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About Satellite Imagery Archive and Basemaps

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User accounts are provided by request. To request an account, please click the hypertext or Connect to Resource (whichever appears above) to fill out a request form. Accounts will be created within 1-3 business days. provides access to PlanetScope, RapidEye, and SkySat satellite imagery archives, and Visual BaseMap for streaming and download. Current UBC students, staff, and faculty now have access to a global archive of multi-spectral satellite imagery dating back to 2009.

Students, faculty, and staff interested in individual access to UBC’s imagery archive and/or basemap data may fill out the form below to request an account. Account creation may take 1-3 business days.

Individual users: please click Connect to Resource to request an account.

Teaching or research labs interested in group access to UBC’s imagery archive or basemap data may contact the library's GIS support for more information.

PRIVACY NOTICE: UBC Library makes the service available for you for your convenience. Your use of is voluntary. Please be advised that the personal information you disclose when creating an account is stored on servers located in the United States. When you use this service, personal information about you is collected by UBC Library to create your user account. Only your name and email are submitted to by UBC Library. Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information provided to Please review the Privacy Statement on their website before using this service if you have any concerns.



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Planet Jupyter Notebooks:

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Research or Private Study? Yes
Learning Management System? Yes
Text and Data Mining? No
Alumni Access? No
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