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Launch of Aeolus VRE

23 Mar 2022

The Aeolus Virtual Research Environment (VRE) is a cloud service, which provides users with a web-based development environment in the form of a JupyterLab workspace.

It is the latest extension to the VirES for Aeolus service, allowing more direct and in-depth data exploitation of the Aeolus mission.

This Virtual Research Environment has been tailored and configured in collaboration with ESA, DLR and LMU (Ludwig Maximilians University), to provide a ready-to-go environment with all relevant tools and configurations, removing the necessity for scientists to setup and maintain their own local development environment.

The use of the same development environment makes the collaboration easier, as it ensures a shared implementation, which will run equally for all users, regardless of differences in their local development setup.

A dedicated Python package (viresclient) has been developed, which provides powerful data access capabilities, such as filtering for an area of interest or requesting specific parameters of the product. The client on the VRE interfaces directly with the VirES service, so that the data can be analysed without needing to transfer them to their machine.

A special emphasis has been placed on providing an extensive set of examples, showing how to access different products and interact with the data. The examples are accessible in the Aeolus Notebooks and also provide a great overview and introduction to the VRE capabilities.

These notebooks are also visible directly from the launcher, after connecting to the VRE.

A workflow demonstrating examples of the use of the VirES for Aeolus service
A workflow demonstrating examples of the use of the VirES for Aeolus service


Investigation and quick browsing of the data can be done on the VirES web client. Once an event is found, the information of products, location and time can be used in the VRE.

As a starting point, an example accessing the same product can be selected and modified to create your own analysis and plots. The results can be used for publications or can be shared with colleagues to further investigate the event.

Access VRE

If you already have a VirES for Aeolus account open the Aeolus VRE and directly use your workspace.

If you do not have an account yet, register now and start using the service.



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