gdalcubes: Earth Observation Data Cubes from Satellite Image Collections

Processing collections of Earth observation images as on-demand multispectral, multitemporal raster data cubes. Users define cubes by spatiotemporal extent, resolution, and spatial reference system and let 'gdalcubes' automatically apply cropping, reprojection, and resampling using the 'Geospatial Data Abstraction Library' ('GDAL'). Implemented functions on data cubes include reduction over space and time, applying arithmetic expressions on pixel band values, moving window aggregates over time, filtering by space, time, bands, and predicates on pixel values, exporting data cubes as 'netCDF' or 'GeoTIFF' files, plotting, and extraction from spatial and or spatiotemporal features. All computational parts are implemented in C++, linking to the 'GDAL', 'netCDF', 'CURL', and 'SQLite' libraries. See Appel and Pebesma (2019) <doi:10.3390/data4030092> for further details.

Version: 0.7.0
Depends: R (≥ 3.4)
Imports: Rcpp, jsonlite, ncdf4
LinkingTo: Rcpp, BH
Suggests: knitr, rmarkdown, stars, av, gifski, sf, tinytest, lubridate
Published: 2024-03-07
DOI: 10.32614/CRAN.package.gdalcubes
Author: Marius Appel ORCID iD [aut, cre], Edzer Pebesma ORCID iD [ctb], Roger Bivand [ctb], Jeroen Ooms ORCID iD [ctb], Lewis Van Winkle [cph], Ole Christian Eidheim [cph], Howard Hinnant [cph], Adrian Colomitchi [cph], Florian Dang [cph], Paul Thompson [cph], Tomasz KamiƄski [cph], Dropbox, Inc. [cph]
Maintainer: Marius Appel <marius.appel at>
License: MIT + file LICENSE
Copyright: file inst/COPYRIGHTS
gdalcubes copyright details
NeedsCompilation: yes
SystemRequirements: GDAL (>= 2.0.1), PROJ (>= 4.8.0), netcdf, sqlite3
Citation: gdalcubes citation info
Materials: NEWS
In views: Spatial
CRAN checks: gdalcubes results


Reference manual: gdalcubes.pdf
Vignettes: 1. Creating data cubes from local MODIS imagery


Package source: gdalcubes_0.7.0.tar.gz
Windows binaries: r-devel:, r-release:, r-oldrel:
macOS binaries: r-release (arm64): gdalcubes_0.7.0.tgz, r-oldrel (arm64): gdalcubes_0.7.0.tgz, r-release (x86_64): gdalcubes_0.7.0.tgz, r-oldrel (x86_64): gdalcubes_0.7.0.tgz
Old sources: gdalcubes archive

Reverse dependencies:

Reverse suggests: earthdatalogin, sits, theiaR


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