A FAIR Data Infrastructure for Earth System Sciences (FAIR2earth)

  2021-01-01 - 2025-12-31

With the global population approaching 8 billion people, humans have started to leave their imprints on all parts of our planet. Climate change is just one of the unintended impacts of human activities, ecosystem degradation and the loss of species are other deeply worrying developments. An understanding of these changes requires a holistic view of the Earth System, bringing together the data and expertise from a broad range of scientific disciplines. Unfortunately, data sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration to advance Earth System Science is still met by many practical problems, one of which is the fact that many valuable data sets are not easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). Furthermore, there is a lack of computing resources allowing to combine and jointly analyse large data sets using machine learning and other advanced modelling techniques. Therefore, the aim of the proposed FAIR2earth project is to scale up the existing infrastructure capabilities of the Earth Observation Data Centre (EODC) to be able to store and process multiple Petabyte-scale Earth observation and geoscientific data sets on site, and improve its connectivity with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS), and other European infrastructures. In this way, accessing and exploiting EODC’s Petabyte-scale data repository will be made much more easy for any interested user in a non-discriminatory manner (same conditions apply for all users), complying to the FAIR principles.

Project manager Project members Financiers
  •   FFG - Österr. Forschungsförderungs- gesellschaft mbH
  •   EODC Earth Observation Data Centre Water Resources Monitoring GmbH