What is the Swiss Data Cube?
Pressures on natural resources are increasing and a number of challenges need to be overcome to meet the needs of a growing population in a period of environmental variability. Some of these environmental issues can be monitored using remotely-sensed Earth Observations (EO) data that are increasingly available from a number of freely and openly accessible repositories. However, the full information potential of EO data has not been yet realized. They remain still underutilized mainly because of their complexity, increasing volume, and the lack of efficient processing capabilities.
EO Data Cubes (DC) are a new paradigm aiming to realise the full potential of EO data by lowering the barriers caused by these Big data challenges and providing access to large spatio-temporal data in an analysis ready form.
The main objectives of the Swiss Data Cube (SDC) is to support the Swiss government for environmental monitoring and reporting and enable Swiss scientific institutions (e.g., Universities) to facilitate new insights and research using the SDC and to improve the knowledge on the Swiss environment using EO data.
The Swiss Data Cube is a joint initiative of:
Recently we have made a short demo of the space-time visualisation tool developed by the Swiss Territorial Data Lab (STDL – http://stdl.ch). It allows to visualise a 35 years time-series of false-colour composites generated with the Swiss Data Cube over the Rhone glacier area. And here is the result:
The Rhône Glacier is located in the Swiss Alps (Valais) and is known for being the source of the Rhône river, the primary tributary of Lake Léman (the largest lake in Switzerland). This glacier is a perfect example of the ongoing impacts of climate change in the Alps. Increasing temperatures are gradually melting the ice […]
The Swiss Data Cube team, in collaboration with the Institute of Global Health and the Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva, has started working in ingesting Level 2 data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite (a mission dedicated to monitoring air pollution). It is a mission dedicated to monitoring air pollution. We will […]
Today, for the 10th anniversary of the Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva, we are launching an interactive atlas allowing anyone to explore different sites across Switzerland looking at how the landscape has changed over the last two-three decades. This can help visualising and understanding how environmental changes such as climate, natural […]