Remote sensing in the BGR
With the geological interpretation of aerial photographs the Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe) has been carrying out remote sensing since the "Photo-Geology" section was founded in 1959. Digital image processing was introduced in the 1970s as satellite remote sensing with multi-spectral scanners and radar were brought into use.
The tasks and application areas of the remote sensing section include research and mapping for raw materials, the environment, soil, groundwater and geological risks, both in Germany and in other countries. Remote sensing methods are tested and improved through the use of digital image processing, GIS, multi-spectral and hyperspectral data processing methods, thermal mapping and radar technology.
A further task is advising ministries and industry on the use of remote sensing procedures.