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Apply for AWS credits to build Earth observation applications that support environmental and development goals

To help countries realize the potential of Earth observations for sustainable development, we are teaming with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to provide $1.5 million worth of cloud services for projects that improve understanding of our planet.

Eligible government agencies and research institutions can apply for up to $100,000 of AWS Promotional Credits to build Earth observation applications that support environmental and development goals, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019. Apply now!

With the cloud credits, organizations can host, process, and analyze large geospatial datasets for non-commercial purposes, prioritizing projects that make use of open satellite data.

One example of an Earth observation application is the Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC). The ARDC enables five countries in Africa to inspect changes to any geographic area over the past 35 years. The technology provides users with an analysis platform for satellite imagery to address key development challenges, including food security, disaster risk management, coastal erosion, and urban expansion. AWS cloud credits have been provided to support development and implementation of the ARDC and we look forward to seeing what new applications emerge through this collaboration with GEO.

Recipients of the cloud credits through this initiative will also receive support from the GEO community and AWS experts to refine and implement their projects.