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15.05.2017 | Personalia | GFZ again honored with Euro-Apprenticeship medal

On 4 May the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Potsdam repeatedly after 2015 honored the GFZ with the Euro-Apprenticeship medal.


15.05.2017 | Natural resource exploration using freely accessible satellite data

Up to now, the search for mineral resources has been a complex and therefore cost-intensive undertaking with great entrepreneurial risk. A new, satellite-based procedure called ReSens+ (Resource Sensing) can contribute significantly to increasing the efficiency and quality of searching and prospecting for these resources. It was developed at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and will be presented at the international mining trade fair EXPONOR on May 15 to 19 in Chile and at the DMT mining forum on June 1 and 2 in Berlin. ReSens+ is the result of research included in the EnMAP satellite mission (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) and is available as a service immediately.


11.05.2017 | Interview | Martin Hammitzsch – „Understanding software as part of the infrastructure“

The software engineer and scientist Martin Hammitzsch contributed to the development of early warning systems for natural hazards. Together with colleagues he organizes software workshops for young scientists since 2015. We talk to him about the relevance of software within the geosciences, current developments, and challenges.


08.05.2017 | Improving embankment dam safety – A satellite supported feasibility study

Embankment dams are built to form water reservoirs, to supply hydro power stations or for flood control. Depending on the volume of water stored the dams are exposed to enormous hydraulic pressure. Due to this, about ten severe damages occur globally within a decade. An international team of three scientists from Iran and Germany with the participation of Mahdi Motagh, GFZ section Remote Sensing, now demonstrated how the monitoring of embankment dams can be improved by satellite data, at the example of the Masjed-Soleyman dam in Iran.


05.05.2017 | Personalia | GFZ Prize for Senior Scientists awarded to Sebastian Hainzl

Every year the GFH honors outstanding scientists with the GFZ Prize for Senior Scientists. The Senior Scientist Price for 2016 is awarded to Sebastian Hainzl, GFZ section Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Anja Maria Schleicher GFZ section Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry, is awarded with the price for young scientists.


02.05.2017 | Berliner Energietage: Schwerpunkt Wärmewende und Geothermie

Presseinformation | Vom 3. bis 5. Mai finden die Berliner Energietage 2017 statt, die sich dem Stand und den künftigen Herausforderungen der Energiewende widmen. Die Leitveranstaltung zu diesem Thema in Deutschland findet statt im Ludwig-Erhard-Haus (Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin) und bietet zahlreiche Fachveranstaltungen. Dazu gehört die Session „Der Mensch gestaltet die Zukunft – Energiewende als Baustein für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung“, die das Deutsche GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) im Rahmen des vom BMBF finanzierten Forschungsvorhabens Zwanzig20 – Forum Wärmewende veranstaltet.


28.04.2017 | Report | Freely available satellite data for industry and authorities

Satellite data have an enormous potential for commercial users and authorities. For instance, they are useful in farming, monitoring of building projects or mapping of changes in urban areas. The Copernicus Programme of the European Commission provides freely available remote-sensing data for those applications. To improve exchange of data and relevant information, so-called Copernicus Relays have been established. The Relay responsible for the North-Eastern part of Germany is located in Potsdam. It was founded by GEOkomm (Association of the Geoinformation Industry Berlin/Brandenburg) and the GFZ.

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