Satellite Data for Better Air Quality

October 2018 – September 2021

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag and part of the funding program mFUND

Satellite-based system for monitoring, forecasting and simulation of air pollutants for sustainable urban and regional development.

The SAUBER research project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, is developing an information platform for sustainable urban and regional development. Data and services of the Copernicus space program, having been hardly used in practice, will be made accessible and transferred to digital services. SAUBER will not only provide a comprehensive and detailed overview of current air quality, but also, thanks to the use of Artificial Intelligence, forecasts and simulations of future air quality. The project is part of the research initiative mFUND, dealing with digital data-based applications for Mobility 4.0.

Project Partners

  • Software AG
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • geomer GmbH
  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
  • terrestris GmbH & Co. KG (meggsimum)
  • Hof University of Applied Sciences

Associate Project Partners

  • Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Amt für Umweltschutz
  • Landesamt für Natur, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz Nordrhein-Westfalen


[1] L. Petry, Hendrik Herold, Gotthard Meinel, T. Meiers, Inken Müller, E. Kalusche, T. Erbertseder, Hannes Taubenböck, Elaine Zaunseder, V. Srinivasan, A. Osman, Beatrix Weber, Stefan Jäger, C. Mayer, and C. Gengenbach. “Air Quality Monitoring and Data Management in Germany – Status Quo and Suggestions for Improvement”. In: ISPRS - International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XLIV-4/W2-2020 (Sept. 2020), pp. 37–43. DOI: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIV-4-W2-2020-37-2020.