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Hurricane Irma

September 7, 2017

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Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 hurricane threatening life and property from the Eastern Caribbean to the Gulf Coast. It is one of the most powerful storms the Atlantic has ever seen, and has already caused immense amounts of damage and nearly 10 lives lost as of September 7th, 2017. Planet is making emergency access to our imagery available to assist in response and recovery efforts.

How to get access to our imagery:

We make our disaster imagery available by two means:

Planet Explorer, our online imagery browser. We provide limited access to Explorer for up to 30 days to qualified disaster volunteer organizations, humanitarian organizations, and other coordinating bodies. Explorer is continuously updated with our most recent imagery (please see map below for exact region available). To gain access to Planet's Explorer, please email In your email, please provide your name, the name of your organization, and the purpose for which you wish to use the imagery.

Direct Download: We make a small but growing number of additional analytical imagery products available via direct download. Anyone may download these files, which are provided "as-is", below.

Data License:

Planet imagery (whether provided via Explorer or Direct Download) is made available under a Non-Commercial, Creative Commons license, meaning they may not be used for commercial purposes. Commercial entities are licensed under the CC-BY-SA license, which requires that any derivative products that use our data also be shared under the same license. Non-commercial entities (including humanitarian organizations, intergovernmental agencies, etc.) are granted access under the CC-NC-BY license, which does not require sharing of derivative products; if however such products are shared, there is a requirement that Planet be acknowledged as an underlying source of data.

Direct Download Links:

09/08/17 - Western Portion of Barbuda Island RGB (30 MB) - A 0.9-meter geoTIFF image of damage on the Western half of Barbuda Island, comprised of RGB (visual) bands and two JPEG files.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

Map showing the area available for download via Planet Explorer (highlighted in gray).

Map showing the area available for download via Planet Explorer (highlighted in gray).

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