DLR was looking for new applications in Earth observation that address climate and mapping of the environment. Ideas for using Earth observation for sustainable energy management - in generation, distribution, and/or consumption, for example - were especially welcome.

Proposals were to be based on existing or imminent Earth observation data and may be supplemented by any kind of ancillary geo-information, such as crowdsourced data or in-situ measurements of environmental monitoring for further information enrichment, validation, or updating. The product or service derived from the idea should support either professionals in environmental assessment or energy supply and management, or the general public and consumer-oriented markets. Local, regional, and of course, global applications and services have been considered.

Innovative ways to link remote-sensing-based products and services with user needs were encouraged. The ideas submitted were also to describe a real implementation scenario that includes the general public and/or potential commercial benefits


The winner will be rewarded with a cash prize of EUR 5,000.


Beehive Locations - Monitoring Habitats with Satellite Data, submitted by Deepak Bhatia from Poland.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Benefit and innovativeness (for society, the environment/climate, natural resource preservation, or other areas; innovation level)
  • Copernicus relevance (significance of the use of satellite data for realisation, added value through Copernicus)
  • Technological feasibility
  • User acceptance (benefits to users and/or the general public, short path to practical use)
  • Legal aspects and risks (legal risks, patentability, regulations/laws to be considered)


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. It also invests in promising technologies and offers its research and development capacities to partners for their own use.

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