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Sub-daily Dove Imagery Used to Measure River Velocity

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If it were possible, a stationary observer in sun synchronous orbit would see one Planet Dove satellite rocket past every ~90 seconds. At polar latitudes, the relative speed of Earth’s rotation is much lower, like the inside tracks of a vinyl record. As a result, Planet often collects multiple images of the […]

RapidEye Imagery Used to Monitor Suspended Sediments in Tropical Rivers

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The flow of suspended sediment—fine particles carried by the water column—varies widely in tropical rivers, and can influence water availability, silting of reservoirs and pollution. Monitoring sediment loads over large rivers can be difficult with ground stations, making remote sensing a preferred solution. However, high spatial and temporal resolution are required to […]

Convolutional Neural Networks used to Detect and Classify Ships in Dove Imagery

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With daily imagery over ports and coastlines, one of the most useful potential applications of Planet’s Dove imagery is the detection and classification of maritime vessels. Ship tracking has a vital role in security, but the enormous number of ships at sea at any given time limits the effectiveness of classical, human-powered […]

Sowing Date Detection with the Planet Dove Constellation

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The date of sowing (or planting) of an agricultural field has an enormous influence over crop health and yield. With climate change, in many cases alteration of sowing dates may be critical for adapting to changing temperature and precipitation. Sowing too early can increase the risk of frost damage, while sowing too […]

Convolutional Neural Networks used to Detect Landslides in RapidEye Imagery

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Landslides pose a major threat to people and property throughout the world, and particularly in landslide-prone regions. Improving our ability to monitor those landslides can improve mitigation, and may ultimately reveal approaches that could predict certain types of landslides in the future. Omid Ghorbanzadeh, from the University of Salzburg, and his team […]

High Spatiotemporal Retrievals of Crop-Water Use for Precision Agriculture

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Global agriculture implicates roughly ¾ of all freshwater use on Earth. With demand on the global food supply increasing with population growth, and agricultural systems falling under greater stress due to climate change, water security is under increased risk. Remote sensing of evapotranspiration—the amount of water evaporated off, or transpired by vegetation—offers […]

Forest Biomass Monitoring with the RapidEye Constellation

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When working with forest carbon stocks and emissions, it is notable that there is no strictly “true” data. In order to directly measure carbon in forests, one would need to cut the vegetation, dry it, weigh it, chip it up, and push it through a mass spectrometer. This being a self-defeating enterprise, […]

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 […]

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