DLR Environmental Challenge

Do you have an innovative application idea for mapping the environment and climate using Earth observation data? Then make sure to take a look at this year's DLR Environmental Challenge for your chance to win a voucher for a workshop or initial coaching from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which can support you in the further development of your idea. To find out more about the challenge; the prize sponsor, DLR; and what's become of last year's winner, simply read on!
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DLR is looking for new applications in Earth observation, especially proposals that involve mapping the environment and climate. Ideas for using Earth observation to manage sustainable supplies of energy are also welcome. In addition to any kind of non-satellite geoinformation, proposals should be based on existing or imminent data from Earth observation satellites that is available either free of charge or under commercial terms. The products or services made possible by the ideas submitted should support the general public, consumer-oriented markets, or professionals from companies or other organisations in analysing the environment. Both regional and global applications and services will be considered. Innovative ways to link services and users are especially encouraged. The ideas should also describe realistic scenarios for their implementation that involve either the general public or commercial benefits.

The winner will receive a voucher for a workshop or initial coaching based on what the further realisation of their idea requires.

Please note that in order to determine the winner of the DLR Environmental Challenge, three to five finalists may be contacted via email/phone during the week of 24-28 September.

To submit your business idea, please visit www.gmes-masters.com before 16 September 2012.


The Earth Observation Center (EOC) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which consists of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), is the centre of competence for Earth observation in Germany.
GMES is a joint initiative of the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA). It exists to establish and make available routine geoinformation services for environmental monitoring and civil security based on existing and forthcoming Earth observation technologies. These services are tailored to meet the needs of users and focus primarily on the environment, climate protection, sustainable development, humanitarian aid, and security. The EOC also aids in defining, establishing, and operating all of the components of GMES by contributing expertise and systems related to integrated ground segments, information technology, and geoinformation applications at the national and European levels.


Will Aicken and Richard Seaby of British Serco Ltd. won the 2011 DLR Environmental Challenge for EOPPAD (Earth Observation of Power Plant Aquatic Discharges), a service that uses GMES and related satellite data sources to assess environmental impacts associated with the discharge of cooling water from thermal power plants (TTPs) back into rivers, lakes, and oceans.
EOPPAD has since received support from DLR to explore the idea further. "Currently, DLR and myself are looking at very high-resolution infrared imagery from the DLR small satellite mission "BIRD" (Bi-spectral Infrared Detection). This satellite was dedicated to hotspot detection and investigation from space, and could be useful for detecting thermal power station cooling water discharges into coastal and land-based water bodies," explains Will Aicken. Another source of potentially useful data that will be examined is the TET-1 satellite, which is involved in a DLR verification mission scheduled for launch in June 2012. This satellite will also have high-resolution infrared sensors on board. In conjunction with infrared imagery, the team is looking at possible synergies between EOPPAD and other water-quality monitoring services related to GMES.


22 to 27 July IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Remote Sensing for a Dynamic Earth
Munich, Germany
30 July to 10 August Earth Observation Summer School on Earth System Monitoring & Modeling
Frascati, Italy
10 to 12 September ESA Investment Readiness Programme
Harwell, UK
11 to 16 September ILA Berlin Air Show
Berlin, Germany
24 to 28 September Evaluation meeting of DLR Environmental Challenge -
Finalists will be contacted via email/phone
24 to 29 September 20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry
Venice, Italy
9 to 11 October Intergeo
Hanover, Germany
16 October 2nd edition of the FP7 Space Conference
Larnaca, Cyprus
16-17 October ESA Investment Forum
Toulouse, France
25 October GMES Masters Awards Ceremony
Munich, Germany

The GMES Masters is an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and T-Systems and is supported by the European Union, European Space Imaging GmbH, and Astrium Services.

To learn everything else about the GMES Masters competition, please visit www.gmes-masters.com.
For further information on the GMES programme, please refer to www.esa.int/gmes and www.ec.europa.eu/gmes.


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