Enabling EO Platforms session @phi-week

Cloud-based EO platforms are an integral element for facilitating the paradigm change in Earth Observation (“bringing the algorithm to the data” et al.). Digital EO platforms are “Enablers” as they can boost the productivity of scientific/commercial users by simplifying the commonly encountered complex EO workflows. Key enabling elements include for example powerful and intuitive analytical operators, scalability of processing operations, efficient pixel-level data access and dynamic allocation of compute resources. The “Enabling EO Platforms” session at the 2021 ESA Φ-Week will showcase some key activities in the EO platforms domain.

First, openEO platform will be introduced by Alexander Jacob (EURAC). It is a highly federated, open-source EO analytics environment that abstracts underlying complexities when extracting value-added information from petabyte-scale data archives. The launch as an operational service will take place during this Φ-week with core deployments in multiple cloud environments (EODC/VSC4, CreoDIAS, TerraScope plus a data federation with SentinelHub/EuroDataCube).

The second talk by Børge Punsvik (KSAT) showcases the NRT EO Exploitation Platform (EOPort). This platform is pushing the limits for making current acquisitions from the Sentinels available in Near-Real-Time (i.e. within minutes) as L1/L2 products in a cloud environment, enabling new types of  applications that take advantage of real NRT capabilities.

Afterwards, Stephan Meißl (EOX) will present how EuroDataCube is enabling “Insights on Demand“. Here algorithms from the community can be made available as on-demand services (Bring Your Own Algorithm), ready to be consumed by third parties on a pay-per-use basis.

The next presenter, Ingo Simonis (OGC), provides a different angle on executing user algorithms and applications in the cloud. The Earth Observation Applications Architecture offers a blue print and best-practices to enable big data processing available to the broader user community.

Finally, Aravind Ravichandran (Terrawatch Space) highlights the impact and benefits of the Thematic Exploitation Platforms (TEPs) on the user community and discusses the future role of the TEPs in the EO platform landscape.


The session will take place on Wednesday 13 October, from 15.40 – 17.00 CET.

Free registration at https://phiweek.esa.int/