Dr. Joe Mascaro is Planet's Director of Science Programs

A Call for Ambassadors


At Planet Labs, we’ve made it our mission to make global change visible, accessible, and actionable—but we can’t do it alone.

That’s why today we’re announcing our Ambassadors program, which empowers researchers, scientists, and social impact practitioners with access to our unique dataset. To power their work over a six month period, Ambassadors will gain access to our growing imagery archive centered around their geographic area of focus.

To kick the program off, we’ve set the bar high. Planet has partnered with Greg Asner, an airborne ecologist from the Carnegie Institution for Science. Asner operates a one-of-a-kind platform called the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, which operates a suite of sensors designed to probe ecosystems across multiple dimensions.

By enabling access to Planet’s frequent coverage of the Earth’s surface, Asner’s surgical airborne data collections can be scaled up across both space and time.

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Left: Carnegie Airborne Observatory’s latest campaign in Hawaii produced gorgeous looks at Halemaumau vent (Greg Asner / Carnegie Institution for Science). Right: Planet images the Halemaumau vent from orbit.

“The Planet Labs approach for ultra high frequency, high resolution monitoring is taking Earth science to a completely new level. For example, Planet imagery allows us to map rapid changes in California’s forest cover and health, which greatly improves our ecological models and forecasts,” Asner said. Read more about Asners work with sensors and droughts.

When a new Ambassador of the United States is sworn in, he or she is deemed by the President to be “extraordinary and plenipotentiary”. The later means the Ambassador has “full powers”. Can Planet help power your research? Apply today.