Challenge | Prize | Winner | Evaluation Criteria | Partner

DLR Energy & Environmental Challenge

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

In addition to any kind of non-satellite geo information, proposals were supposed to be based on existing or imminent Earth observation satellite data. The product or service derived from the idea was supposed to 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 should also describe a real implementation scenario that includes the general public and/or potential commercial benefits.


The winner has been rewarded with a cash prize of EUR 5,000.


Seagrass in HD - Global Seagrass Monitoring Initiative, submitted by Dimosthenis Traganos, Samuel Matthews and Team from Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Greece.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Benefit and Innovativeness (social benefit, benefit for environment and climate, benefit for saving natural resources other advantages, innovation level)
  • Copernicus relevance (significance of the use of satellite data for realization, added value through Copernicus)
  • Technological feasibility
  • User acceptance (benefits to users and/or the general public, short time to get idea into practical use)
  • Legal aspects and risks (legal risks, ability to patent, regulations/laws to be considered)


DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. DLR also hosts the Earth Observation Center (EOC), which 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 capture and near-real-time services to disaster monitoring and environmental mapping. As such, the EOC is involved in many aspects of Copernicus 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.