Accessing Planet Imagery to Accelerate Humanitarian Response

Satellite imagery in a critical tool for improving the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of responses to natural and manmade disasters.

Planet encourages the use of such imagery through support of the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters. We also occasionally make imagery available directly to the public, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and and other coordinating bodies.

In such circumstances, we make immediate pre-event and post-event imagery available for direct download, below. We also provide API keys to our platform, for a fixed time, to ensure that humanitarian actors have access to ongoing imagery collection.

Our most up-to-date offerings will always be listed here.

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Requesting Platform Access

To get access to data regarding a specific disaster event on our platform, please email disaster-access@planet.com with details of your request. Platform access includes online tools for viewing, selecting, and downloading data, as well as API access to download data in bulk. In the platform, you’ll have access to specific Areas of Interest, defined by each disaster affected area, and access will automatically terminate on the date indicated below.


Receiving Notifications

If your organization would like to receive email notification when new disaster imagery is made available, you may sign up for the Disaster Alerts mailing list by emailing disaster-team@planet.com, with your name, the name of your organization, and your title.


Data License

All data is made available in two variations of the Creative Commons open-source license:

  • Commercial entities are granted access to our data under the CC-BY-SA licence, 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.

Licences to data made available under the above terms do not expire.


Tell Us What You’re Doing!

If you use our data in disaster-response activities, please let us know -- we’d like to track use cases, outcomes, and impact. Please email us at disaster-team@planet.com.


Disaster Research

Through our Ambassador’s Program, work with a wide variety of academic and research institutions to develop new tools, approaches, and methods for improving disaster response. If you have a research project that meets the criteria, we encourage you to apply.

Recent Disaster Datasets


Earthquake in Philippines

Lat 9,8°N Lon 125°E

International Charter Activation 599

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on 10 February.
Eight people have been killed in Suriago City, and more than 200 injured in what has been described as the most powerful earthquake the city has experienced since 1879.
The epicentre of the earthquake was off the coast of Mindanao, 14 km north-east of Suriago.
It is estimated that over a thousand homes have been damaged or destroyed and over a hundred aftershocks have struck the region. Reports suggest that at least 50 villages in the area have been affected.

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Surigao City, Mindanao, Philippines. Before the earthquake. Planet Scope Image from December 10th, 2016.

Fires in Chile

January 24 2017

Lat -38.98° Lon -64.09°

International Charter Activation

A state of emergency has been declared in south-central Chile due to the worst forest fires that the region has experienced in decades.
The fires began a week ago in the midst of a dry summer with record temperatures reaching 38°C. The Chilean National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry reports 32 active fires, affecting the O'Higgins, Maule and Biobío regions to the south of Chile's capital, Santiago.
Three firefighters have died while combating the flames, 78 homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people have been evacuated.
Almost four thousand people (among them firefighters, soldiers, emergency personnel and volunteers) have been working to control the fires and 29 are now under control. The government has requested international aid to cope with the large scale of the fires, with an estimated 100,000 hectares of forests already destroyed.

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Wild Fires, Argentina

January 6th, 2017

Lat -38.98° Lon -64.09°

Charter Call 597

In aprox. 2 weeks 1 million hectares have been consumed by wildfires in Argentina. The most affected areas include Buenos Aires, the central province of Pampa and the southern province of Rio Negro, across rural landscapes. The fires are thought to have been started by thunderstorms following a period of drought in the summer.
There are also concerns that the fires may have lead to the death of approximately 80% of wild animals in La Pampa.

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Fires in La Pampa, Northeast of La Adela Rural settlement. Fires stopped by a creek.

1 million hectares burnt in 2 weeks.

Cyclone in India

December 12th, 2016

Lat 13.033° N Lon 80.257° S

International Charter Activation CC596

On 12th December 2016 tropical cyclone Vardah, a Category 1 hurricane, struck the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, causing at least 10 deaths and forcing authorities to move tens of thousands of people from low-lying areas. The storm uprooted trees, brought down electricity pylons, overturned cars and did extensive damage to buildings as it tore across the city of Chennai.

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Totally Flooded settlements, South of Chennai, on December 13th.

