The Australian Geoscience Data Cube is a world-leading data analysis environment for satellite and other Earth Observations

What is the Australian Geoscience Data Cube?

From sustainably managing the environment to developing resources, and optimising our agricultural potential, Australia must overcome a number of challenges to meet the needs of our growing population in a time of increased climate variability.

The Australian Geoscience Data Cube (Data Cube) is a new approach for organising and analysing the vast quantities of satellite imagery and other Earth observations, making it quicker and easier to provide information on issues that can affect all Australians.

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Videos and presentations

If you are interested in getting a better picture of Data Cube, what information it includes and what it can do, there is a range of videos and presentations available online.

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Case Studies

Examples of information products produced using the data cube.

Water Observations from Space

Water Observations from Space (WOfS) is a web service displaying historical surface water observations derived from satellite imagery for all of Australia.

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Australian Geoscience Data Cube Intertidal Extent

The Intertidal Extent Model (ITEM v1.0) product uses satellite imagery to model the continental extent and elevation profile of the intertidal zone.

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Who's involved?

The Data Cube is developed and maintained by a partnership between Geoscience Australia, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).

The Data Cube is made possible by the involvement and funding by a number of other organisations, in addition to the partnership. For instance, the the infrastructure the Data Cube is built on was funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

It builds on earlier work by Geoscience Australia and others, drawing on additional satellite imagery and other Earth observations to expand the range of integrated data analysis capabilities available.

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Learn more

Stay up to date with Data Cube developments by subscribing to this mailing list.

Provide feedback on the code for the latest version of the Data Cube online via the GitHub Source Code.

Learn more about the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites’ (CEOS) Data Cube initiative and how Australia is collaborating internationally.

How can I access the Data Cube?

To access the Data Cube a draft 'how to' guide is available here.

For data analysis in the Data Cube you should use IPython Jupyter notebook. Examples of notebooks can be found here to get you started.

Current analysis functions for the data cube are available at the NCI through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

  • pixel time series
  • zonal statistics
  • biophysical parameter response to environmental change
  • calibration with in-situ measurements, for example water observations versus rain gauge records
  • change detection, and
  • feature extraction

NCI has information on their website about how to get access to their services and facilities, such as VDI.