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Earth on AWS session at ESA Φ-week

Enterprises, nonprofits, and startups around the globe are using the cloud to accelerate innovation in geospatial workflows to respond to natural disasters, fuel precision agriculture, plan city infrastructure, provide weather forecasts, and drive a myriad of other purposes. We convened an Earth on AWS session at the 2018 ESA Φ-week event, with presentations and discussions from experts showing how they’re using the AWS Cloud to unlock value from geospatial data and learn more about our world.

You can find summaries of the presentations below along with links to slides. It was a great honor for us to hear from many leading researchers, developers, and organizations at ESA’s event. Thank you to everyone who attended and presented!

  • EOX presented on their use of AWS to perform large-scale data processing and how the cloud allows them to generate cloudless Sentinel-2 mosaics as well as their library to view Cloud-Optimized GeoTIFFs directly from the browser.
  • FrontierSI gave an overview on the work they have been doing in collaboration with Geoscience Australia on the OpenDataCube project, including using AWS to create continent-scale data structures that can be processed very efficiently. [Presentation]
  • Element 84 provided a look at how to use AWS in disaster response scenarios where connectivity is very limited, focusing on the use of the physically deployable AWS Snowball Edge device. [Presentation]
  • The Pangeo group talked about how they are building an open-source, community platform for big data geoscience on AWS and using services like Amazon ECS to provide the scale they are looking for. [Presentation]
  • Sinergise delivered an update on their activities related to providing Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data to the AWS Public Datasets program, which anyone can build on top of. [Presentation]
  • UK Meteorological Office discussed their move to AWS to meet their operational needs and examined their use of serverless technologies like AWS Lambda.
  • e-GEOS presented on their transition to using AWS to power their geoinformation applications and services as well as their work to provide Sentinel-1 data to AWS users via the AWS Public Datasets program.
  • Development Seed talked about how they used AWS to work with NASA and cut the time needed to estimate hurricane wind speeds down from six hours to 15 minutes. [Presentation]
  • Zooniverse closed out the session by talking about how they used AWS to build a crowdsourcing platform that leverages millions of users to participate in research of all kinds, from classifying galaxies to counting penguins.

Learn more about Earth on AWS.

Attribution: C. Rieke