Earth in a Box

The Earth System Data Lab (ESDL) is a
multi-variate data set of essential Earth System
variables on a common grid and sharing a
common data model.


Visualise Your Data

Jump over to the ESDL Viewer
and make your data visible


Earth as an Interconnected System

To fully exploit this wide range of data, novel data analysis tools are being developed that offer new insights into the Earth as an interconnected system

The Earth System Data Lab (ESDL) seeks to be a service to the scientific community to greatly facilitate access and exploitation of multivariate data sets in Earth Sciences.

The Earth System Data Lab (ESDL) project has come to an end. We are thus informing you that service operations of the Virtual Laboratory will cease on 30/04/2021. The ESDL approach will, however, continue at the Euro Data Cube service, where you will find the latest Earth System Data Cubes, processing resources and much more data.

We are thus looking forward to meeting you at! Do not hesitate to contact us in cace you have any question on migration or other issues!

Explore the interactions between ocean, land, and atmosphere – now also in the ESDL web viewer!

Use Cases

Four Champion Use Cases will be implemented in collaboration with distinguished experts  to demonstrate the wide range of different approaches that may be adopted with the ESDL.

Data Sets

We provide a growing list of relevant variables for Earth System Science. Most of them have been derived from Earth Observation, but the compilation also includes model or re-analysis data if deemed useful.

Data Lab

The ESDL includes a E-Laboratory, which provides a computing environment to access, analyse and visualize the data set.


Explore our ESDL webstories.