- Press Release
- Oct 31, 2023
Planet Gains Business Across Canadian Provincial Governments, Enabling Informed Disaster Response
Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL), a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, today announced that it has expanded contracts with existing customers across the Canadian provincial governments, including British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Alberta. Planet data and solutions will be used to support critical disaster response efforts during the Canadian fire season, and to monitor impacts of climate change on ecosystems, such as permafrost melt.
Quebec and the Northwest Territories are expanding their work with Planet as a result of ongoing wildfires and their impact on Canada’s public health and safety and natural resources. With Planet’s unique PlanetScope data, these provincial governments are monitoring wildfires activity in near-real time, allowing them to spot and track wildfires as soon as they begin and to monitor their rapidly changing pathways. Using Planet SkySat tasking satellites, the governments are gaining situational awareness with high-resolution imagery of the fires, enabling a rapid characterization of their severity and impact on the environment.
Additionally, the Alberta government recently used Planet Basemaps to help coordinate response ground crews and assess fuel loads this summer in relation to the ongoing wildfires and prevention efforts. According to reports, as of August 22, there were 1,000’s of fires actively burning across Canada, marking this as the country’s worst wildfire season on record.
The Province of British Columbia has licensed Planet mosaics for internal use by all provincial ministries. This service provides high resolution cloud-free color satellite imagery for the entire province, supporting decision making.
Planet satellite imagery also provides data to monitor other rapidly changing environments that are impacted by climate change. For example, the Northwest Territories Centre for Geomatics is using Planet data to monitor permafrost thaw as the arctic warms and ice conditions during the flooding season across its region.
Planet currently owns and operates the largest fleet of Earth observation satellites in history, with hundreds currently in orbit. These satellites act as a line scanner for the planet, capturing a near-daily image of all of Earth’s landmass. The high frequency of new images and the broad area coverage has been particularly useful for the Canadian provinces, which cover a vast landmass and a diversity of ecosystems.
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