Science (4) - Meditations

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James Orsulak

Jun 14, 2018 · 4 min read

Rise of the Living Supply Chain

Synthetic Aperture Radar image of the the Port of Shanghai: the busiest port in the world and ground zero for most of the world’s supply chains   Supply chain is an interesting term. What is it? It...

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Descartes Labs

May 17, 2018 · 3 min read

Measuring Volcanic Earth Displacement Using Interferometric SAR

Figure 1: An interferogram from a pair of collections made during descending passes. The fringes to the left are surface deformations centered to the east of the Kilauea summit and lava lake. The...

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Descartes Labs

Apr 20, 2018 · 4 min read

Global-scale water monitoring in the cloud

The many shapes and colors of water, from a silt-laden river in Louisiana to Lake Mead, Nevada to the Great Salt Lake, Utah. All images from the Sentinel-2 satellite. Water plays many roles in our...

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Descartes Labs

Oct 19, 2017 · 3 min read

Assessing the damage of California’s wildfires

Over the past week, we’ve watched in horror as wildfires tore across Northern California. With a deep data archive of satellite imagery and expertise in remote sensing, we also wondered what we could...

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Mark Mathis

Sep 22, 2017 · 2 min read

Multi-dimensional Choropleth Maps using PostGIS, GeoServer, and Google Earth

A choropleth map is a “thematic map in which areas are shaded or patterned in proportion to the measurement of the statistical variable being displayed on the map, such as population density or...

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Descartes Labs

May 24, 2017 · 8 min read

Fighting Wildfires Using a Cloud-based Supercomputer

In the wake of yet another season of significant wildfire activity across the US and in particular California, our drought-weary states brace for the start of a new wildfire season that will once...

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Descartes Labs

May 1, 2017 · 9 min read

Mapping the land from space (in the Cloud)

There are at the very least six separate global land cover mapping efforts. The European Space Agency (ESA) just released an unprecedented 24 annual global land cover maps as a part of the Climate...

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Ryan Keisler

Mar 7, 2017 · 3 min read

Science

Descartes Labs

Feb 6, 2017 · 3 min read

Using Petabytes of Pixels with Python to Create 3 New Images of the Earth

Today we’re excited to share three new satellite imagery-based maps of the earth, made here at Descartes Labs. These are global composite images constructed using data from the Landsat 8,...

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