Access the xcube Viewer to Visualize Remotely Stored Data Cubes in the WEkEO JupyterHub

June 26, 2024

A new feature enables WEkEO users to visualise remotely stored data cubes directly on the WEkEO Jupyter Hub, further expanding the value proposition of WEkEO. The xcube Viewer app, fully integrated into WEkEO’s Jupyter Hub environment, allows to visualize and explore climate and environmental Earth Observation data, as well as generating meaningful insights through time series and spatial analysis.

New Data at Your Fingertips

With the latest feature, WEkEO users can now visualize remotely stored data cubes directly on the WEkEO Jupyter Hub. Moreover, users no longer need to launch the xcube Viewer app on their PCs; they can now launch it directly on the WEkEO Jupyter Hub, simplifying operations and minimizing the use of local computing resources.

Explore Public Data Cubes and Share Your Own Externally

Streaming data cubes hosted in remote virtual storage unlocks numerous possibilities. For example, users can explore publicly available data cubes like the Earth System Data Cube (ESDC), which includes over 50 environmental variables. A guide for exploring the ESDC can be found in this Jupyter Notebook.

On top of that, users can also share their own data cubes by storing them on an S3 bucket, also accessible through the WEkEO commercial offer or as part of the WEkEO Innovation Lab and provide example notebooks via the xcube Viewer app launched on the WEkEO JupyterHub. This is particularly useful for sharing scientific results and for training purposes.

The xcube Viewer App

xcube is an open-source Python package used to convert Earth Observation data into self-contained data cubes. The software is expanded and maintained by Brockmann Consult GmbH. WEkEO features a series of Jupyter Notebooks that will guide you throughout the use of the app, from creating a configuration file to visualising the data.

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