Planet Labs Workshop

Keynote – Welcome to Planet 
Time: Morning Block only 09:15 – 09:30

Instructor: Dr. Melania Guerra – Director of Science Strategy

E&R Program
Morning Block  0930 – 1030
Afternoon Block 1330 – 1430

General Overview of E&R Program with Use Cases (Morning Block 09:30 – 10:00/ Afternoon Block 13:30-14:00)
Instructor:  Julia Matejcikova / Aleksei Karpov

Tutorial description:

Our near-daily imagery empowers research at the speed of change and empowers any university-affiliated student, faculty member or researcher to study global change in real-time. Planet’s Education and Research program provides non-commercial access to PlanetScope and RapidEye imagery. Learn how you can access daily, high resolution imagery anywhere in the world to uncover, monitor, and study forest dynamics and identify deforestation.

Planet’s E&R programs users from the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague will present what they have achieved in their forest studies; demonstrating “Bark-beetle spread in natural park using Planet imagery and different classification approaches” and “ClearCut – the solution for deforestation monitoring and illegal logging control”.

(Morning Block 10:00-10:30/ Afternoon Block 14:00-14:30)

Instructor: Vladyslav Khramtsov

Tutorial description:
ClearCut – the solution for deforestation monitoring and illegal logging control
As a certified Third Party Mission in the European Space Agency’s Earthnet Programme, Planet’s high-frequency, high-resolution imagery is available to the Earth Observation community for non-commercial use. European scientists, researchers, and companies can leverage near-daily PlanetScope, high-resolution SkySat, and RapidEye archive data.

This tutorial will discuss the experience of one of the researchers who benefited from the ESA Earthnet program addressing the deforestation problem in Ukraine by applying a deep learning model that processes the multi-temporal satellite imagery to monitor deforestation in the forest-steppe zone. Additionally, it will compare the detection accuracy of using Sentinel-2 and PlaneScope data

NICFI – Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative Satellite Data Program

Morning Block  10:30 – 12:00
Afternoon Block 14:30 – 16:00
Instructor:  Luisa Teixeira, Timothy Gituma, Pooja Pandey

joined by Charlotte Bishop (KSAT) and Erik Lindquist (UN-FAO)

Tutorial description:

Morning Block  10:30
Afternoon Block 14:30

Through Norway’s International Climate & Forests Initiative (NICFI), users can now access Planet’s high-resolution, analysis-ready mosaics of the world’s tropics in order to help reduce and reverse the loss of tropical forests, combat climate change, conserve biodiversity, and facilitate sustainable development for non commercial uses.

In this workshop you’ll be getting started with NICFI Satellite Data Program. Learn about the Program and its data availability and uptake, and get some hands-on experience with the data and some example workflows on Planet Explorer, QGIS, and Google Earth Engine that lead you from sign-up to first analytics output.

Planetary Variables
Morning Block  12:00- 12:30
Afternoon Block 16:00 – 16:30
Instructor:  Mendy van der Vliet

Tutorial description:

The hydrological systems of our planet are as complex as they are vital to life on Earth. Monitoring this complexity is not easy, and acting effectively in response to shifting water resources is impossible without scalable, accurate, and consistent sources of data.  Planet’s Soil Water Content is a feed of high-resolution, globally available measurements of the water content of the soil, unhindered by clouds.  Combining observations from a range of satellite constellations, Soil Water Content delivers accurate, continuous, and scientifically rigorous data, providing vital intelligence about our dynamic water systems.

Learn more about how Planetary Variables work and how you might apply it to your cause.


Sign up on our registration page to receive all infos, pdf’s, etc., before and post workshop:
Participants need to bring their own laptop for the hands-on parts of the Tutorial

For NICFI tutorial having NICFI Satellite Data Program account ( is recommended.

For the UN-FAO SEPAL part of the NICFI tutorial it would be beneficial for the participants to connect the NICFI/Planet account to GEE ( and sign up for SEPAL (

Number of participants:

Max. 50


29th of August 9:15-12:30

29th of August 13:15-17:30


Room KL32/123