Digital Earth Australia

Digital Earth Australia (DEA) is a key piece of public data infrastructure that uses satellite data to detect physical changes across Australia in unprecedented detail. It will offer Australian private industry access to stable, standardised data from which it can innovate to produce new products and services and be competitive in global markets.

DEA will unlock the potential we know satellite imagery and data hold by simplifying both data access and analysis.

Over the last 10 years, FrontierSI has worked closely with Geoscience Australia, and other partners, to develop innovative software and techniques, and new standards in open source data and software.

FrontierSI led the first investments in the research that spawned DEA and with the announcements in the 2018-19 Federal budget for future funding, we are proud that GA has now taken our research and developed it into a world-leading capability.

FrontierSI is working with Geoscience Australia and appropriate individuals and industry representatives to develop an industry strategy to ensure DEA will generate value for the spatial industry, key growth sectors of the Australian economy, as well as the wider Australian economy.

This strategy will also align with the objectives and direction of the broader 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda.

A key goal of DEA is enabling Australian industries to exploit the full value of earth observation information to grow their business. In the past, satellite imagery and other geospatial datasets were downloaded, analysed and provided to users on a custom basis. This process was costly, time-consuming, and often for single purpose. By calibrating the entire data stream to the same standard in advance and making the data accessible in a high-performance structure collocated with a high-performance computing facility, the data can be viewed as enabling infrastructure for both data-intensive science and private sector innovation.

Further details about the latest industry consultation project can be found online: https://frontiersi.com.au/dea/