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On-orbit Wine Tasting? Monitoring Vineyards with Planet Satellites

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Lianas—woody vines, including grapes—are structural parasites. Climbing on their hosts to get to the sunlight means lianas can spend less energy supporting themselves, devoting more to producing leaves and fruit. The risk is that their wood is less robust to stress, like freezing cold temperatures. As the water in the plant’s veins […]

Dove Imagery used to Assess Economic Damage after a Wildfire in Haifa, Israel

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In November, 2016, Haifa, Israel experienced a fire on the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), causing damage to homes and other infrastructure in the urban forest landscape. The damage was visible in several Earth Observation datasets, including MODIS, Sentinel-2, and the Planet Dove constellation. Yaron Michael, in the Department of Geography and Environment at […]

Change Detection in 3D: Generating Digital Elevation Models from Dove Imagery

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Many communities live in mountainous or glaciated terrain, with a constant threat of landslides and avalanches. Remote sensing methods, including construction of digital elevation models (DEMs), have the potential to detect deformation of the Earth’s surface—not only horizontally, but also vertically. While active sensors like radar are excellent for detecting this 3D […]

Daily, High-resolution Leaf Area Index from Sensor Fusion with Planet, Landsat and MODIS

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Classic remote sensing for agricultural relies heavily on indices like NDVI (Normalized Differential Vegetation Index), which uses information from the red and near-infrared portions of the spectrum to provide an indicator of vegetation greenness and vitality. However, other indices, often implicating other parts of the spectrum, may provided added and actionable information […]

Charting Karst Topography in the Black Hills Region of South Dakota and Wyoming

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Straddling the South Dakota-Wyoming border, the Black Hills region is characterized by karst features—caves, sinkholes and other landforms created as water erodes dolomite and limestone deposits. Given the importance of water in creating karst formations, climate change has the potential to alter karst intensity. Barbara Theilen-Willige, Professor at Technical University Berlin, used […]

SkySat-3 Demonstrates Asteroid Imaging

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The proliferation of small satellites may make it easier to track near-Earth objects—asteroids and other potentially hazardous objects that could impact our Planet. In collaboration with Planet, Chengxing Zhai and team utilized SkySat-3 to demonstrate imaging of the main belt asteroid, 889 Erynia, and near-Earth oject 1998YP11. From January through April of 2017, SkySat-3 […]

Shoreline Changes in RapidEye Time Series of Pecém Port, Ceará, Brazil

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Shoreline geomorphology is the result of natural forces including tidal action and storm activity, as well as anthropogenic changes to coastal infrastructure that can alter shoreline evolution and stability. High temporal- and spatial-resolution imagery can increase our understanding of the mechanisms that lead to these changes, and determine the influence of human […]

Sensor Fusion of Planet, Landsat and MODIS Data for Unprecedented Land Surface Monitoring

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In the midst of a revolution Earth Observation, due to increasingly diverse and temporally dense data feeds enabled by cubesats and other sensors, there is a need to be interoperable across sensors. In the journal Remote Sensing of Environment, Rasmus Houborg and Matt McCabe present the Cubesat-enabled Spatio-Temporal Enhancement Method (CESTEM), which […]

Change Detection of Mediterranean Seagrasses Using RapidEye Time Series

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Seagrass beds are one of the most important ecosystems in the Mediterranean region, supporting an enormous diversity of marine fauna. However, with anthropogenic influences including dredging and modification of shorelines, pollution and other drivers, seagrass ecosystems facing increasing threats. To improve monitoring of seagrass extent, Dimosthenis Tranganos and Peter Reinartz from the […]

Tracking Dynamic Changes in Northern Surface Waters

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Using the Yukon Flats in Alaska as the test study area, Sarah Cooley and colleagues evaluated the potential scientific utility of the Planet Dove constellation for hydrologic modeling and research. The study concluded that Planet imagery can improve mapping and tracking changing inundation extent of hundreds of small, heterogeneous water bodies in […]

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