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Cutting-edge science using planetary data presented at AGU 2021


Curious Planeteer works to make Earth changes visible, accessible and actionable.

It’s that time of year again: nearly 30,000 geoscientists from around the world meet each December for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, the largest of its kind. Planet is always excited to see what researchers of innovative science applications have discovered using our data! This year, 70 abstracts were submitted by researchers accessing the data through channels such as our Education and research program, the NASA SmallSat Business Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program, and Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). The conference will take place as a hybrid virtual and in-person event this year from December 13-17.

Some of the highlights from this year’s presentations featuring Planet data:

  • PlanetScope’s combined high spatial and temporal resolution provides the unprecedented ability to perform phenological analysis of ecosystems at the individual tree level from orbit. Yasmin Fitts and colleagues from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and GET Géosciences Environnement Toulouse carried out such an analysis across the Sahel in West Africa.
  • A team led by Hannah friedrich at the University of Arizona used the fusion of sensors on PlanetScope, Landsat, Sentinel-2, and MODIS, along with passive radar and microwave data, to perform automated flood mapping through machine learning.
  • Using PlanetScope base maps through the NICI program, Nyein Soe Thwal of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and colleagues developed a transfer-learning approach for automated mapping of sugarcane in Thailand, the world’s second-largest exporter of the resource.
  • Sarah Wegmüller from the University of Wisconsin Madison gives a talk on a time series-based early detection and surveillance system that uses PlanetScope and Sentinel-2 satellite imagery to map abnormal mortality in forests.
  • Anders Björk from the University of Copenhagen will discuss mapping of the new lands exposed as the Greenland ice sheet recedes due to climate change.
  • Planet is organizing a whole session on Data Fusion for the Science of Earth Observation.

In addition, some Planeteers will present at the conference:

  • i will give a invited conference on how federally-funded U.S. researchers can access Planet data through NASA’s commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) program.
  • Rasmus Houborg, Senior Geospatial Fusion Engineer, will present a poster on monitoring the fusion of planets.
  • Our recently announced exciting Carbon Mapper project will be presented by Sara is shivering, Product Manager, Hyperspectral Imaging.
  • Solutions architect Samapriya roy discuss details of the NICFI program.

You can consult the full scientific program of the AGU fall meeting in line. Be sure to check out the lectures and / or posters mentioned here, and browse the program for other amazing scientific work that will help us better understand our ever-changing Earth.