Planet Incubator Program
About ASU's Planet Incubator Program
In 2019, Arizona State University joined forces with Planet as its first institutional data partner for higher education. Operating the largest constellation of satellites currently in low Earth orbit, Planet acquires daily global coverage of the entire landmass of our planet and its coral reefs at an astonishing three to five meter resolution. Many of these satellites are as small as a loaf of bread but, operating together, they collect over six terabytes of data every single day.Sign up
How You Can Benefit
All ASU students and researchers have free access to Planet’s growing catalog of imagery through the Planet Education and Research Departmental and Campus License program. Research that can benefit from this data includes: landcover change, vegetation applications, agriculture, hydrology and cryosphere research, coral reef research, as well as human geographical and social applications. The ability to observe environments frequently and at high resolution via Planet’s Dove and RapidEye satellites provides new insights into their dynamic properties.
Some of the potential educational opportunities with the data include:
- Python programming for Geoscience: Planet data is an excellent source of data with many Earth science applications.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Planet data can easily be ingested into popular GIS applications, opening up a variety of project opportunities for students.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Earth Science: Advanced applications such as AI and computer vision can utilize Planet imagery.
- Google Earth Engine: Planet’s API allows for users to feed their data into Google Earth Engine for advanced processing in the cloud.
Unlike most other free data, the images from Planet have a three to five meter resolution, much higher than the 30 meter data from Landsat or Sentinel. At that resolution, all kinds of opportunities open up to use object identification or artificial intelligence (AI) for advanced applications.
Not comfortable with something that sounds so techie? Not to worry, check out the tutorials below to learn how to roam through the data to identify and download the data that you need. The data exist in different flavors and formats, from visuals for general illustrations to analytic products for data science applications.
The tutorials are designed for various levels of expertise. The easiest one is to use the Planet Explorer or Basemap Viewer websites to roam through the data to filter through images by location, date range, cloud cover, and many other attributes. One you’ve identified the data that work for your project or application, you can download the data. You can also establish routine searches to always be on the look-out for the latest imagery of your area of interest (AOI). The possibilities are endless!
Mosaicking Planet Data Using QGIS
This tutorial will focus on the use of QGIS for mosaicking Planet Images, but similar functionality exists in ArcGIS. As an sample use case, this tutorial will create a mosaic of various tiles from a Planet basemap.