New CEO at GAF AG: Dr. Sebastian Carl takes over from Dr. Peter Volk on 1 July 2018

After 32 years of working for GAF and more than 11 years in the position of CEO, Peter Volk stepped down from the latter position as planned on 30 June 2018. On 1 July, Sebastian Carl took over as CEO of GAF.

Sebastian Carl has been with the company for more than 25 years and previously already managed large parts of the companies’ activities. With an educational background as an agricultural engineer, he gained a doctorate in SAR imagery analysis using artificial analysis. Among other things, he has worked with the analysis of large volumes of EO data at GAF.

Peter Volk will remain available to the company in order to ensure a smooth transition and assistance with strategic and operative functions. GAF is very pleased that it can provide management continuity and therefore ongoing excellent service to its existing and future clients.

GAF has been awarded a multi-year contract by the German Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt to perform crop monitoring in the context of the European CAP

GAF AG has won the first European call for tenders for the operational implementation of the agricultural area monitoring system in Germany in 2021 stipulated by the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Paying Agency makes use of GAF’s sophisticated cloud-based solutions for the automatic monitoring of agricultural parcels.

The contract runs for the next three (+1) years and covers the rapid, accurate and fully automated continuous monitoring and precise verification of numerous crop types covering the entire area of Sachsen-Anhalt, and the evaluation of compliance with agri-environmental and climate measures, using both optical and radar data from the European Copernicus Sentinel Missions.

A consortium with strong GAF contribution has been awarded the implementation of the latest European Copernicus service for the monitoring of ground motion

The Telespazio and Italian Space Agency joint venture, e-GEOS, has coordinated a successful bid in response to an invitation to tender issued and assigned by the European Environment Agency (EEA). e-GEOS will lead a consortium including, amongst others, the German members GAF and DLR, the Norwegian institute NORCE, the LTK Satellite Geodetic Observatory (SGO, Hungary), the Dutch company PPO.labs and the Italian company TRE ALTAMIRA. The new European Ground Motion Service (EGMS) will enable monitoring of millimeter-range ground motion through time series of satellite based radar observations

GAF is taking part at European Space Week 2020

GAF takes part in the European Space Week Online Event from 7-11 December 2020, organised by the European Commission and the European Global Satellite Systems Agency, GSA. We are especially glad to present our GAF-projects and EU Horizon 2020-milestones: ECoLaSS and EOMonDis at one of GSA’s sessions, which will demonstrate H2020 success stories on: Friday 11 Dec.; H2020 projects - success stories; 9:00-10:00 am.

GAF conducted rapid assessment of storm and drought damaged forests for the entire Federal State of Thuringia using Copernicus Sentinel2 data

GAF AG did a forest area change assessment for the entire federal state Thuringia based on Copernicus Sentinel 2 data within a few days. The analysis focused on storm and drought damaged areas in-between 2019 and 2020. Within that year more than 6.000 ha of damaged forest had to been cleared to prepare afforestation measures or show a significant reduction in tree vitality. The analysis was carried out on behalf of ThüringenForst AöR. The information is used to plan the required afforestation measures in an effective manner.

GAF AG to strengthen Mines Inspection Department in Nigeria

After international competition coming out on top, a GAF led consortium has been awarded the contract to strengthen the capacities of the Mines Inspection Department (MID) of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) in Abuja, Nigeria.

The project will assist the MID to secure and control government revenues and legal obligations of the mine title owners and operators. One focus of the project is the inspection of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) activities.

Euro-Maps 3D DSM now also available via the Copernicus Data Access Portfolio

ESA, the European Space Agency, has added the Euro-Maps 3D DSM (digital surface model) product with 5 m post spacing to the Copernicus Data Access Portfolio (DAP) (see latest DAP document, Annex 6), thus making it available to Copernicus Services, Union Institutions and Union Research Projects through the Copernicus Data Warehouse (DWH). Euro-Maps 3D DSM provides a homogeneous quality, particularly suitable for large-scale, trans-national applications such as hydrologic modelling, infrastructure, network planning, risk mapping and the exploration of natural resources.

Multi-Stereo VHR DSM: fast generation of 3D information based on multi-stereo VHR satellite data

After a successful multi-stereo new acquisition over Lisbon by European Space Imaging, GAF generated within a very short time a fully textured digital surface model with exceptional 30 cm resolution.

As a prompt delivery of elevation models based on highly current VHR satellite images is crucial for high-profile customers and their specific applications - Multi-Stereo VHR DSM meets the challenge: This high-quality product provides standardized, accurate and reliable 3D information that can be made available for any place in the world within a very short time.

Currently already more than 200 cities worldwide are available as either 30 cm or 50 cm digital surface models.

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