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One week ago, on the 9th of December, the EAGLE students and lecturer Christopher Conrad made their ways from Würzburg all the way down to Oberpfaffenhofen to visit the DLR-EOC. The aim of the excursion was to show the students the working environment of the collaborating institute of the EAGLE Master, the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) within the Earth Observation Center at the DLR. Together with the students from the Global Change Ecology program, we were invited by the EOC to listen to several presentations and to explore the German Space Operations Center (GSOC), located in the Insitute of Astronaut Training and Space  Operations. Talks were held by DLR staff from different working groups such as the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI). The following topcis had been presented:

  • Welcome and DLR overview (Doris Klein)
  • Forest Cover Loss in Paraguay and Ecosystem Service Approaches (Emmanuel Da Ponte)
  • Mapping natural resources using imaging spectroscopy (Stefanie Holzwarth)
  • German Space Operations Center (GSOC)
  • Remote sensing for the support of humanitarian aid (Konstanze Lechner)
  • Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) (Alexander Mager)
  • Earth observation with SAR (Birgit Wessel)
  • The century of the cities – Monitoring the transformation of the global urban environment using EO-data (Hannes Taubenböck)
  • Movement and behavior modes of white storks in relation to settlement patterns and structures (Ines Standfuss)
  • Air pollution in megacities (Thilo Erbertseder)


The day at the DLR was an interesting experience for the EAGLE students. We got an overview on a variety of applications of remote sensing and how the knowledge we gain in the program will be applied in research. For sure, some of us will come back to the DLR-EOC for an internship within the next years. We thank the DLR for inviting us and everyone who prepared a presentation: you made us develop the taste for it! [written by Sarah Nolting]