About Pangeo

Pangeo is first and foremost a community of people working collaboratively to develop software and infrastructure to enable Big Data geoscience research.

Some of the products produced by this community include interconnected software package and deployments of this software in cloud and high-performance-computing environments. Such a deployment is sometimes referred to as a Pangeo Environment.


There are several building crises facing the geoscience community:

  • Big Data: datasets are growing too rapidly and legacy software tools for scientific analysis can’t handle them. This is a major obstacle to scientific progress.

  • Technology Gap: a growing gap between the technological sophistication of industry solutions (high) and scientific software (low).

  • Reproducibility: a fragmentation of software tools and environments renders most geoscience research effectively unreproducible and prone to failure.

Pangeo aims to address these challenges through a unified, collaborative effort.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to cultivate an ecosystem in which the next generation of open-source analysis tools for ocean, atmosphere and climate science can be developed, distributed, and sustained. These tools must be scalable in order to meet the current and future challenges of big data, and these solutions should leverage the existing expertise outside of the geoscience community.


To accomplish this mission, we have identified three specific goals.

  1. Foster collaboration around the open source scientific python ecosystem for ocean / atmosphere / land / climate science.

  2. Support the development with domain-specific geoscience packages.

  3. Improve scalability of these tools to handle petabyte-scale datasets on HPC and cloud platforms.

Get Involved

The Pangeo community is completely open to involvement from anyone with interest. There are many ways to get involved:


For information about the governance of the Pangeo community, view our governance repository, which includes our governance document and list of Steering Council members.

For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions.