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The German Aerospace Center (DLR)

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space and responsible for the forward planning and the implementation of the German space program by the German federal government as well as for the international representation of German interests. Approximately 5,300 people are employed in DLR’s 28 institutes and facilities at eight locations and thereby it is the largest research establishment for engineering sciences in Germany. Its scientific-technical expertise is in four main research areas: aerospace, aeronautics, energy and transport.

The Remote Sensing Technology Institute (MF) and the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) are at the focal point of the remote sensing activities of the DLR. DFD develops products and system solutions for applications related to the environment, security and geoinformation (GIS), with an emphasis on agriculture, soil science, forestry, land degradation, planning, mega cities and ecological cartography.

The Imaging Spectrocopy (IS) team of the DFD DLR located at Oberpfaffenhofen will be actively involved. This group disposes of different hyperspectral airborne sensors, access to a fleet of research aircraft, sensor calibration facilities and complete data processing chains. For the last 10 years, DLR has been using these facilities to carry out successful hyperspectral flight campaigns all over Europe, e.g., in the frame of the EU-funded project HySens or the ESA-funded DAISEX campaigns. From 2010 onwards, a new advanced reflective and thermal hyperspectral instrument (ARES) will be operated by DLR. As a future perspective,
the German spaceborne hyperspectral EnMAP mission is currently in project phase B. Form the planned launch in 2011 onwards, the joint GFZ and DLR initiative will provide high quality spectroscopic data on a global scale.

Base for application oriented projects carried out in the group are the profound knowledge of the spectral signatures of natural and man-made surfaces, which have been continuously broadened by laboratory and field spectroradiometric measurements.


Key persons involved:

Christian Fischer

Senior Scientist at DLR, German Remote Sensing Data Center and Project Coordinator of the Sino-German Research Initiative on Spontaneous Coal Fires in China.
Christian has more than 10 years of experience in projects related to of environmental monitoring using especially hyperspectral remote sensing data and GIS.

Andreas Müller

Head of team ‘Imaging Spectroscopy’ at DLR, German Remote Sensing Data Center.
Andreas has 15 years of experience in processing and evaluation of airborne hyperspectral and
multispectral scanner data (GERIS, DAIS 7915, DAEDALUS), atmospheric / geometric correction, and digital filtering.