Thursday October 28 7:30 PM – Thursday October 28 8:00 PM in Talks II

Scalable Sustainability with the Planetary Computer

Tom Augspurger

Prior knowledge:
No previous knowledge expected


This talk gives an overview of Microsoft's Planetary Computer, a collection of tools supporting sustainability decision-making. We'll go through the various components of the Planetary Computer, including the Data Catalog, API, and Hub, with a focus on the open-source libraries powering the Planetary Computer.


  • Planetary Computer Overview
  • Data Catalog
  • Types of data provided (remote sensing, biodiversity, etc.)
  • Formats (Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF, Zarr, Parquet)
  • APIs
  • Why files in blob storage isn't enough
  • STAC overview
  • STAC API overview
  • Hub
  • Pangeo-style JupyterHub + Dask deployment
  • Convenient way to get started, scale with Dask
  • Cloud-native overview