Year: 2017

First scientific publication on the Swiss Data Cube

We are happy to announce that our scientific paper entitled “Building an Earth Observations Data Cube: lessons learned from the Swiss Data Cube (SDC) on generating Analysis Ready Data (ARD)” has been published today in the inaugural issue of Big Earth Data journal. You can find the article at: Citation: Giuliani G., Chatenoux B., De Bono […]

Urbanization – Basel 2000/2016

The Basel Region (North-western Switzerland) is an economically active region of Switzerland and urbanisation is changing rapidly the landscape of this area. We run the Urbanization algorithm to compare year 2000 and 2016 using Landsat 7 data. We can clearly see important changes in a short period of time over several parts of the region.

Urbanization – Bulle 2000/2016

In recent years, the city of Bulle (in the Fribourg canton) is an economically active region and knows an important urbanization. We used the Swiss Data Cube to try to see the urban expansion of this city. The result below allows comparing year 2000 and 2016. We clearly see the expansion of Bulle (even if it […]

First cloud-free mosaic for the entire Switzerland

Today, we’ve been able to generate our first cloud-free Landsat 8 mosaic for the entire Switzerland for the year 2016. On our single test server it tooks about 4.5h hours of computation (Scene Count: 184; Pixel Count: 139’733’863) to generate the mosaic. Here is the result loaded in the web UI: And here is the final […]

The Swiss Data Cube @ GEOweek 2017

The Swiss Data Cube will be presented at the GEO plenary 2017 in Washington DC (USA) on Tuesday 24th October during the session “Open Data Cube: An Open Source Digital Earth Architecture for Sustainable Development – Country Implementations and Experiences” (11:30-13:00, Room Continental A). The entire programme of the GEO week 2017 is available at:

The Swiss Data Cube consortium

After the feasibility study done in 2016 by GRID/Geneva and the University of Geneva, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment has renewed its support to complete the archive and extend the capabilities. Thanks to this, the University of Zurich (UNIZH) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) has joined […]

The Swiss Data Cube is growing

Recently the Swiss Data Cube (SDC) has been updated with all available Landsat 5, 7, and 8 scenes covering the entire country. The SDC is now populated with more than 3300 scenes over a period of 33 years (1984-2017). The next step will be to soon add all Sentinel 1 and 2 data.