PATAGONIA GLACIERS, CHILE MAY 22, 2016

PLANET EDUCATION AND RESEARCH PROGRAM


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GET ACCESS. MAKE DISCOVERIES.

Are you a college student, researcher or professor? We’re looking for innovative academics, researchers and scientists to unlock the power of a one-of-a-kind dataset. You can now apply for access to Planet’s unique dataset for non-commercial research purposes. In an area as large as 2,000 square kilometers, you’ll have access to download imagery, analyze trends, and publish your results.

UNCOVER THREATS TO CORAL REEFS

Coral Reef Damage in South China Sea
DEC2015
JUL2016
NOV2016
JAN2017
FEB2017

"Planet’s constellation of ‘Dove’ satellites can give us a daily viewing of the South China Sea, which is critical since the region is naturally very cloudy. [We conducted] intensive series of additional underwater surveys, which when combined with the Planet Dove data in the field, helped us to determine that we can easily map the extent of coral reef. We were also able to map some of the deeper reefs. Our overall mapping accuracy ultimately exceeded 90 percent." - Greg Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science

MONITOR ARCTIC RIVERS AND GLACIERS

Sometime between December 30, 2016, and January 4, 2017, a small glacial lake in Patagonia disappeared. The lake—near the snout of the Viedma Glacier—drained when material damming the lake eroded away. Shortly after the lake drained, part of the Viedma Glacier collapsed into the dry lake bed (image right).

"In the Arctic, ground observations are sparse and obtaining large spatial scale data is difficult, meaning Arctic hydrology research often relies heavily on satellite imagery. While due to data limitations most Arctic remote sensing research has either focused on only the largest lakes and rivers or involved only one to two observations per season, through using Planet imagery I am able to examine much finer-scale patterns in surface water extent. The nearly unparalleled high spatial and high temporal resolution of Planet data allows me to detect daily to weekly-scale changes in surface water extent, analysis critical to understanding how climate warming impacts hydrologic processes in the Arctic." - Sarah Cooley, UCLA

STUDY TROPICAL RAINFOREST DYNAMICS

Striking yellow flowers dot the tree canopy along the banks of the Chagres River where it meets Lago Gatún—an artificial lake that forms the western half of the Panama Canal. The flowers belong to the large tree Handroanthus guayacan. Throughout the Panamanian Isthmus, the species produces an annual “big bang” flowering event that follows the first heavy rain at the end of the dry season.

Jim Kellner, Assistant Professor at Brown University, studies flowering dynamics for tropical trees in Panama: "For the first time, scientists will have access to dense image time series from high-spatial-resolution satellite data."

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MEET THE PLANET AMBASSADORS

From time to time, we encounter individuals with an exceptional education or research background, a truly novel project, and shared passion to use space to help life on Earth. By invitation, we may ask such individuals to serve as Planet Ambassadors. In diplomacy, when a new Ambassador is sworn in, she is deemed by the President to be “extraordinary and plenipotentiary”. The later means the Ambassador has “full powers”. For this exceptional group, whole countries, continents or even the globe may be accessible.


Ulyana HORODYSKYJ
FOUNDER, SCIENCE IN THE WILD; RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, NATIONAL SNOW AND ICE DATA CENTER
SCIENCE IN THE WILD

Greg Asner
AIRBORNE ECOLOGIST, CARNEGIE AIRBORNE OBSERVATORY
CARNEGIE AIRBORNE OBSERVATORY

Andreas KÄÄB
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
KÄÄB LAB

Jim Kellner
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, BROWN UNIVERSITY
KELLNER LAB

Sarah Cooley
PHD STUDENT, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
COOLEY HOMEPAGE

Meha Jain
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
JAIN LAB

Samapriya Roy
PHD STUDENT, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY
ROY LINKEDIN

Matt Mccabe
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
MCCABE GOOGLE SCHOLAR

Micah Farfour
SPECIAL ADVISOR, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
FARFOUR LINKEDIN

Matt Finer
RESEARCH SPECIALIST, AMAZON CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
MAAP PROJECT

Raycho Raychev
FOUNDER, ENDUROSAT; FOUNDER, SPACE CHALLENGES PROGRAM
SPACE CHALLENGES

Bas Altena
PHD CANDIDATE, DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
ALTENA HOMEPAGE

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for the Education and Research Program?

At present, Planet is accepting applications from students, researchers, technical staff and faculty at accredited universities. Nonprofit and government employees are not eligible.

What usage rights are granted with data access?

Users that are approved will have access to view and download imagery for non-commercial research purposes within an area up to 2,000 square kilometers, downloading as many as 50 images per day. Downloaded images can be published for illustrative purposes with attribution, such as in figures in peer-reviewed manuscripts, blogs and similar content. Planet data may not be sold or used in the development of value-added products or tools that might be sold.

What if I have a commercial use in mind?

That’s awesome! This just isn’t the right license for that. Our sales team would love to hear from you via this form.

I represent a university. Can my whole institution apply for access?

At this time, each user needs to apply for and secure their own account. However, our Sales team would love to hear from your institution directly, via this form

Can I teach a course with Planet data?

Absolutely yes! At present, each user needs to apply for and secure their own account. In the future we plan to offer additional resources to educators. If you have a compelling classroom and curriculum that needs more centralized access, please get in touch.

How do I cite Planet data in my work?

From a concept in our garage, to operating the largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites, many people have invested time and energy in developing and enabling access to Planet’s unique data feed. Please cite Planet when using our imagery and tools. To cite Planet data in publications, please use the following:
Planet Team (2017). Planet Application Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth. San Francisco, CA. https://api.planet.com.

How do I become a Planet Ambassador?

Planet Ambassadors are now selected by invitation only. To become one, show us what you've got by registering for the education and research access!

What is the RapidEye Science Archive (RESA)?

Through a partnership with the German Space Agency, German-based researchers are eligible to access even more data: up to 20 Million square kilometers of RapidEye data products. Learn more here.