21. Januar 2022It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our former colleague and long-time department head at DFD, Hon. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Winter. After an initial stint at the Institute of Communications Engineering, Rudolf Winter became the first head of the Remote Sensing Division in the newly founded Department of Applied Data Science (WT-DA) in 1980.
19 January 2022On Saturday, January 15, 2022 the volcano "Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha‘apai" on the island state of Tonga erupted in a powerful explosion at around 5:15 Central European Time. Enormous amounts of sulphur dioxide (SO2), almost 0.4 Mt, were ejected in the process and distributed over a large part of the atmosphere. Since that time the Sentinel-5P (S5P) measurements operationally processed at EOC continue recording the subsequent volcanic emissions.
18 January 2022On Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 at 5:15 o’clock Central European Time an enormous explosion caused by the submarine volcano Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha‘apai profoundly shocked the South Pacific island state of Tonga. The detonation could even be heard in New Zealand, over 2,300 kilometres away. In Oberpfaffenhofen, Bavaria, EOC measuring instruments also recorded the volcano’s shock wave, which spread over the entire planet at a velocity of more than 1,000 kilometres per hour. Tidal waves followed, extending as far as the coasts of South America. Research underway at EOC has the goal to provide early warning of tsunami.
12 January 2022Wolf volcano on the island of Isabela, which is one of the Galápagos islands, erupted last Friday (January 7, 2022). The data from Europe’s Copernicus satellite Sentinel-5P that were processed by EOC show significant sulphur dioxide emissions (up to 9,000 tons) at altitudes up to 4 km coming from the eruption. The SO2 cloud is currently spreading westward over the Pacific Ocean. The volcano is the highest summit on Isabela island and the highest mountain of the Galápagos islands. Among other animals, very rare, rose-coloured iguanas, of which only a few specimens exist, live on the slopes of this volcano.
18 November 2021An EOC-led consortium of 15 European partners was commissioned by the Copernicus Climate Change Service to generate for two-and-a-half more years time series of data on atmospheric ozone, aerosol particles and the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane. This satellite-collected data allows systematic, global monitoring as well as regional comparisons.
12. November 2021Flood disasters require rapid intervention by crisis response teams and rapid information about affected areas. This is now provided by a freely available flood service developed for the European Commission in a consortium with the participation of the EOC.
27 September 2021
On Sunday, September 19 at 15.12 o’clock local time (14:12 UTC), Cumbre Vieja, a volcano located in El Paso municipality on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, started to erupt. As soon as eruption began, Europe’s Sentinel-5 Precursor (S5P) satellite detected and recorded the resulting sulphur dioxide (SO2) cloud forming over the islands The S5P measurements are continuously processed at EOC and thereby constantly reveal the volcanic emissions as they evolve.