What is the Copernicus
Jupyter Notebook
Competition about?

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the community that participated
in this competition!

For this competition, we are calling on bright minds from around the world to showcase their skills and develop new Jupyter Notebooks using Copernicus data that will help others understand and work with this data. And the best notebooks will win cash prizes.

Accessing and fully utilising Earth observation data can be difficult, at least, to begin with, this is where the Jupyter Notebook Competition comes in. Thus, if you have experience in coding, data science or Earth observation, you could contribute to increasing the availability and accessibility of Copernicus data.

Share your environmental story, a visualisation of climate data, or even a how-to on new machine learning techniques. Show us your creative approach to developing a notebook that captures the potential of Copernicus environmental data.

With your help, we aim to build a community-driven resource of notebooks on the Copernicus WEkEO online platform that will empower others to start their own journeys with Earth observation data. WEkEO provides free online access to all Copernicus datasets and features the Jupyter Lab, where you can develop and test your notebook.

This open-source library will undoubtedly expand big data analytics literacy in Earth observation and data science, as well as kickstart training for the next generation of users.

We are WEkEO

Our ability to harness the power of Earth observation data from satellites is increasing at a phenomenal rate. Thanks to initiatives like the EU’s Copernicus Programme, we have seen the launch of the Sentinel satellites, a ground-breaking achievement that delivers a huge data boost from space.

At this very moment, the Sentinel satellites are in orbit hundreds of kilometres above the planet, beaming down a constant flow of freely available data (16 TB/day) on our environment for us to use. The data delivered by the Sentinel satellites can be accessed through points called DIAS (for “Data and Information Access Services”).

WEkEO is the EU Copernicus DIAS reference service for environmental data, virtual processing environments and skilled user support. In addition to the Jupyter Lab, WEkEO already supports a wide range of user communities that are harnessing the power of Copernicus environmental data and will continue to provide solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. The platform is operated by EUMETSAT, ECMWF, Mercator Ocean International and the European Environment Agency.



Explore the vast range of Copernicus data and realise its possibilities to derive insights about our environment and climate.

the future

Help shape our future! Your ideas could make a real difference. Imagine enabling others to follow in your footsteps by working with Copernicus data and information.

Win cash

The top teams will win prizes from a cash pool of 5,000 euros.

your skills

Gain hands-on experience while innovating with data, so you can advance your skills and highlight your expertise to the wider community.



Select from four tracks, or impact areas, to develop your notebook. When you have selected a track you can then choose to work with land, marine, climate, or air quality thematic data, or combine different data sets in new ways – the choice is yours!

The top notebooks will be awarded with a cash prize and showcased on the WEkEO platform, allowing even more individuals to work with Copernicus data.

Exploit the broad range
of Copernicus Data

Develop a Jupyter Notebook that shows others how to access and work with Copernicus data across ocean, atmosphere, land, and climate themes. You could even combine data sets in innovative ways to highlight the added value of data fusion.

Visualise changes
to our environment

Build a top-notch Jupyter Notebook that brings Copernicus data to life and enables others to visually understand how our planet is changing.

Innovate with
Artificial Intelligence

Create a Jupyter Notebook that presents new ways of working with Copernicus data and machine learning algorithms to generate insights on our environment. Build more accurate and sophisticated models.

Bring awareness to
challenges on planet Earth

Shape a narrative with your Jupyter Notebook by writing the ultimate impact story.


The Copernicus Jupyter Notebook Competition started on 25 April and runs until the close of applications on 4 September at 16:59 CEST.

Use your skills and knowledge to create and submit a notebook that will help others work with and understand Copernicus Earth Observation data. Simply follow the below process and choose one of the four tracks that interest you and leverage the WEkEO platform with Jupyter Notebooks to help your fellow data scientists access Earth observation data!

Register on the
competition platform

Choose your track
and thematic data

Register for WEkEO to
discover Copernicus data

Create, iterate & submit
your notebook

The solutions will be evaluated by a panel of independent judges, and the winning teams will be awarded cash prizes.

The Jupyter Notebooks will also be made available on the WEkEO platform to help others gather intel about Copernicus data so that they, too, can kick-start their own learning paths.



The competition is funded by the Copernicus Programme and has been developed as a joint project with EUMETSAT, ECMWF, Mercator Ocean International and the EEA. The organisations also operate the WEkEO platform.

Any person who is over 18, or of legal age in their jurisdiction more participants from Europe and beyond can participate in the notebook competition.

Register on our platform here and submit your notebook before September 5, 2022 (16:59 PM CEST).

You can either enter individually or as a small team. If you work with a team then you need to appoint a team leader. This team leader will be the main contact point between the organisers and the team. All teams can include up to a maximum of five team members.

Each submission will be done on our competition platform and must consist of:

  • A link to a Jupyter notebook or the notebook (.ipynb) itself
  • Include any relevant information needed to run the notebook
  • A pdf version of the notebook with any outputs displayed

The submission must be made by September 4, 2022 (16:59 PM CEST)

For your notebook to be eligible for the prizes, the following criteria need to be fulfilled:

  • Notebooks should use the recommended template available on the WEkEO Github
  • Notebooks should work on the WEkEO JupyterLab platform. Additional libraries used should be compatible with an MIT licence
  • The final submission also needs to be open source i.e. shareable under an MIT licence
  • The notebook needs to make use of Copernicus data and information
  • External datasets may be used, but need to be open source and accessible via an API
  • Notebooks should use the WEkEO HDA API

Yes, upon registration and submission of the notebook, each participant will receive a participation certificate.

There is no limit to the number of submitted notebooks as long as they meet all requirements.

To consult previous notebooks, you can visit our WEkEO GitHub.

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