Applications are now open for the DLR Environment, Energy & Health Challenge to look for innovative solutions that use Earth observation data to support the sustainable management of our limited natural resources and foster human well-being.
In the light of global change, pandemics as well as climate change a sustainable management of our planets resources is more important than ever. DLR is looking for innovative solutions to achieve this goal.
The Earth Observation Center (EOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) 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.
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 to foster human health or mitigating epidemic impacts.
Besides using Earth observation satellite data from Copernicus and DLR missions, 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. Solutions 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.
- Cash Prize: The winner will receive a cash prize worth EUR 5,000.
- Satellite Data: Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by COM).
- Extra EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2021 Overall Winner
- Enterprises, scientific institutions, and individuals of legal adult age are entitled to participate in the Copernicus Masters 2021. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in the world.
- 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 the realization of the idea?
- Innovation: What is in particular new about the idea?
- User acceptance: Is the idea of practical use to users or the general public? Would they use it?
- Feasibility: Is the idea technically feasible?
For more information, visit https://copernicus-masters.com/challenges/dlr-challenge/