DLR is Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. Approximately 6900 people work for DLR at 32 institutes and facilities at 15 locations in Germany. In DLR, the functions for URBANFLUXES are held by the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Land Surface (LAX) department, which is – among other tasks – responsible for Earth Observation (EO) data reception, archiving and dissemination as well as the operation of thematic user services. Research and development at DFD covers all domains of remote sensing of the Earth and DFD is developing procedures and information systems to meet urgent challenges caused by global change and human impact. The research team “Urban Areas and Land Management” is one of four teams in the department “Land Surface” (LAX). SL develops remote sensing methods and information products to support a sustainable management of urban areas and cultivated landscapes.