News

[June 04, 2019]

TerraSAR-X / TanDEM-X Science Team Meeting

The Microwaves and Radar Institute and the German Remote Sensing Data Center are pleased to invite you to the TerraSAR-X / TanDEM-X Science Team Meeting 2019 that will be held from Monday October 21st to Thursday October 24th, 2019 at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen.

Please note!!! The deadline for abstracts submission is June 21, 2019.

[May 06, 2019]

Global TanDEM-X forest map is available

Forests are Earth's lungs; they help to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and thus counteract global warming, while also providing protection and resources for humans, animals and plants – and they are being lost at an alarming rate. As the view from space reveals, forests cover about one third of Earth’s landmass today. More than half of the world’s forests, which have fallen victim to deforestation since the middle of the 20th century in particular, have already been lost. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has created a special dataset to monitor, assess, and protect the current state and development of this green organ with precision – the global TanDEM-X Forest/Non-Forest Map. [full article]

[March 13, 2019]

Waves on the ice – Canadian 'ice road' trucks in TanDEM-X's 'radar eye'

Ice road truckers in Canada – symbolically 'at the end of the world' – with their massive trucks travelling over the frozen lakes in the Canadian northwest, are well known around the world thanks to numerous TV programmes. The ice roads are open for only a few weeks per year. During this time, thousands of tonnes of freight are moved across these 'ice highways', as the frozen lakes in winter act as seasonal roads and provide an effective and economical way to reach remote communities and businesses in the coldest regions. [full article]

[February 01, 2019]

Glacier retreat in Antarctica – innovative radar technologies enable improved predictions

Thwaites Glacier, one of the most fragile glaciers in western Antarctica, is melting inexorably into the Amundsen Sea at an ever-increasing rate. Until now, it has been responsible for approximately four percent of the global rise in sea level and will cause the oceans to rise by over 65 centimetres in future as its remaining ice melts. With the German radar satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X, it is now possible, for the very first time, to observe Thwaites Glacier and other polar regions at regular intervals, with high resolution and in three dimensions. [full article]

[October 08, 2018]

Global 3D elevation model from the TanDEM-X mission now freely available

The 90-metre TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model has been released for scientific use and is now available as a global dataset. By providing this data, the German Aerospace Center follows the EU data policy under the Copernicus Earth observation programme, which encourages free and open access to satellite data. [full article]