Planet provides access to a daily snapshot of the Earth’s land surfaces and coastal areas. If you would like access, please fill out this form. First check to see if you are part of a lab on campus that has its own Planet group, which can be found listed below. If you would like to create a sub-organization for your lab, there is an option on the form. You will be asked to re-register each spring.

If you already have an existing Planet Labs account associated with your email, please email us at first, so we can have Planet grandfather your account into our organization. 

More information about the imagery is below the video.

West Campus 2022-2023

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Sub-Organizations exist so that lab groups can work together. Current Sub-Organizations are:
*updated as of 6/12/23

  • Benioff Ocean Science
  • Climate Hazards
  • EDGE Lab
  • EmLab
  • GeoMorph
  • Jasechko Lab
  • Lambert Lab
  • McFadden Lab
  • SAND Lab
  • SeaSketch
  • Systemics
  • Tague Lab
  • TectGeo
  • Valentine
  • VIPER Lab
  • Waves

Planet Labs users are expected to provide the Library with notice when planning grant-funded projects using Planet imagery and when they publish their work.

Planet Labs has extensive documentation

Planet provides:

  • PlanetSat: ~ 3m 4 band imagery of the entire planet each day
  • SkySat: a growing archive of .5 m multi-channel imagery
  • Online analysis tools
  • A simple set of storymap tools (right-click on image below for playback controls)
  • Access to imagery via an API

Thanks to the Office of Research for providing 3 years of funding for Planet.

Lake Cachuma Water Levels: August 2022 - February 2023