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Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation

  • Global experts present the future of Earth observation technologies

  • Offers key insights into how the digital transformation is affecting the space industry, and its application in sectors such as energy, mobility, security, and health

  • Enables the reader to stay ahead of inevitable change and to learn how to positively impact the world with innovative applications of open data

Part of the book series: ISSI Scientific Report Series (ISSI, volume 15)

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Join the Geo Revolution

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Changing Landscape of Geospatial Information Markets

      • Conor O’Sullivan, Nicholas Wise, Pierre-Philippe Mathieu
      Pages 3-23Open Access
    3. The Digital Transformation of Education

      • Ravi Kapur, Val Byfield, Fabio Del Frate, Mark Higgins, Sheila Jagannathan
      Pages 25-41Open Access
    4. The Open Science Commons for the European Research Area

      • Tiziana Ferrari, Diego Scardaci, Sergio Andreozzi
      Pages 43-67Open Access
    5. Citizen Science for Observing and Understanding the Earth

      • Mordechai (Muki) Haklay, Suvodeep Mazumdar, Jessica Wardlaw
      Pages 69-88Open Access
  3. Enabling Data Intensive Science

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 89-89
    2. Fostering Cross-Disciplinary Earth Science Through Datacube Analytics

      • Peter Baumann, Angelo Pio Rossi, Brennan Bell, Oliver Clements, Ben Evans, Heike Hoenig et al.
      Pages 91-119Open Access
    3. Mind the Gap: Big Data vs. Interoperability and Reproducibility of Science

      • Max Craglia, Stefano Nativi
      Pages 121-141Open Access
    4. Cyber-Infrastructure for Data-Intensive Geospatial Computing

      • Rajasekar Karthik, Alexandre Sorokine, Dilip R. Patlolla, Cheng Liu, Shweta M. Gupte, Budhendra L. Bhaduri
      Pages 143-164Open Access
    5. Machine Learning Applications for Earth Observation

      • David J. Lary, Gebreab K. Zewdie, Xun Liu, Daji Wu, Estelle Levetin, Rebecca J. Allee et al.
      Pages 165-218Open Access
    6. New Generation Platforms for Exploration of Crowdsourced Geo-Data

      • Maria Antonia Brovelli, Marco Minghini, Giorgio Zamboni
      Pages 219-243Open Access
  4. Use Cases Open Science and Innovation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 245-245
    2. Mapping Land Use Dynamics Using the Collective Power of the Crowd

      • Christoph Aubrecht, Joachim Ungar, Dilek Ozceylan Aubrecht, Sérgio Freire, Klaus Steinnocher
      Pages 247-253Open Access
    3. The Emergence of the GeoSharing Economy

      • Ursula Benz, Manfred Krischke
      Pages 255-260Open Access
    4. Sustainable Agriculture and Smart Farming

      • Heike Bach, Wolfram Mauser
      Pages 261-269Open Access
    5. Earth Observation Data for Enterprise Business Applications

      • Hinnerk Gildhoff
      Pages 271-274Open Access
    6. Development of an Earth Observation Cloud Platform in Support to Water Resources Monitoring

      • Andreea Bucur, Wolfgang Wagner, Stefano Elefante, Vahid Naeimi, Christian Briese
      Pages 275-283Open Access
    7. Putting Big Data Innovation into Action for Development

      • Trevor Monroe, Stephanie Debere, Kwawu Mensa Gaba, David Newhouse, Talip Killic
      Pages 285-291Open Access
    8. Mapping Floods and Assessing Flood Vulnerability for Disaster Decision-Making: A Case Study Remote Sensing Application in Senegal

      • Bessie Schwarz, Gabriel Pestre, Beth Tellman, Jonathan Sullivan, Catherine Kuhn, Richa Mahtta et al.
      Pages 293-300Open Access

About this book

This book is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Over  the  past  decades,  rapid developments in digital and sensing technologies, such  as the Cloud, Web and Internet of Things, have dramatically changed the way we live and work. The digital transformation is revolutionizing our ability to monitor our planet and transforming the  way we access, process and exploit Earth Observation data from satellites.

This book reviews these megatrends and their implications for the Earth Observation community as well as the wider data economy. It provides insight into new paradigms of Open Science and Innovation applied to space data, which are characterized by openness, access to large volume of complex data, wide availability of new community tools, new techniques for big data analytics such as Artificial Intelligence, unprecedented level of computing power, and new types of collaboration among researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and citizen scientists. In addition, this book aims to provide readers with some reflections on the future of Earth Observation, highlighting through a series of use cases not just the new opportunities created by the New Space revolution, but also the new challenges that must be addressed in order to make the most of the large volume of complex and diverse data delivered by the new generation of satellites.



  • geospatial analytics
  • Social Observatory
  • big Earth data
  • open data
  • citizen science
  • open innovation
  • earth system science
  • Crowdsourced Geospatial Data
  • citizen science
  • Science in society
  • data science
  • open access
  • remote sensing/photogrammetry

Editors and Affiliations

  • ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

    Pierre-Philippe Mathieu

  • ESA/ESRIN & World Bank, Washington, DC, USA

    Christoph Aubrecht

About the editors

Christoph Aubrecht is affiliated with the European Space Agency (ESA), representing ESA at the World Bank to coordinate collaborative activities. Prior to joining ESA, Chris was leading the spatial analytics efforts under the World Bank’s Central America & Caribbean CDRP initiative. For more than 10 years Chris also worked at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), most recently serving as senior advisor on geospatial strategy development and implementation design.

Further previous positions include senior specialist consultancies at the World Bank's DRM and Urban unit, short-term consultancy at GFDRR, foreign national research affiliation at NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center, and visiting scientist positions at Columbia University's CIESIN and the attached NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center as well as at the University of Southern California. From 2008-2015 Chris served as adjunct lecturer in GI science and remote sensing at University of Vienna.

Chris holds a PhD in integrated GI science and remote sensing from Vienna University of Technology and a prior Master's degree in geography and GI science from the University of Vienna.

Pierre-Philippe Mathieu is Earth Observation Data Scientist at the European Space Agency in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy). He spent 20+ years working in the field of environmental and ocean modelling, weather risk management and remote sensing. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and M.Sc from University of Liege (Belgium), a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Louvain (Belgium), and a Management degree from the University of Reading Business School (UK).

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