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Earth Observation, the collection and analysis of big data covering vast regions, is transitioning to being done with cloud-based computing resources. This advance requires that fundamentals, ethics, and engagement are retained or emphasized in user education. Credit: Crowley et al. [2023], Figure 1
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Remote sensing with satellites, or Earth Observation (EO), is becoming more and more prevalent, with open access to near real-time data. Due to its wide availability, EO data has become indispensable for addressing Earth’s and society’s most pressing problems. Most applications are now being done through cloud-computing because of its many natural advantages, including open-access software, powerful computers, and a broad user community.

Crowley et al. [2023] provide a road map for educating future problem-solvers and users of cloud-based EO. They propose that, in addition to ensuring strong technical fundamentals, the opportunities provided by cloud-based EO should also ensure that ethical considerations and how to engage with the community of users, the public, and stakeholders are taught.

Citation: Crowley, M. A., Stuhlmacher, M., Trochim, E. D., Van Den Hoek, J., Pasquarella, V. J., Szeto, S. H., et al. (2023). Pillars of cloud-based Earth observation science education. AGU Advances, 4, e2023AV000894.

—M. Bayani Cardenas, Editor, AGU Advances

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