Date(s) - 11/01/2022
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Please join us for a UW Data Science Seminar event on Tuesday, November 1st from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. PDT. The seminar will feature Tanya Harrison, Director of Strategic Science Initiatives at Earth imaging company Planet Labs.

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“Introduction to Planet and Data Access through the NASA Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program”

Abstract: Planet operations the largest constellation of Earth observing satellites in history, imaging the entire landmass on a near-daily cadence at 3-5 meter resolution. Through NASA’s Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program, all researchers funded by a U.S. federal civilian agency or the National Science Foundation can access Planet data for free. Dr. Tanya Harrison, Planet’s Director of Strategic Science Initiatives and UW alum (B.Sc. ’06, Physics and Astronomy), will discuss Planet’s constellations of satellites and associated imagery, and how to sign up for data access.

Biography: Dr. Tanya Harrison is the Director of Strategic Science Initiatives at Planet. Prior to this, she spent over a decade working in science and mission operations for multiple NASA Mars missions, including the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, and a B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington. You can find her tweeting prolifically about all things space as @tanyaofmars on Twitter.


The UW Data Science Seminar is an annual lecture series at the University of Washington that hosts scholars working across applied areas of data science, such as the sciences, engineering, humanities and arts along with methodological areas in data science, such as computer science, applied math and statistics. Our presenters come from all domain fields and include occasional external speakers from regional partners, governmental agencies and industry.

The 2022-2023 seminars will be virtual, and are free and open to the public.