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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:


Image of Christian FischerChristian Fischer

Christian Fischer obtained a Diploma Degree in Physical Geography, Hydrology and Soil Science from the Leibniz University in Hannover in 1995. He joined the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Mine Surveying (IGMC) at Clausthal University of Technology and worked on different R&D projects for the German hard coal mining company Deutsche Steinkohle AG (DSK). Projects included application development based on high resolution optical data from various space borne and airborne sensor systems and integration of digital photogrammetric measurement techniques for high resolution DEM generation into the data processing workflow of the Dept. of Geoinformation and Engineering Surveying at DSK (1995 to 2001). After he obtained a PhD he became Assistant Professor for Remote Sensing at IGMC. Projects have been granted from various organizations and from industry, including Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), DSK and AiF, the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations.

He has more than 10 years of experience in projects related to environmental monitoring tasks in mining regions, using especially hyperspectral remote sensing data and GIS. He joined national and international projects and hyperspectral flight campaigns (e.g. MINEO, HySens).

In 2006 Christian joined the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and is now with the team of Applied Spectroscopy, part of the Land Surface Dept. at the German Remote Sensing Data Center. He was Project Coordinator on the German side of the Sino-German Research Initiative on spontaneous coal fires in China and as a Senior Scientist he coordinates DLR’s engagement in national and international projects, focusing on application development for environmental monitoring and natural resource management tasks.

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.

Image of Christopher EhrlerChristoph Ehrler

Christoph Ehrler received a Diploma degree in Geoinformatics from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of TU Bergakademie Freiberg in 2009. He joined the Sino-German Coal Fire research project at the German Aerospace Center as a research associate working on subsurface coal fire detection and quantification using thermal satellite imagery and energy balance modeling. In 2010 Christoph Ehrler joined the Applied Spectroscopy Team, part of the Land Surface Department at the German Remote Sensing Data Center where he started his PhD studies. He is now focusing on integrating airborne hyperspectral remote sensing data of the reflective and emissive domain to support material detection and distribution mapping in mining environments. His current fields of research are atmospheric preprocessing, hyperspectral airborne data analysis for mineral resources mapping, mineral extractive industry environmental impact analysis and temperature emissivity separation.

Image of Gregoire KerrGrégoire Kerr

Grégoire Kerr received a 'Mater’s degree in Engineering' from the SUPAERO (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique de l’Espace - ISAE), an aerospace higher education and research institution located in Toulouse, with focus on image processing and spaceborne systems and a MSc in Applied Mathematics from the Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse). He is currently a PhD student within the German Aerospace Center, where he works on error propagation and quality assessments for hyperspectral imaging systems. The PhD research targets on validation procedures to assure high-quality EO products and derived spatial information.