Hacking Copernicus marine data

Hacking Copernicus marine data at EUMETSAT

More than 40 keen hackers attended EUMETSAT’s first hackathon over the weekend of 9-11 June.

Hacking Copernicus marine data
Hacking Copernicus marine data

Working with Copernicus marine data, the local DataVizRm group hackers split into seven teams to tackle one of three ocean data challenges: make it useful, beautiful/educational, and open.

Last Updated

11 March 2021

Published on

22 June 2017

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Busy working on the Copernicus marine data challenges. Credit Niklas Mulzer, Witefield.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness of all the free and open Copernicus marine data from CMEMS and EUMETSAT, and to help new users work with the data.

After working all weekend, the hackers presented their projects on the Sunday afternoon and judges from EUMETSAT (Mark Higgins and Guillaume Aubert) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Hayley Evers-King) chose the winners.

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Mark Higgins presents the hackathon challenges. Credit Niklas Mulzer, Witefield.

Ship routes, message in a bottle and working with CODA

An innovative ship route optimisation tool won first prize for Juan Fernando Vizcaya Garcia, Mario Castro de Lera and Pablo Ruiz Sanchez. They used CMEMS current and wave data to help optimise ship routing to reduce fuel costs and then visualised the best routes on Google Earth.

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Presenting the final projects. Credit Niklas Mulzer, Witefield.

Second prize was won by Very Slow Mail, a project allowing people to send virtual messages in a bottle over the oceans and using CMEMS ocean current data to predict where they would end up.

And third prize went to a project which used Python scripting to develop a way to automatically download Sentinel-3 data for a specific area of interest via EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Online Data Archive (CODA).

Other projects included a learning platform to help people understand more about weather and ocean monitoring satellites, a project to visualise data from ARGO floats and many more ideas on accessing data via CODA.

As well as coming up with some brilliant ideas for ways to use the Copernicus marine data, the participants also provided some really useful feedback on how to make it easier for non-specialists to work with Earth observation data in the future.

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James Dingle (PML) presents CMEMS data. Credit Niklas Mulzer, Witefield.
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Felix Erdmann talks about the senseBox (https://sensebox.de/) Citizen Science project. Credit Niklas Mulzer, Witefield.
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The survivors at the end of the hackathon weekend. Credit Niklas Mulzer, Witefield.