Earth Observation Center (EOC) at DLR

The Earth Observation Center (EOC) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) consists of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) and is the center of competence for earth observation in Germany.  The EOC conducts research in the field of remote sensing in order to find solutions to global challenges, including the environment and climate, mobility and planning, prevention and management of natural catastrophes, and civil security. 


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TUM and DLR launch Future Lab for Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation

Global 3D model of urban areas, generated using TanDEM-X Satellite data. Sophisticated AI procedures are used. Image: DLR/ TUM.

The Munich Technical University (TUM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have launched a new initiative focussing on the development of artificial intelligence technologies in Earth observations. The Future Lab “Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation: Reasoning, Uncertainties, Ethics and Beyond” (AI4EO) aims to use satellite data and Big Data analyses to create models of global urbanization, food supplies and disaster management. AI4EO was launched in May 2020.


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Tue, 16/06/2020 - 13:41

A new information system for disaster management in the Andean region supports risk analysis

The RIESGOS project (Spanish for “risks”) is an initiative from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and other project partners to develop a multi-risk information system. The purpose of this project is to improve the information base for natural disaster management and develop strategies to avoid or mitigate risks. This will improve the understanding of risks and predict interdependencies during major emergencies. A prototype of the system is being developed for the Andean region in Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

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Wed, 03/01/2018 - 16:29

PHAROS – successful demonstration of a system solution for disaster management during forest fires in Catalonia

Catalonia Forest Fire. Image courtesy of jordi_martos Pixabay website

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) has developed a system called PHAROS (Project on a Multi-Hazard Open Platform for Satellite Based Downstream Services) to support crisis managers, operation managers and relief workers during disaster response operations. This system collects and shares data to various crisis tasks forces and has been sponsored for three years under the EU’s 7th Framework Program for Research and Technical Development (2007-2013). It also includes several partners from DLR y and other European institutes.


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Fri, 20/05/2016 - 08:38

DLR Climate Change Conference 2016 inaugurated

DLR Conference on Climate Change 2016

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) inaugurated the DLR Conference on Climate Change 2016 to provide a discussion forum on the considerable challenges in atmospheric climate research, on ways in which space and atmospheric research can support the requirements of climate protection and to identify tools and methods for a continuous monitoring process to ensure adherence to climate change agreements.  The Conference, conducted in collaboration with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, (UNOOSA), has brought together more than seventy international scientists from rese


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Tue, 05/04/2016 - 23:20

DLR Conference on Climate Change 2016

Climate change is more and more recognized as the defining challenge of our times, as societies around the world are becoming aware of the potentially irreversible consequences of climate change if nothing is done to mitigate it.

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Thu, 10/12/2015 - 10:03

Satellite Data shows Nepal earthquake displacement

Nepal Earthquake Displacement (Image: DLR)

An image based on satellite data from the European Sentinel-1A satellite shows how and where the land uplifted and sank from the 7.8-magnitute earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. Using satellite data generated before and after the earthquake, experts at the German Aerospace Center’s Earth Observation Center (EOC) created the image showing the different movements of the zones.


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Mon, 04/05/2015 - 14:11

Germany to launch microsatellite to detect forest fires

Microsatellites TET-1 and BIROS

In October 2015, Germany will launch the Berlin Infrared Optical System (BIROS), a microsatellite capable of monitoring forest fires from Space. The microsatellite was partly developed by the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems in Berlin of the German Aerospace Agency (DLR). BIROS will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India.

As part of the FIREBIRD mission, with its on-board infrared camera on board, BIROS will link up with TET-1 for accurate, timely detection of forest fires. TET-1 is previous German microsatellite, which was sent into space in 2012.


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Wed, 18/02/2015 - 11:28

SAR-EDU: New web platform for radar remote sensing education

SAR-EDU, a new web platform for radar remote sensing education has been recently launched. SAR-EDU is a joint education initiave for Radar Remote Sensing, conducted and coordinated by Friedrich-Schiller University Jena and the German Aerospace Center DLR. It includes 62 learning units on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)-based remote sensing.

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Mon, 26/01/2015 - 10:44

UN-SPIDER strengthens Universal Access to the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters

On 16 October, Luc St-Pierre, Coordinator of UN-SPIDER, presented via teleconference the 2014 report of activities of UNOOSA in support to the International Charter: Space and Major Disaster (International Charter) during the Charter Board Meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The report highlighted the actions taken by UNOOSA and UN-SPIDER in promoting the Charter's Universal Access initiative, started in September 2012.

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Mon, 20/10/2014 - 13:20

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