Early Adopters Call

Call closed!


The Earth System Data Lab in collaboration with iLEAPS (a Global Research Project of Future Earth) invites young researchers to explore the Earth System Data Lab (ESDL). The Earth system data lab is a new virtual lab developed by an ESA project to simultaneously access a wide array of Earth observations across space, time and variables. Note, the idea is not to access high-resolution Satellite data, but rather to explore the joint information of derived data streams as produced by several international scientific teams. Essentially, The ESDL consist of two elements:

1. A highly curated “Earth system data cube” (in different spatial resolutions) primarily constructed to investigate land-atmosphere interactions.
2. An interface to execute your own analyses on the data cube. So far, we have build two frameworks to easily map your own python or julia functions to the data cube.

The entire system is in it’s build-up phase and we now invite young researchers to embark on the Earth system data lab and share experiences.

The idea

This call is directed at early career researchers to co-shape the development of the ESDL. If you are a researcher at an early stage of your career, you are cordially invited submit a concise proposal for a self-contained project to showcase the potential and the limitations of the ESDL and help shaping it’s future way.


· 15th September > Deadline prolonged! The call remains open until filled! : Submit a mini-proposal – 1000 words or less – explaining your intended project. The mini-proposals should clarify your scientific idea, question or application. Please specify which data streams you intent to use (from the ones already listed on the website, but feel free to request others), and in which context the research can be realized (your master thesis, your PhD thesis, your night time hobby, …). Please submit the mini-proposal together with a short CV that clarifies your scientific background and preparedness by clicking on the button below!

· October: Response by the ESDL if your project has been accepted."

· November: Participation in an online training and access to the cloud computation facilities of the ESDL.

· December-March: Realization of your project with a short written statement, and a fully reproducible workflow as a jupyter notebook which will be openly shared online and assessed by your peers.

· April: Assessing at least one other project submitted by someone else.

· April/May: Participation in a meeting at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry showing your results, discussing the emerging problems, providing the development team with clear tasks for future developments.

· June: Selected proposal will be granted with 3000 Euros to support the participation to the Workshop in Germany and other conferences or paper publication costs.


· Proven enrolment in an academic training course (undergraduate or graduate programme) or an affiliation with a scientific institution (PhD student, early phase of postdoctoral qualification, etc.). Please name also an experienced researcher or one of your professors as your reference.
We thank all applicants for their exciting submissions! You will be contacted by us via Email.