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EO Africa Online Training #1: Cloud Computing and Algorithms for EO Analyses

 March 15, 2022 - April 6, 2022

1st EO AFRICA R&D Facility Online Course

Deadline for applications: March 3, 2022

Introduction to the course:

This course introduces participants to Cloud Computing and its usage for Earth Observation (EO) data analysis. It starts with big geospatial data concepts and extends to Cloud Computing as one of the solutions for solving the problems of big EO data.

The EO AFRICA Facility Innovation Lab will be introduced as an example of a cloud computing platform for working with EO data. We will cover Jupyter Notebooks and JupyterLab as the proper solution for developing analytical procedures accompanied with documentation on cloud computing platforms.

In the next step, the course focuses on some of the Python libraries to develop programs that handle and analyze EO data. We will explain how participants can programmatically access different EO datasets using online catalog services and utilize the data in their algorithms.

Participants apply the knowledge and skills gained on a final project using EO data available on the Innovation Lab. Materials will be made available through a dedicated Moodle site.


The participants need to have basic programming skills in Python.


The course will be offered to a maximum of 65 participants. Selection will be based on relevant academic background and employment. We will strive to have a gender-balanced and country-balanced group of participants. Preference is given to candidates working as (Ph.D.-) researchers, post-doc, and university staff.


The online course will have sessions on:

  • March 16
  • March 17
  • March 23
  • March 24
  • March 30
  • March 31
  • April 1

Language: English


  • DR MAHDI FARNAGHI, Assistant Professor – Department of Geo-information Processing, Faculty ITC of the University of Twente
  • Assistant Professor – Department of Geo-information Processing, Faculty ITC of the University of Twente
  • Assistant Professor – Head of the Center of Expertise in Big Geodata Science (CRIB) – Faculty ITC of the University of Twente


More information:

The course is organised in the context of the EO AFRICA R&D. To know more about upcoming online trainings in this series, visit the EO Africa R&D Space Academy website.

Other resources from EO AFRICA R&D:
Webinar Series on EO for Water and Food Security
MOOC on Drought Assessment and Monitoring from Space