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Science Company

Descartes Labs

Jun 28, 2021 · 4 min read

Descartes Labs Achieves #40 in TOP500 with Cloud-based Supercomputing Demonstration Powered by AWS, Signaling New Era for Geospatial Data Analysis at Scale

Descartes Labs uses Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to run a 9.95 petaflops High-Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark, placing it #40 in the June 2021 TOP500 ranking. The company improves on its previous AWS-based 2019 TOP500 submission (1.926 petaflops, #136) by 417% in HPL performance and 96 ranking spots in only two years.

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Consumer Goods

Descartes Labs

Jun 24, 2021 · 5 min read

Quantifying the Intuitive: How Geospatial Data Helps Forecast Commodity Prices

Vaccine rollouts and sluggish supply chains still facing pandemic-related restrictions drove increased demand in the first half of 2021 for basic commodities like soybeans, sugar, vegetable oils, meat, and dairy.

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Mining

Descartes Labs

Feb 24, 2021 · 4 min read

Planetary Scale Intelligence for the Mining Super Cycle

Sentinel-2 false color image of an area near Death Valley National Park, CA. Enhancing mineral prospecting and tailings safety with massively scalable models of the earth “Covid is ushering in a new...

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Science

Descartes Labs

Sep 9, 2020 · 5 min read

Gaze into the Future with Downscaled Climate Models

The combination of global climate models and land cover data can be used to estimate the regional effects of climate change years into the future By Sepideh Khajehei — Sepideh is an Applied Scientist...

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Science

Descartes Labs

Aug 26, 2020 · 5 min read

Seeing Through the Clouds

Predicting Vegetation Indices Using Radar Imagery By Terry Conlon — Ph.D. Student in the Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University. Terry completed the following work as a Descartes Labs...

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Science

Descartes Labs

Aug 17, 2020 · 4 min read

How I Trained a GAN to Make It Snow

Non-snowy summertime imagery at left compared to synthetic snowy imagery over the same location at right. Generating realistic but synthetic images to test automated change detection algorithms By...

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Science

Descartes Labs

Jul 8, 2020 · 7 min read

Getting Back to Work with Economic Activity Signals

A three month Sentinel-1 SAR composite over Singapore with lighter colors capturing economic activity on land and at sea. Descartes Labs Economic Activity Signals uses multimodal remotely sensed data...

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Science

Descartes Labs

Apr 15, 2020 · 3 min read

Apply for Our Impact Science Program and Get Your Hands on the World’s Data

Descartes Labs opens up our second round of applications for free platform API access to individuals and small research teams The Donjek Glacier has temporarily dammed the Donjek River multiple times...

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Government

Descartes Labs

Mar 30, 2020 · 2 min read

Putting our Wildfire Detector to Work in New Mexico

The State Forestry Department will use our automated detector during the 2020 wildfire season In 2018, approximately 360,500 acres burned across our headquarters’ state of New Mexico. After a winter...

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Science

Descartes Labs

Mar 19, 2020 · 6 min read

COVID-19: The Road to Economic and Social Recovery

We will recover, but how will we know when? Updated with aggregated mobility data from Friday, June 5th, 2020 Review our aggregated mobility tracking methodology in our technical paper: Mobility...

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