Scientific article
Data paper
Open access

The Swiss data cube, analysis ready data archive using earth observations of Switzerland

Published inScientific data, vol. 8, 295
First online date2021

Since the opening of Earth Observation (EO) archives (USGS/NaSa Landsat and EC/ESa Sentinels), large collections of EO data are freely available, offering scientists new possibilities to better understand and quantify environmental changes. Fully exploiting these satellite EO data will require new approaches for their acquisition, management, distribution, and analysis. Given rapid environmental changes and the emergence of big data, innovative solutions are needed to support policy frameworks and related actions toward sustainable development. Here we present the Swiss Data Cube (SDC), unleashing the information power of Big Earth Data for monitoring the environment, providing analysis Ready Data over the geographic extent of Switzerland since 1984, which is updated on a daily basis. Based on a cloud-computing platform allowing to access, visualize and analyse optical (Sentinel-2; Landsat 5, 7, 8) and radar (Sentinel-1) imagery, the SDC minimizes the time and knowledge required for environmental analyses, by offering consistent calibrated and spatially co-registered satellite observations. SDC derived analysis ready data supports generation of environmental information, allowing to inform a variety of environmental policies with unprecedented timeliness and quality.

  • Switzerland
  • Swiss Data Cube
  • Landsat
  • Sentinel-1
  • Sentinel-2
  • Earth Observations
Citation (ISO format)
CHATENOUX, Bruno et al. The Swiss data cube, analysis ready data archive using earth observations of Switzerland. In: Scientific data, 2021, vol. 8, p. 295. doi: 10.1038/s41597-021-01076-6

Technical informations

Creation11/08/2021 10:35:00 AM
First validation11/08/2021 10:35:00 AM
Update time03/16/2023 1:46:45 AM
Status update03/16/2023 1:46:44 AM
Last indexation01/29/2024 10:56:28 PM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack