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Swedish Space Data Lab

The objective of the Swedish Space Data Lab is to increase the use of data from space for the development of society and industry and for the good of the planet. Swedish Space Data Lab, is a collaboration project between AI Innovation of Sweden, the Swedish National Space Agency, Rise and Luleå University of Technology.

Space data is now used in a wide range of fields. It is indispensable for weather forecasts and monitoring the climate, among other things, but it is also extremely important for forestry, agriculture and other fields in which up-to-date information about vegetation and the land surface is needed.

The Swedish Space Data Lab (former National Space Data Lab) will be a national knowledge and data hub for Swedish authorities' work on earth observation data and for the development of AI-based analysis of data, generated in space systems. The purpose is to increase the use of data from space for the development of society and industry and for the benefit of the globe. The goal is to get data, technology and methodology in place to systematically develop services and applications that use space data in the data lab.

The Swedish Space Data Lab project is partially financed by Vinnova and coordinated by AI Innovation of Sweden in cooperation with the Swedish National Space AgencyRise and Luleå University of Technology. The project is coordinated by AI Innovation of Sweden. 
Referens group: SkogstyrelsenSGISMHIJordbruksverketLantmäterietSSCNaturvårdsverket
Project period: 20190603-20210602

A national resource to Satellite data

By the Space Data Lab we create a national infrastructure for exploitation of space data in order to increase the possibilities of developing smart and effective AI solutions for everything from storage of space data to how you can manage constellations of satellites in orbit.

The users of the data lab will be primarily public authorities with responsibility for civil, environmental and natural resources, but will also be able to include everything from large forestry companies to individual farmers and private persons.

The Space Data Lab mission

  • Make space data easy accessible and contribute to innovations and applications based on space data 
  • Make data, processing capacity, software platforms & tools and methodology available to lower the threshold
  • Enable systematic development of services and applications based on space data
  • Create new possibilities – based on a real time, true situational awareness
  • Increase the pre-requisites for developing countries as well as technically advanced countries


Project Time Line


Project deliveries


  • Data cube for climate adoption - Lake Vänern

    This pilot has focused on the state of Lake Vänern with respect to water levels, vegetation and green regeneration. As increasing numbers of open beach areas are becoming overgrown with small trees and bushes, we need to monitor how fast and where overgrowth is becoming a problem in order to identify the locations that need to be maintained.


    By using the satellite data from the data cube, the pilot can show how the changes occur over time. Combined with machine learning it is possible to train the application in how to recognise areas that will soon become overgrown.


    Working group: Västra Götalands länstyrelseSwedish National Space AgencyRise and Luleå University of Technology. The pilot is developed in collaboration with Metria.


  • Data cube for climate adoption - Mälardalen

    The pilot focuses on measuring ground humidity to predict forest fires, which would have been useful during the summer of 2018 where large areas of forest in Västmanland were destroyed by fire. This is essential in view of the fact that the number of days with low ground humidity and a consequential high risk of fires is likely to increase in the future because of climate change.


    The pilot that has been developed aims to identify potential areas where there is a risk of fires and, for example, announce outdoor grilling bans in good time, increase water reserves reservoirs. It also allows us to track the damage that is caused by fires. The primary users of the application will be Västmanland county administrative board and insurance companies as a basis for customer risk assessment.


    Working group:  Rise and Västmanland county administrative board

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