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Internship at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

The DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), where Dorothee Stiller did an internship, is located in Oberpfaffenhofen, which is about 45 minutes by public transport from the city center of Munich, Germany.

Foto: Elisabeth Erber

The DLR is divided into several institutes, which are split into different working groups. It is a big gated area, with an own Mensa, cafeteria, the ISS ground control center and even has its own airport. The DLR area is also surrounded by different companies which offer space and remote sensing related applications.

Supervisors and other trainees

Dorothee Stiller was an intern at DLR from 20th February to 31th March 2017 and worked at the department of Land Surface which splits into six working groups: team smart cities and spatial development, team agroecosystems and phenology, team coasts and river basins, team polar and cold regions, team spectroscopy and land degradation and team SAR topography. Dorothee Stiller worked within the team of coasts and river basins and was mainly supervised by Juliane Huth. She was located within a data analysis room with several computers and other trainees, who were mainly from Germany, but also from Pakistan.

Main tasks during the internship

On the first day, Dorothee Stiller had to register at the gate, and get a DLR identity card as a permission to access the DLR area and to report my working hours. In addition, she had to visit different stations at the DLR, e.g. the DLR library, to get to know various places of the DLR. When she arrived at the office of her supervisor, she got some current research paper of the Team Coasts and River Basins to study their projects and get to know their projects. Dorothee Stiller also did some literature research for a few projects. But mainly, she worked on a project in cooperation with a big German forest institute. Her final goal was to create a forest classification map for two study areas, one for the Philippines and one for Ecuador and for each Location she considered three time steps representing three years. Dorothee Stiller used satellite images from the satellite imagery RapidEye, these files have a spatial resolution of five meters. To produce the forest classification maps she used several tools such as ENVI (a geospatial analytics software), R (a programming language) and plotted my landscape classifications in ArcGIS (a mapping tool).

Personal evaluation of the internship

Doing an internship at DLR means you should be able to work independently. Dorothee Stiller felt comfortable with that and learned a lot. She could always ask her supervisor responsible for her work if she had questions. It was a nice working atmosphere with the supervisors and other students. Dorothee Stiller definitely can recommend an internship at DLR.

Text: Dorothee Stiller

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