AGDC website closure

On 10 May 2017 Geoscience Australia welcomed the release of Budget 2017-18, which included $15.3 million in new funding to establish the Digital Earth Australia ( over the next two years. This will enable Geoscience Australia to build upon the international award winning pilot project, the Australian Geoscience Data Cube (AGDC), to establish Digital Earth Australia.

The core technology produced by the AGDC Programme has now been rebranded to the Open Data Cube (ODC). Whereas the AGDC targeted Australia's needs the ODC encourages global collaboration. The ODC aims to increase the impact of global satellite data by providing an open and freely accessible exploitation tool, and to foster a community to develop, sustain, and grow the breadth and depth of applications.

As a result, the AGDC website ( will be closing down on Friday 29 September and visitors will be redirected to the Open Data Cube website (

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Budget 2017-18

Geoscience Australia welcomes the release of Budget 2017-18 by the Treasurer, which includes $15.3 million in new funding to establish the Digital Earth Australia over the next two years.

This investment by the Australian Government through the Department of Finance's Public Service Modernisation Fund will enable Geoscience Australia to transform the international award winning pilot project, the Australian Geoscience Data Cube, into Digital Earth Australia.

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CEOS and AGDC teams in Canberra and Public Seminar

The AGDC partners will host international CEOS colleagues for a workshop during the week of 27 February to 3 March 2017. The workshop will address common and coordinated aspects of the governance and technical development of data cubes under a CEOS framework.

A public seminar discussing "Data Architectures for Earth Observation" will be held on Wednesday 1 March 2017, 10 am to 12 pm, CSIRO Discovery.

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What is the Australian Geoscience Data Cube?

From sustainably managing the environment to developing resources, and optimising our agricultural potential, Australia must overcome a number of challenges to meet the needs of our growing population in a time of increased climate variability.

The Australian Geoscience Data Cube (Data Cube) is a new approach for organising and analysing the vast quantities of satellite imagery and other Earth observations, making it quicker and easier to provide information on issues that can affect all Australians.

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Videos and presentations

If you are interested in getting a better picture of Data Cube, what information it includes and what it can do, there is a range of videos and presentations available online.

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Case studies

Examples of information products and functions produced using the Data Cube.

Products and Time Series

This application contains Digital Earth Australia products and a time series plot function that returns pixel values over a selected location and time period.

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Water Observations from Space

Water Observations from Space (WOfS) is a web service displaying historical surface water observations derived from satellite imagery for all of Australia.

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Australian Geoscience Data Cube Intertidal Extent

The Intertidal Extent Model (ITEM v1.0) product uses satellite imagery to model the continental extent and elevation profile of the intertidal zone.

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Who's involved?

The Data Cube is developed and maintained by a partnership between Geoscience Australia, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).

The Data Cube is made possible by the involvement and funding by a number of other organisations, in addition to the partnership. For instance, the infrastructure the Data Cube is built on was funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

It builds on earlier work by Geoscience Australia and others, drawing on additional satellite imagery and other Earth observations to expand the range of integrated data analysis capabilities available.

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How can I access the Australian Geoscience Data Cube?

The Australian Geoscience Data Cube (AGDC), at the NCI, is Australia's own data cube. To access and use the AGDC, a 'how to' guide and a pre-recorded webinar with more information is available here.

For data analysis in the AGDC you should use IPython Jupyter notebook. Examples of notebooks specific to the AGDC can be found here to get you started.

Current analysis functions for the AGDC are available at the NCI through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI):

  • searching for available products
  • loading data
  • combining data from multiple sensors
  • visualising changes in space and time (Hovm√∂ller)
  • interactive time series retrieval

NCI also has information on their website about how to get access to their services and facilities, such as VDI.

Join us - to develop a global capability

Learn more about the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites' (CEOS) data cube initiative and how Australia is collaborating internationally.

How to - build your own data cube!

You can use your own super computer, cloud or other platform to build a data cube anywhere in the world. Here is one example and data analysis functions using Jupyter notebook.

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Stay up to date with AGDC developments by subscribing to this mailing list.

Provide feedback on the code for the latest version of the AGDC online via the GitHub Source Code.