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Canada Applies Open Data Cube to Assess National Land-use Change

Canada’s Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division (PIRD), a division of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), faces the massive task of creating a greenhouse gas inventory for the entire nation. A key part of this analysis is the use of remotely sensed data to quantify areas of land-use change to calculate CO2. In this pursuit, PIRD has partnered with CATALYST on a project that leverages Open Data Cube technology to enhance the efficiency, accuracy and granularity of analyzing enormous volumes of multi-temporal remote sensing data on a nationwide scale. 

The biggest challenge is monitoring change in a land sector the size of Canada. It's difficult to capture all the diverse changes that happen across the Canadian landscape.

Doug MacDonald, PhD, manager of the Land Use Section