Big Data for Big Challenges: The Swiss Data Cube for Environmental Monitoring
Prof. Dr. Gregory Giuliani
Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
The rapid changes in our environment and the emergence of big data, call for innovative
solutions to support the policy frameworks and related actions toward sustainable development. To address these changes,
the University of Zurich and the University of Geneva have joined forces with the UNEP/GRID â Geneva and the Swiss Federal
Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) to unleash the power of Big Data for monitoring the Environment
with a new technology: the Swiss Data Cube (SDC).
The SDC represents a new paradigm, revolutionizing the way users can interact with complex data originating from many
different sources, in particular from Earth observing instruments, such as satellite imagery.
In this presentation we will present the uniqueness of the SDC approach, its underlying technology as well as its broad
relevance, serving a wide range of applications for environmental monitoring at the crossroads of science, policy and
society to achieve agile governance for all communities.