We live in a unique time in the history of our planet. Human activity has become the largest driver of change on the Earth. The systems that enable human flourishing—indeed all life—have come under unprecedented stress. And these stresses amplify new forms of connected change, volatility and risk.
In areas as wide ranging as food security, environmental monitoring, urban planning, disaster response, public health and climate resilience, better stewardship of humanity’s impacts has never been more important. And that stewardship is a job for all of us—it can’t just be done by a small group of specialists.
At Planet Labs, we’ve made it our mission to make global change visible, accessible and actionable for those who need it most. That starts with our flock of satellites, ground stations, and data centers, which will provide the highest cadence imagery of Planet Earth ever collected—everywhere, every day, on demand, at an affordable price.
Access to unique, timely data can change the way we approach global stewardship and help us tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. And the applications are limitless: from carbon monitoring and forestry to insurance and city services, new products and services that advance social good are waiting to be born.
Planet Labs works closely with a range of partners in environmental, social, and humanitarian sectors. We’re determined to help collaborators strengthen their data literacy, develop progressive monitoring tools and gain meaningful insights about our changing planet.
We’ve been fortunate to partner with forward-looking foundations and thought leaders to shape our Impact program. Recently, these have included:
A host of NGOs and nonprofits are also experimenting with our data, integrating it into tools that can do everything from crowdsource crisis response to monitor the fragile ecosystems.
Whether you’re a social innovator, a student or an NGO, there are several ways to engage with Planet Labs:
As part of the Global Resilience Partnership, convened by the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID, Planet will help the people of the Sahel, Horn of Africa and South and Southeast Asia build more resilient futures. Planet will help the winning Global Resilience Challenge teams hone problem areas and co-create solutions by providing data and technical assistance.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has operated the Landsat program across eight satellites and 42 years, and it is an invaluable resource for understanding our changing planet. Together with USGS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Mapbox and Planet have partnered to host Landsat 8 satellite data. Developers and designers can now get free and easy access via AWS, Mapbox and Planet’s platforms.
Planet has partnered with GreenQloud and Advania to create a “warm” backup of our global dataset at Advania's Thor Data Center. Abundant geothermal and hydrothermal power, combined with aggressive carbon mitigation strategies, make Iceland an ideal place to store data.