Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center)

The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) is an institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich and Neustrelitz in the state of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. DFD and DLR's Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) together comprise the Earth Observation Center (EOC), which has become a center of competence for earth observation in Germany. The research and development work being undertaken by the Civil Crisis Information and Geo-risks Department of the DFD has the goal of developing thematically relevant information products based on earth observation data, integrating them into IT systems, and operating and continuously optimizing customized user services. The focus is on supporting the entire disaster management cycle in cases of environmental and natural threats, humanitarian crisis situations, and civil security emergencies. The technical work includes developing new analytical methodologies for working with remote sensing data, using and further developing geoinformation technologies, developing thematic remote sensing processors and monitoring systems, vulnerability and risk modeling, and designing and establishing crisis information and early warning systems. The department's activities are integrated into national, European and international cooperative efforts and are closely coordinated with the relevant user institutions.


With regards to the SENSUM project, DLR has its main competence in work package 6 "Accuracy Assessment and Cross-Validation". Within this work package, methodologies developed and applied in the project, such as the sampling schemes of in-situ data collection, will be statistically cross-validated. Beyond this, the accuracy of the resulting mapping products and in-situ sensed data will be assessed using data from field campaigns and high-resolution remote sensing. A wider conceptual framework to assess SENSUM product accuracy by the use of spatial as well as punctual reference data sets, including existing data sets such as Copernicus(formerly GMES) products or volunteered geographical information, will be developed. Overall, the main aim of this work package is to systematically integrate SENSUM products into existing operational map products, while evaluating and documenting the capabilities and limitations of the new base maps.


Specific role in SENSUM:

Work Package Lead WP6; Participant in WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5.



The DLR SENSUM team.  Left: Hannes Taubenböck, Middle: Christian Geiß, Right: Martin Klotz.