Virtual Laboratory

The place where scientists can focus on agriculture research and collaboration with colleagues – freed from the endless search for data, set-up of computational infrastructure, and other technicalities!

AVL's offer to the science community

Agriculture Virtual Laboratory strives to make an attractive offer to the science community for implementing and executing end-to-end workflows with EO data and derived products. Embracing open science principles, AVL will enable researchers to access, share, visualise, process and validate a variety of relevant data sets. Moreover, algorithms and workflows developed within the virtual laboratory may be published and shared, thus fostering collaboration at all stages of research.

To this end, the AVL system integrates several components

  • A web-based workspace including a Jupyter Lab, a visualisation service, the interface to the Thematic Processing subsystem, and an overview of the user’s own data and algorithms
  • TAO, the Thematic Processing Subsystem, providing  an engine for numerous common workflows and tools for agriculture research, e.g. Sen2Agri and Sen4CAP, as well as more generic tools such as SNAP, GDAL, and Orfeo
  • An Exploitation Subsystem based on a Jupyter Lab environment, providing convenient access to all data in a common analysis-ready format thus greatly facilitating the development and execution of complex workflows involving multiple datasets.
  • An interactive viewer to display, explore, and analyse data from the Thematic Processing and Exploitation subsystems
  • The data access layer, connecting heterogeneous data sets from different sources to AVL, greatly decreasing the burden of data management for researchers.

Community based

Initially funded as a 36-month project by the European Space Agency, the AVL is intended to be a community based, long-term initiative facilitating the continuous development of expertise and knowledge in agricultural monitoring and modelling based on the evolving Earth Observation (EO) capabilities. AVL is implemented by a strong, complementary team of four institutions, all experts in their respective fields.

Meet the AVL team !

Become an Early Adopter of the Agriculture Virtual Laboratory!

The Agriculture Virtual Laboratory invites young researchers to participate in a call for “Early Adopters” of the interface we build to for monitoring, analysing, and predicting agriculture extent and production and associated sustainable agricultural practices.


This call is directed at early career researchers to co-shape these early developments of the AVL. If you are a researcher at an early stage of your career, you are cordially invited submit a concise proposal for a self-contained project to showcase the potential and the limitations of the AVL and help shaping its future way.

Submit your proposal