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Andrew Zolli

Andrew Zolli is the VP of Global Impact Initiatives at Planet.

Planet Becomes First Private-Sector Data Provider to Directly Support the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters


From Hurricane Maria to massive floods in India, the increasing occurrence and intensity of natural disasters around the globe has created a need for greater coordination between the private and public sectors to improve disaster preparedness and emergency management. Planet supports these efforts, and is happy to share that we have become […]

Planet Announces New, Flexible Emergency and Disaster Management Solution


Massive floods in Peru. Earthquakes in Mexico. Hurricanes and wildfires in the United States. 2017 was an unprecedented year for natural disasters around the world, inflicting a tragic toll measured in lost lives, displaced communities, damaged property, and economic and ecological disruption. In the U.S. alone, NOAA estimates that weather-related disasters cost […]

Access Planet Imagery for Natural Disaster Response at


In the hours, days and weeks following a natural disaster, critical questions loom: How extensive is the damage? Where are people and infrastructure most affected? Where should scarce response resources be deployed to save lives, reduce suffering and protect property? By providing perspective and context, Planet’s satellite imagery can play a vital […]



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.   The International Charter for Space and Major Disasters has been activated for […]

Ecuador Earthquake Data Available Under Open License


The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on Saturday has taken hundreds of lives and displaced thousands. Ordinary citizens, rescue crews and aid workers are doing everything they can on the ground to help survivors, assess damage, and direct relief efforts.

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals


At Planet Labs, our “Mission 1” is to image the whole Earth, every day and make global change visible, accessible, and actionable. To do that, we’re developing a breakthrough technology platform: a large constellation of small, Earth-observing satellites, ground stations and related software and services that will, in the years to come, […]

Responding to the Nepal Earthquake


Update (5/13/15): Read this great blog post by Zooniverse to learn how satellite imagery and coordination between many organizations enables relief efforts. Update: We have just completed a mosaic of our archival, pre-earthquake imagery to aid disaster assessment efforts. For access, email The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck late Saturday […]

Building the Humanitarian Stack


In a crisis, actionable information is the most valuable resource — and often, the scarcest. The ‘fog’ that follows an earthquake or a typhoon, or that is intentionally imposed by parties to a civil conflict, can greatly hamper humanitarian response. Now, new tools and technologies promise to lift that fog, and make […]

Towards Planetary Stewardship


If you could take a picture of the whole world every day, what could you see? It’s a simple question, with a fantastical, almost childlike premise. But let’s indulge. Undoubtedly, you would observe an immense amount of beauty — the byzantine fractals of the Grand Canyon; the zen stillness of the sun […]

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