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Environments 2017, 4(2), 32; doi:10.3390/environments4020032

From Open Data to Open Analyses—New Opportunities for Environmental Applications?

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Science Affairs Department, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SE-404 39 Göteborg, Sweden
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Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Geographic Information Division, Swedish Forest Agency, SE-551 83 Jönköping, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Yu-Pin Lin
Received: 22 February 2017 / Revised: 29 March 2017 / Accepted: 4 April 2017 / Published: 8 April 2017
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Abstract

In this study, we explore the potential of open and accessible data in combination with interactive cloud-processing capabilities for applications in environmental monitoring and policies. During the last few years, the amount of open Earth observation and open national data has increased substantially. In parallel, access to analysis capabilities for such data has improved. The search and extraction of data from larger Earth observations archives and the processing of larger amounts of data have hitherto been an obstacle for many potential users. With the availability of new cloud solutions such as Google Earth Engine, NASA Earth Exchange, or ESA Cloud Toolbox, accessing and processing of large datasets have become easier for a wider range of users. In this communication, we briefly summarize these recent trends and illustrate their potential by four application showcases from terrestrial and aquatic environmental monitoring. We accessed and processed data from US and European Earth observation satellite archives with Google Earth Engine. As a complement, we also used open Swedish national data and open source desktop tools. We hope that our positive user experiences can encourage other environmental data users to further explore the new opportunities for easy access to open data and cloud-based processing capabilities. View Full-Text
Keywords: open data; Earth observation; open analyses; cloud-based data access and processing; Google Earth Engine; terrestrial; aquatic; environmental monitoring and policies open data; Earth observation; open analyses; cloud-based data access and processing; Google Earth Engine; terrestrial; aquatic; environmental monitoring and policies
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Klein, T.; Nilsson, M.; Persson, A.; Håkansson, B. From Open Data to Open Analyses—New Opportunities for Environmental Applications? Environments 2017, 4, 32.

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