The EnMAP-Box is a free and open source plugin for QGIS. It is designed to process imaging spectroscopy data and particularly developed to handle data from the upcoming EnMAP sensor. The two main goals of the development are to provide (i) state-of-the-art applications for the processing of high dimensional spectral and temporal remote sensing data and (ii) a graphical user interface (GUI) that enhances the GIS oriented visualization capabilities in QGIS by applications for visualization and exploration of multi-band remote sensing data and spectral libraries. Therefore, the algorithms provided in the EnMAP-Box will be of high value for many other, especially multi- and hyperspectral EO missions.

The EnMAP-Box plugin bridges and combines efficiently all advantages of QGIS (e.g. for visualization, vector data processing), packages like GDAL (for data IO or working with virtual raster files) and abundant libraries for Python (e.g. scikit-learn for EO data classification and PyQtGraph for fast and interactive chart drawing). The plugin consists of a (i) graphical user interface for hyperspectral data visualization and e.g. spectral library management, (ii) a set of algorithms, and (iii) a high-level application programming interface (EnMAP API).

The EnMAP-Box is developed at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universität Greifswald under contract by the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ and is part of the EnMAP Core Science Team activities. It is funded by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) - Project Management Agency, granted by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi; grant no. 50EE1923).