Planet partners with the Taylor Geospatial Institute, the data is expected to be leveraged in research on food security, defense and intelligence

In exciting news, we have entered into a multi-year contract with Saint Louis University to support the Taylor Geospatial Institute (TGI), a leading collaborative institute in geospatial research. By bringing together eight universities and research centers in the Midwest, TGI aims to harness innovation in geospatial science and make scientific discoveries that address global challenges. With access to our satellite data, TGI It aims to enable researchers to explore critical issues surrounding global food security, basic geospatial science and computation, geospatial health, and national security.

As Planet’s largest direct university engagement ever, this agreement provides us with the widest potential university user community. Through this multi-user agreement, TGI member organizations will be able to access our data through our education and research programme. Members of the TGI Consortium are St. Louis University, Donald Danforth Center for Plant Science, Harris Stowe State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Missouri Columbia, and University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis. These institutions collectively have more than 5,000 faculty members and 100,000 students.

“This consortium enables Taylor Geospatial Institute to tap into the St. Louis area’s incredibly talented and diverse user community as they search for solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. We look forward to seeing the ways The myriads with which these students and researchers will use Planet’s satellite data to help us ensure global security and well-being.”

“With Planet’s unique satellite capabilities and archive, the Taylor Geospatial Institute can further its goal of driving innovation and impact through the latest geospatial technologies. We also see access to Planet’s data as vital to developing future leaders in geospatial science. Massive, time-stamped satellites from across the planet, our students and researchers can move forward with providing advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, and geospatial insights into major societal challenges related to food, water, human insecurity, and caring for our planet,” said Fasset Sagan, Ph.D., associate professor at Saint Louis University. and Acting Director of the Taylor Geospatial Institute.

TGI joins a recent group of geospatial investments in the St. Louis area, including a new western headquarters for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) with investments of more than $1.7 billion. This new facility is being built to include up to 40% of its operating space on the unclassified level. This will enable students and researchers to collaborate frequently with NGA. It will also deepen St. Louis University’s existing partnership with NGA, which includes collaborative research and development, geospatial training programs, and the annual Geo-Resolution Conference. With access to our PlanetScope archive, TGI researchers can obtain daily 3-meter satellite imagery of sites of security importance, such as military build-ups along the border. These researchers will also be able to take advantage of the SkySat high-resolution mission satellites, allowing them to capture rapidly changing events with 50cm accuracy, such as the immediate effects of missile attacks or detailed images of foreign bases. These capabilities can further help these analysts generate skills vital to the future of the defense and intelligence workforce.

Located in the fertile heart of America, these institutions also advance agricultural research to ensure food security in the current changing political landscape. As the world faces uncertainty about global supply chains and food security, having advanced and timely analyzes on agricultural production and distribution is more important than ever. With our datasets, TGI partner organizations can publish research on crop yields, gain timely insights into irrigation, and help the industry create climate-smart agricultural practices. Through high-frequency datasets and archived satellite data, researchers can assess change on a daily basis and compare output from season to season. By incorporating these data sets into the models, TGI analysts can predict crop shortages early, enabling the agricultural sector to respond appropriately to ensure food security.

This partnership represents a step forward for the geospatial community. By providing broad access to our cutting-edge satellite data capabilities, TGI is building a global center of excellence in geospatial research and ensuring that their collaborative network of students and researchers has the toolkits they need for the future.

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