Earthquake in Indonesia (CC595)

International Charter Activation

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck Indonesia's Aceh province off the north-eastern coast of Sumatra Island on 7 December. 102 deaths have been reported so far, with hundreds more injured.
The area of the Pidie Jaya district was closest to the epicentre and worst affected with at least 250 buildings damaged including a number of mosques, shops and a school.
Thousands of people have been left homeless in the aftermath.

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Maereudu before the earthquake, Imaged on October 1st

Storm in Costa Rica (CC594)

Created: November 29th, 2016
Updated: December 14th, 2016

International Charter Activation

Tropical storm Otto left a trail of devastation over northern parts of Costa Rica as severe rainfall caused widespread flooding and landslides. The storm has claimed at least nine lives and displaced over 6000 people. Several small towns and the infrastructure surrounding them were badly affected with high water levels, debris and reports of bridges being destroyed. Tropical storm Otto is the southernmost and largest forming hurricane to ever hit the region, Costa Rica hasn't been hit by a hurricane since 1851.

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Automatic generated Mosaic produced in few hours out of images that Planet acquired after the Floods were reported (Nov. 25th until Dec. 8th

Fires in Isreal (CC593)

International Charter Activation

Wildfires broke out in the Jerusalem and Haifa regions of Israel on November 18. They were in the extinguished on November 25. Worst affected by the fires was Haifa, one of the largest cities in Israel. No casualties were reported, but 80,000 people were evacuated and 527 buildings were destroyed, leaving 1,600 people homeless. It is estimated that the fires destroyed 32,000 acres of land, which includes forests and urban areas.

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525 Building were destroyed, according to the International Charter for Space & Major Disasters

Settlements were surrounded by fire

Floods in Panama (CC591)

International Charter Activation

After days of heavy rain, hundreds of people have been affected by floods in the provinces of Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro, Veraguas and Los Santos. It is estimated that at least 100 homes have been damaged.

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Automatic generated Mosaic produced in few hours out of images that Planet acquired after the Floods were reported (Nov. 25th until Dec. 8th

Typhoon Haima in the Philippines (CC590)

International Charter Activation

Super Typhoon Haima hit the Philippines on 19 October, leaving 14 people dead and causing widespread damage to the northern part of the archipelago.
Haima made landfall in Cagayan Province on Luzon island, with central winds of 225kph and gusts reaching 315kph. Landslides - which accounted for the 14 people who were killed - and debris scattered by the storm also complicated rescue operations by disrupting access to some locations.
Typhoon Sarika additionally hit the Philippines mere days before Haima arrived. While Sarika was a weaker storm, it left three dead and 10,000 homeless.

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Pamplona, Cagayan Region.

Tuguegarao City, October 22th

Cagayan Region. Pamplona and Abulug between August 27th and October 23th, 2016. Planet Scope, false colour composite.

Flood In Panama (CC589)

International Charter Activation

Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding in Panama, in particular the province of Darien and Tonosi. More than 3000 people have been displaced as the National Police began to evacuate families in the worst affected areas.
Hundreds of people have been left homeless in what has been described as the worst flooding the area has experienced in years.

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Los Santos, Image acquired the day of the Charter Activation

Hurricane Matthew (CC581-587)

International Charter Activation

Hurricane Matthew severely impacted the southern coast of Haiti on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. This is the worst storm Haiti has experienced in many years, and the damage to homes, crops, livestock and transportation is expected to be extensive.

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Dominican Republic
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Mosaic Acquisition Range:
01/06/2016-30/10/2016
Available through Platform until:
Oct. 30th 2016
Date Posted:
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Haiti Mosaic, made of last 6 months of PS data.

Les Cayes, Haiti.

Santo Domingo 19.nov.2015/07.oct.2016, Dom.Rep.

DLR-ZKI map for Sto Domingo.

JAXA-EIGEO map of Bahoruco

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Flooding in New South Wales, Australia (CC580)

International Charter Activation

At the end of September, New South Wales, Australia experienced its worst flooding in over twenty years – with over one hundred buildings inundated and one thousand people evacuated.

The disaster took a particular toll on farming communities in the area, as the harvest was due to take place in November but crops were severely flooded. Thousands of cattle had to be evacuated to safer areas while water levels recede.

Mosaic Acquisition Range:
01/06/2016-30/10/2016
Date Posted:
September 27th, 2016
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Farmland flooding near Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.

International Charter Map, ZKI and Geoscience Australia

Archived Datasets

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