Swiss Data Cube Hackathon on SDGs

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a hackathon organised by the Swiss Data Cube team on Sustainable Development Goals.

This event is jointly organised by UN Environment/GRID-Geneva and the University of Geneva/enviroSPACE with the support of NASA/CEOS.

Registration: please register to the event by filling the following form:

More information on the event: You can find detailed information downloading the information package available at: 

The Challenge

Switzerland is acknowledged as the water reservoir of Europe. While its territory represents four thousandths of the continent’s total area, 262 billion m3 of water, or 6% of Europe’s freshwater reserves, are stored in Switzerland. 57% of those reserves are stored in natural lakes.

The SDG 6 is aiming to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” because access to safe water and sanitation and sound management of freshwater ecosystems are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. One of the target (6.3) clear states that by 2030 water quality should be improved by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials. This objective can be monitored using the indicator 6.3.2: Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality.

This indicator can be measured using remotely-sensed Earth Observations data and therefore thanks to its large spatio-temporal database the Swiss Data Cube can be extremely useful to follow progresses towards the objective of SDG6.

The objective

The general objective of this hackathon will be to develop a prototype application for monitoring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the country scale using EO data stored in the SDC.
A team from NASA (who is leading the development of the Data Cube software) will be there to support participants and help them in developing the prototype.

Our aim is to develop an interactive, web-based cartographic graphical user interface allowing users to track the water quality and extent (Total Suspend Matter & Chlorophyll contents) of the 20 largest lakes of Switzerland from 1984 to 2017.

This event is organised in the frame of the Open Geneva festival of innovation.