From sustainably managing the environment and mitigating climate change to developing resources and unleashing agricultural potential, Africa must overcome a number of challenges to meet the needs of its fast growing population, in a time of increased climate variability.

Digital Earth Africa will improve understanding of Africa's changing landscape, providing much-needed insights, knowledge and analysis for more informed, strategic and inclusive decision-making across the continent.

Building on the Africa Regional Data Cube and the Digital Earth Australia program, developed by Geoscience Australia, Digital Earth Africa will use data cube technology to translate over 30 years of Earth observation satellite imagery into information and insights on the changing African landscape and coastline.

Digital Earth Africa will use Open Data Cube technology that underpins Digital Earth Australia and the Africa Regional Data Cube. The Open Data Cube (ODC) is a global initiative to increase the value and use of satellite data by providing users with access to free and open data management technologies and analysis platforms.

This project will revolutionise land planning, agriculture, security, emergency response, climate change adaptation and mitigation, mining, environment analysis, and research.

Digital Earth Africa will transform the continent's capacity to process and analyse satellite data for better decision making across many areas, including water, forest and coastal resource management, agriculture, and urban development supporting the sustainable development of Africa, improving the lives of every African citizen.

Project overview

Digital Earth Africa is driven through a collaborative partnership that includes GEO, Geoscience Australia, AfriGEOSS, and the World Economic Forum. Find out more, download the Digital Earth Africa Project Overview.

Get involved

For more information on how you can contribute to Digital Earth Africa, please contact: Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations, GEO Secretariat. Email: