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Remote sensing and geodata

At a glance

Remote sensing can provide area-wide, cross-border information in close to real time, particularly from areas that are difficult to access, and is therefore relevant to many different sectors. Based on collected data, remote sensing is important for creating an evidence base and measuring the impact of DC projects.

Technical developments in recent years and the increasing availability of satellite data have greatly expanded the potential of remote sensing. Digital technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, open source, and cloud computing are playing an increasing role in remote sensing.

In German development cooperation, some 120 projects are already using geoinformation obtained by remote sensing. These include satellite images, aerial photographs and drone photographs. Despite the initiatives and projects already in place, the potential of remote sensing is far from exhausted.