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The FAQ applies to Terrascope and Proba-V MEP. Please note that the FAQ is in English only.

Frequently asked questions


What is a Notebook?

A notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text.
It is based on the Open Source Jupyter notebooks application, and tailored to the needs of remote sensing users. Each notebook has direct access to the Terrascope, PROBA-V, SPOT-VGT and Copernicus Global Land datasets.

How to work with Notebooks?

Notebooks are only enabled for users on specific demand. If you want notebook access, use the 'Request notebook access' form.

On https://notebooks.terrascope.be, you can login to the notebooks application with your Terrascope username and password, which is the same account as used on www.vito-eodata.be or PROBA-V MEP.

Notebook samples

By default, some sample notebooks are provided under folder Private/notebook-samples. You may want to run git pull inside this directory to get the latest version.

The samples are subdivided in two sections:

  • datasets: notebooks using either Sentinel or PROBA-V data
  • tools: notebooks using tools provided by the Terrascope platform (e.g. SNAP, R, catalogclient, etc ...)

Sharing notebooks

Notebooks can be shared with other Terrascope users by moving them to the Public folder. Your notebook then becomes accessible for other users under folder /data/users/<your_username>/<path_to_notebook>.

Installing additional packages

You can install additional Python packages. For a Python 2.7 notebook, include a cell like this to install the mpld3 library:

import sys
! pip27 install --user mpld3

The notebook environment also supports opening a terminal, in which this command can be executed as well. Packages are installed in your home directory, which is persistent across notebook restarts.


Leaflet support in older (<3.6) Python versions?

In the jupyterlab interface leaflet support is broken for Python35. However, it can still be used when you switch to the Jupyter classic interface (via Help > Launch classic notebook). Another option is migrating to Python36 where leaflet works in both the lab and classic interfaces.


How to use the OGC WCS service?

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