those on the spot to evaluate the situation.
Fastest glacier in Greenland – DLR satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X identify speed record
03 February 2014
Since the 1990s, Jakobshavn Isbræ has been regarded as the fastest moving glacier in Greenland. According to studies carried out by researchers from the University of Washington and the Earth Observation Center, its speed is now increasing dramatically, with record figures for 2012 and 2013. High spatial and temporal resolution data acquired by the German radar satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X enabled very precise calculations of its speed. The results of the study will be released in the print version of 'The Cryosphere', an international scientific journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), on 7 February 2014.
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