Planet is strongly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, the most ambitious development agenda ever. Creative solutions that use Planet data, complemented by other data sources such as the Copernicus programme and additional data sources, can play a crucial role in reaching the world’s collective goals. The most compelling solutions should have a strong technical underpinning, be feasible and achievable.
Planet has identified the following areas of interest for participants to focus on:
Sustainable cities and communities, for instance:
– Detect and analyse the proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing
– Determine the ratio of land consumption rate to population growth rate
– Understand the average share of built-up areas in cities that is open space for public use for all, by gender, age and persons with disabilities.
Life on land, for example:
– Determine forest area as a proportion of total land area
– Measure the proportion of land that is degraded over total land area
Submissions are not limited to the above mentioned. Solutions that propose Planet imagery in combination with Copernicus data for sustainable development are also welcome.
Submissions to Planet “See Change, Change the World” Challenge will be assessed against the following criteria:
Does this solution contribute toward the sustainable development of our planet?
Is the solution a novel and ground breaking application of Planet data?
Planet and Copernicus Connection
Does the solution use both Planet data and Copernicus data to create added-value?
Does the solution present a viable business model that considers the cost of operations and Planet imagery?
Illustration Photo: Deforestation near the northwestern Brazilian city of Rio Branco has made its mark on the rainforest over the last 30 years. In this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image from 05 August 2016, we can see where vegetation has been cleared away for logging, farming and other activities. Rainforests worldwide are being destroyed at an alarming rate. This is of great concern because they play an important role in global climate, and are home to a wide variety of plants, animals and insects. More than a third of all species in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest. Unlike other forests, rainforests do not grow back when they are destroyed and, owing to their composition, their soils are not suitable for long-term agricultural use. With their unique view from space, Earth observation satellites have been instrumental in highlighting the vulnerability of the rainforests by documenting the scale of deforestation, particularly in remote areas. In this false-colour image, vegetation appears red to help us better distinguish between vegetated and non-vegetated areas. (Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA)