The library has a subscription to the Planet Lab's Satellite Imagery, a database that includes PlanetScope daily 4-band imagery at 3 meter resolution from 2014 to present (8-band from 2020), and RapidEye daily 4-band 5 meter resolution imagery (2009-2020). Imagery can be accessed and downloaded via a web browser, desktop GIS plugin, and API. Our subscription is limited to a specific number of named user licenses. Certain members of Brown can request an account to be used for research purposes.
You can request a named Planet user account for scholarly research purposes: ongoing academic research, a dissertation, or a thesis. Accounts will not be issued for teaching purposes, coursework, or one-time class projects (see Alternate Sources at the bottom of this guide for free alternatives). You must be a current Brown student or employee that falls within one of these categories:
Requests will be processed within 1 to 3 business days during the fall and spring semesters. Processing time may take longer in winter and summer.
If you are not eligible for an account, you can make arrangements to visit GeoData@SciLi to access and download imagery on a one-time basis.
Download and usage limits:
To cite Planet data in publications, please include the following copyright notice:
"Image © 20xx Planet Labs PBC" (where xx denotes the year of the content used)
Planet provides different options for accessing data. The links below lead to documentation that describes how to use each service. Once you have an account, you can access services from your account menu.
Imagery: individual scenes that cover a small geographic area at a specific point in time
Basemaps: multiple scenes that have been processed and stitched together to depict a large, cohesive surface
PlanetScope 3m RGB image at optimal resolution, downtown Providence and East Side, Apr 25, 2023. Image © 2023 Planet Labs PBC.
Please note: Brown's subscription does not include SkySat 50 cm resolution archived imagery or tasking.
The imagery for Planet Labs is intended for users who need daily, high-resolution satellite imagery for finite portions of the earth, for research purposes. If you need basemaps for the entire planet, imagery for teaching purposes or class projects, don't require resolution below 30 meters, or you don't qualify for a Planet account, try these free alternatives.
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