Using a datacube to assess changes in the Earth System

ESA’s Earth System Data Lab is a new virtual lab to access a wide array of Earth observations across space, time and variables.

It consists of two elements: the data cube and an interface to execute different analyses on the data cube.

Young researchers selected in the Early Adopters Call launched in 2018 used the Earth System Data Lab to explore diverse scientific scenarios using information from data streams produced by several international scientific teams.
Some of these young researchers were at ESA’s ɸ-week to present their findings on cases like Arctic greening or drought, discuss their research with the community and reflect on the value of the new data cube they have at hand.

These use cases showed the relevance of the virtual lab for revealing where big anomalies such as heatwaves occur as well as for examining relationships between variables and their contribution to environmental changes.

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