#DataVizRM Hackathon

Keeping a constant check on the health of the oceans, Earth observation satellites record global sea surface temperature, wave height, sea level rise, ocean winds, sea ice and even ocean colour.

These data are then used for ocean monitoring and forecasting, weather forecasting (land and marine), management of marine ecosystems, monitoring of water quality and pollution, sea ice charting services and ship routing, and climate monitoring.

As part of our activities for the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation and monitoring programme, EUMETSAT is delivering huge quantities of marine data to users from the ocean-monitoring Sentinel-3 and Jason-2 and -3 satellites, and our fleet of weather satellites.  These data are free and available online to you.

We are inviting you to come to EUMETSAT, learn more about ocean data and do some amazing things with it.

EUMETSAT is an intergovernmental organisation and was founded in 1986. The purpose is to supply weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – to the National Meteorological Services of their Member and Cooperating States in Europe, and other users worldwide.

Join scientists and engineers at EUMETSAT’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, for a weekend exploring ocean data on 9-11 June 2017.

Learn more about EUMETSAT

June 9th, Meetup

Registration & Networking

Keynotes by EUMETSAT scientists & data experts

Data Drinks & Networking

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June 10-11th, Hackathon


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Our Hackathon Challenge: What can you do with Copernicus Marine Data?

Category Useful

Take Copernicus marine data and use it for something useful – for example can you use sea surface temperature data to help people to make decisions about swimming, use ocean colour data to predict harmful algal blooms, use wave height data to build an app for surfers/seafarers, or combine Earth observation data with data from other sources?

Category Beautiful

Take the data and visualize it in new and creative ways - perhaps even in augmented reality systems e.g., Meteo AR. Can you use the data to inspire a classroom to learn about the marine environment?

Category Open

Use our APIs and make it easier for people to access data – for example, build an interface to Sentinel-3 data in QGIS  to help people use the data. Build a python or R library to access and manipulate the data. Make a Jupyter notebook to help people explore the data. 

Accessing Earth Data

  • ocean data sea surface temperature, wave height, winds, sea ice, sea level rise, ocean colour, etc
  • Copernicus data sea surface temperature, ocean colour, wave height, etc
  • CMEMS products huge catalogue of products and model output
  • EMDAT a database of disasters

Useful Marine Sources

Copernicus Marine Service

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides regular and systematic core reference information on the state of the physical oceans and regional seas. The observations and forecasts produced by the service support all marine applications. Find out more on this page

Register yourself.


If you want to come by car please ensure that you offer a ride via flinc . If you want to come by public transportation EUMETSAT is near Darmstadt main train station; just a 10 min. walk away.

Event Ridesharing

Thanks to our Sponsors.

This event is funded by the European Union.

The DataViz Meetup would not be possible without the generous support of partners and sponsors. They share our passion for inspiring ideas and enable the events to take place. We thank them for both!