The Registry of Open Data on AWS helps you discover and share datasets that are available via AWS resources. You can find datasets from many different domains, and we have tagged them to make it easy to explore datasets suitable for geospatial workloads.

Image from Landsat 8 satellite, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

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Below you will find both videos and articles explaining how Earth Observation data on AWS can be used in your startup, enterprise, or research institution.

  • Videos

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    How NASA Is Using AWS
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    How Radiant.Earth uses AWS
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    Machine Learning with Earth Observation Imagery
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    Making Sense of Remote Sensing
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    Cloud Computing and the Geospatial Sciences
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    How Esri Optimizes for Analytics in the Cloud
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    Transitioning Geoscience Research to the Cloud
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    Raising the Bar on Streaming Satellite Data
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    Planet on AWS
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    Emerging Hotspots of Global Tree Cover Loss
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    How DigitalGlobe Uses Amazon SageMaker
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    How Mapbox Does Earth
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    Big Data Infrastructure for Data Driven Agriculture
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    Lessons from Staging Petabytes of Data for Analysis
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    Open Data in Disaster Response Situations
  • Articles

    OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free, editable map of the world containing billions of features, created and maintained by volunteers and available for use under an open license. This post explains how anyone can use Amazon Athena to quickly query publicly available OSM data stored in Amazon S3 as an AWS Public Dataset.

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    The American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample is available as an AWS Public Dataset. AWS and data.world collaborated to make the data available for analysis in the cloud. Now, anyone can access and analyze PUMS data in the cloud without needing to download and store their own copy. Data.world talks about the advantages of using a graph database for this data.

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    Mapzen gathered elevation data from various public sources and is making it easy for startups, enterprises, and research institutions to access and use via Amazon S3. These digital elevation models (DEMs) provide a powerful way to examine the elevation of the Earth’s surface. You can read a Q&A we conducted with Mapzen about this dataset.

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    A look at how Sinergise is using AWS to find innovative ways to process the already more than 200TB of data coming from Sentinel-2 satellite.

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    DigitalGlobe worked to find passionate participants who can leverage DigitalGlobe’s GBDX platform and imagery for geospatial projects supporting work in areas such as disaster response, food security, poverty elimination, and ending malaria.

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    An exploration of how the University of Oklahoma uses NEXRAD data on AWS to study migrating flocks of birds.

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    How DigitalGlobe uses Amazon SageMaker to handle machine learning at scale and provide on-demand access to its data.

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    More and more, research in the areas of climate change, agricultural resilience and space exploration rely on access to computing resources in the cloud. Because the cloud makes it easy to share massive amounts of data and allows them to only pay for the computing resources they need, they can accelerate their pace of research while reducing costs.

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    A look at how NOAA has opened up NEXRAD, a network of 160 high-resolution Doppler radar sites that enables severe storm prediction and is used by researchers and commercial enterprises to study and address the impact of weather across multiple sectors.

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AWS Cloud Credits for Research are available for anyone to conduct research using Earth Observation data on AWS. Students, educators, and researchers are key drivers of technological innovation and we want to support new advances in the field.

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