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With Earth’s population growing at an exponential rate, the future of agriculture — in particular precision agriculture — will continue to grow in importance as the world works to support its population. Satellite monitoring, a key component of precision ag, aids in the analysis of everything from crop type and crop health, to yield prediction.

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Deimos-1, which is currently on a five-year campaign over the contiguous United States for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has an extremely wide swath (650 km) and high revisit rate of 2-3 days. Now, for the first time, that data is flowing directly to the UrthePlatform soon after it is captured and made available for rendering in any mapping application and in GeoTIFF format.

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  Where big ideas intersect For two years, the conference devoted to spreading ‘big ideas’ has called Vancouver its home. In 2014, TED’s flagship speaker series migrated from California and landed at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the main residence of UrtheCast and a frequent gathering place for Vancouver’s thriving tech sector. As one of the world’s most notable conferences, TED’s [...]

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One Heart-shaped Lake, Three Perspectives

Theras A. Gordon Wood ‐ Earth Imagery & Video

Sometimes, to see the whole picture, you need multiple views. Seen below from three distinct space-based sensors, a quaint heart-shaped lake bisects twin cities, wrapped in a network of streets, including Necklace Road. But at street level, things get real. The 400-year-old Hussain Sagar is a manmade lake located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and it's become a growing problem for municipal leaders amid increasing environmental concerns.

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Earth APIs: Ordering GeoTIFF Imagery

Theras A. Gordon Wood ‐ Data Science

In this technical post we’ll be introducing and giving a brief demonstration to highlight the capabilities of our new Ordering APIs. If you haven’t yet signed up for the UrtheCast Platform yet, create an account now. Ordering Satellite Imagery Traditionally, ordering historical satellite imagery has been an arduous process. Time-consuming at best (and perhaps fruitless [...]

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By Octavia Payne, Global Forest Watch Monitoring the world’s forests requires looking at things both large and small. With forests covering a vast 30 percent of the Earth’s land surface, large-scale public satellite programs help scan forests rapidly at medium and coarse resolutions. But to really understand how a forest is changing, or identify the [...]

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