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Forest and Land Use Satellite Monitoring from  Planet

Planet supports forest owners and stakeholders at the forefront of innovation with remote sensing technologies and data analysis delivered by the world’s largest fleet of commercial  satellites.

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Planet for forests and land  use

Powering Forestry 4.0: Planet Provides High-Frequency Insights Across Distributed Forest  Assets

Planet’s satellite imaging and data helps forest managers and timber operators optimize management practices to ensure productivity without compromising environmental stewardship or compliance with land use regulation.

High Cadence Imagery

Monitor forests in near-real time with the high cadence PlanetScope imagery and basemaps

Automated Analysis

Detect changes to forest health early with RGB and NIR images

Global Coverage and Archive

Optimize harvest operations over time with comprehensive Planet Basemaps and imagery archive

Simplified Access

Get fast and intuitive access through Planet Explorer, APIs, and integrations

With Planet’s high frequency, high-resolution satellite imagery, you can automatically track forest harvest and clearing, monitor forest health, and enhance forest management practices.

Case Study:
Automated Cutover Mapping with Satellite Imagery

Pan Pac automated the collection and reporting of harvested areas by using high frequency, 3.7 meter PlanetScope imagery. This resulted in significant time and cost savings for their team, streamlined reporting, and improved data accuracy.

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Timber harvesting

Streamline and Optimize Timber Harvest Operations Across the Logging Cycle with  Planet

Leverage Planet satellite solutions to define, monitor, and calculate tree harvest areas remotely. Use Planet data and analysis to inform harvest planning, auditing, and inventory.

Simplify Harvest Mapping

Automatically map clearcut boundaries with PlanetScope or SkySat imagery depending on resolution needs

Reduce Labor

Reduce manual efforts in the acquisition of harvest data

Forecast Accurately

Estimate timber inventory and capacity across distributed areas of interest.

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High-frequency, high-resolution imagery provides a persistent view of your forest operations, from planning to harvesting to reporting.

Forest monitoring and  management

Manage the Health of Your Forest with Planet’s Timely  Data

With Planet, monitor distributed assets, and track the life cycle of your trees to improve forestry operations and proactively manage forest health. With continuous imaging, detect change as it happens. Respond to natural disasters, pests, and disease in a timely manner.

Detect Change

Monitor change to land use over time using an archive of cloud-free Planet Basemaps

Assess Disaster Impact

Assess the impact of natural disasters in the immediate aftermath with PlanetScope imagery

Mitigate Disaster Risk

Evaluate risk and mitigate potential fires with vegetation analyses

Measure Forest Health

Assess the spread and impact of disease and other significant changes in forest health using NDVI


Pine beetle disease spreading in Mississippi


Pine beetle disease spreading in Mississippi

Validate redd+ and  mrv

Improve REDD+ Measurement, Reporting, and Verification with  Planet

Achieve accuracy, efficiency, and capacity gains in REDD+ measurement, reporting, and verification with Planet’s high resolution, broad coverage, and historical imagery archive.

Increase Reporting Accuracy

Move from sample-based estimations to broad-area land classification

Make Informed Estimations

Detect forest canopies and estimate carbon stocks and emissions at scale

Identify Deforestation Trends

Identify trends, assess and manage at-risk areas with Planet Basemaps

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These images show deforestation near the border of Chiribiquete National Natural Park in the Colombian Amazon from August 2017 through August 2019. Planet’s Basemaps provide global, cloud-free, monthly snapshots that allow monitoring of forests and other persistently cloudy areas.

Timely indications of illegal  deforestation

Detect Illegal Deforestation and Changes to Land Use with  Planet

Track and identify illegal deforestation and enforce permits and land use regulations with Planet’s high cadence, global satellite imagery.

Early Warning

Prevent widespread forest loss in a timely manner with early indication of deforestation and degradation

Track Illegal Events

Track and identify illegal logging with Planet’s high frequency Monitoring

Monitor Change Over Time

Monitor change broadly over time with Planet’s historic imagery archive

Real-Time Mapping

Map land use patterns with monthly, cloud-free Planet Basemaps

These PlanetScope images show deforestation that occurred between February 15 and July 9, 2019 in the province of East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Planet imagery may be used to detect and map deforestation events greater than one hectare. Results show that change caused by deforestation can be automatically extracted with high  accuracy.

Head of Resource Monitoring, Indufor

Pete Watt

Head of Resource Monitoring, Indufor

There is no other comparable commercial system offering the combination of sensing large areas in high spatial and temporal  resolution.

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Petr Lukeš

Remote Sensing Specialist,
Czech Republic Forest Management Institute (UHUL)

Planet’s rapid revisit times and high resolution are the most important factors, giving PlanetScope data advantages over alternatives both in forest monitoring and in forest area  estimation.

Researcher, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Dr. Hans Ole Ørka

Researcher, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Very early on, we recognised Planet’s daily imagery product as a game-changer for forest operations management. We wanted to ensure New Zealand forestry companies were at the forefront of the spatial and temporal resolution this technology  offers

Director, General Manager, Interpine

David Herries

Director, General Manager, Interpine

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Discover How Planet Satellite Imagery and Analysis Can Optimize Your Forestry  Projects

Planet’s satellite and platform innovations make high frequency, high-resolution imagery sources accessible, cost-efficient, and simple for forest managers and timber operators to integrate into their workflow.

Planet Monitoring

High frequency, global coverage

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Planet Tasking

On-demand, high-
resolution images

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Planet Basemaps

Current, complete,
analysis-ready mosaics

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Planet Analytic Feeds

Transforming imagery to insights

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Planet’s Professional Services team provides a range of services to help you efficiently integrate Planet data and platform within a forestry or land use context. Planet provides launch programs for onboarding, and a range of workshops to build and advance knowledge about the Planet Platform. Planet’s Professional Services also include expert guidance on the integration of Planet into your work, alongside a range of data services to optimize Planet.

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Ensure the Health and Profitability of Your Forests Today with Planet Satellite  Data

Trial Planet data and learn how you can better manage, protect, and enhance your forest operations, or get in touch with our sales team to learn more about our offerings.

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