Environment, Energy & Health Challenge
DLR is looking for innovative ideas that use Earth observation data to drive the sustainable management of our limited natural resources and foster human well-being. In addition to using Copernicus data and other Earth observation satellite data, participants are encouraged to supplement their ideas with other sources of data, such as information generated by crowd-sourcing, social media or in-situ measurements. Ideas should support professionals working in these areas, inform the public, or empower public authorities to take action and solve issues on a local, national, or global scale.
Areas of particular interest to DLR are:
- Environmental Management: Identifying environmental issues and managing natural resources
- Sustainable Resource Management: Monitoring and improving the use of natural resources, as well as generation, distribution, or consumption of energy
- Health Promotion: Identifying, monitoring and / or providing solutions for negative environmental factors affecting human health
- EUR 5,000 cash prize
- Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by EC)
Submissions to DLR Environment, Energy & Health Challenge will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Benefit for society: Does the idea foster human wellbeing, health and/or sustainable resource management?
- Copernicus relevance: How significant is the use of sentinel satellite data for realisation of the idea?
- Innovation: Is the idea new?
- User acceptance: Is the idea of practical use to users or the general public?
- Feasibility: Is the idea feasible?
The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) comprises the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF). The EOC works in all fields related to the development of algorithms and data analysis systems, as well as in the practical implementation of Earth observation applications and services – from satellite data reception and near-real-time services to disaster monitoring and environmental mapping. As such, the EOC is involved in many aspects of Copernicus’s design, implementation, and operations. In determining the focal points of its research, DLR is to a large extent guided by the demand for innovative products and services developed in close cooperation with industry entities. It also invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to partners for their own use.