For developers Introduction to the DEA Sandbox

The Sandbox is a space for experimentation with DEA data and the Open Data Cube

Published:22 March 2022

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The Digital Earth Australia (DEA) Sandbox is a learning and analysis environment for getting started with DEA data and our Open Data Cube. The Sandbox includes sample data and Jupyter Notebooks that allow you to experiment with DEA’s Earth Observation datasets and explore proof-of-concept applications. 

The Sandbox is free to use, and provides each user account with a managed environment with 2 cores with 16GB of RAM, 10GB of storage, and regularly used Python packages pre-installed. The Sandbox also includes Jupyter Notebook user guides to help you get started with DEA and the Open Data Cube. 

Please read the DEA Sandbox disclaimer prior to creating an account 

Create a DEA Sandbox account or log in here 


Get the docs and system updates 

Updates on data currently available for the Sandbox can be seen through the Digital Earth Australia Sandbox Explorer tool.  

You can view the current system status here. If you are experiencing an issue with the Sandbox that is not identified on its status page, you can submit this issue to, or post the issue on our  Slack channel