Posts By
Joe Mascaro

Curious Planeteer working to make the Earth's changes visible, accessible and actionable.

Rescuing Stranded River Dolphins With the Help of Satellites

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Central Brazil’s Araguaia River flows over a thousand miles through rainforest, savannah and farmland. In dry season as the river’s water dwindles, endangered Araguaia River dolphins shimmy across sand banks to find pools of fish and deeper waters. Human-built irrigation dams can often block a dolphin’s path, trapping them in dwindling, shallow […]

Planet Observes Unprecedented Tree Die-off in California

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Rich oranges, deep reds and bright yellows dot otherwise olive-colored forests. But the colors are not leaves of eastern hardwoods announcing the arrival of autumn. No, they’re the death throes of vast swaths of coniferous forests in the Sierra Nevada foothills. From Yosemite all the way to Bakersfield, as many as 66 […]

Illegal Gold Mine Encroaches into Protected Rainforest

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From the beginning, Planet’s constellation of Dove satellites has been built around high-frequency imagery with the goal of near-real-time observation of change. Today, we saw one of the most striking examples of this value proposition. As part of Planet’s Ambassadors Program, analysts at the Amazon Conservation Association used high-frequency Planet imagery to […]

Meet Brice Ménard, Planet Labs Ambassador and Scientist-in-Residence

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When Planet launched the Ambassador’s Program a few weeks ago, we expected applications from all manner of Earth scientists. And indeed, innovative ideas have been coming in from geologists, cryosphere experts, forest ecologists and others. But one application was, well, out of this world. Brice Ménard is a professor in the Department […]

A Call for Ambassadors

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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, […]

Mapping Water Scarcity with MetaMeta

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In the attic of MetaMeta’s Netherlands office, the ceiling presses down on Frank van Steenbergen’s tall frame. “I wish I’d started MetaMeta ten years earlier,” he says, letting a broad smile settle onto his face. Frank, who bounces between Addis Ababa, Pakistan, Nairobi and the Netherlands on a monthly basis, almost never […]

An Unthinkable Impact

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When I was a boy, my father gave me a copy of Hiroshima by John Hersey. He also gave me a pencil, and told me to make a mark in the margin when I found a passage of particular interest. When the bomb fell, and the white light flashed—repeating over and over […]

Joining the Challenge: Planet Labs Partners with the Rockefeller Foundation

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From the start, we’ve been excited by the potential humanitarian applications of our Earth imaging data. Our lofty ambitions are now real and concrete; we’re humbled to announce our partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation to make global change visible, accessible and actionable for those who need it most. Our Earth imaging data […]