Sep 17, 2015

EO21, Earth Observation in the 21st Century

The Catapult is partnering with the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide a unifying context and strategy to identify, analyse and capitalise on the key technological opportunities affecting the Earth observation (EO) sector in the emerging data economy, from the collection of EO data to their exploitation in science and business.

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EO21 is providing a unified context and strategy affecting the EO sector in the emerging data economy

The overall objective of the EO21 study is to: “Provide a unifying context and strategy to identify, analyse and capitalise on the key technological opportunities affecting the EO sector in the emerging data economy, from the collection of EO data to their exploitation in science and business.”

The emergence of cloud computing is already transforming the way we access and exploit data. Today, applications that were once performed by EO experts are now pushed to a cloud-based environment, such as the Google Earth Engine or Amazon S3, and are processed quickly and cheaply by a wide range of users (including non-space users). This has led to a paradigm shift in the method of distributing and processing big data, and in creating platforms that drive innovation and growth in user applications.

Acquiring a better understanding of the changing landscape of Earth Observation technologies and markets in the 21st Century, identifying the key drivers of change in the digital economy and EO sector (including technological, human, cultural and legal factors) is essential to providing context on which to build a strategy.

EO21 Indicator of Trends