Imagery from UBC Library

UBC Library has a license subscription to’s PlanetScope, RapidEye, and SkySat satellite imagery archive, 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 Planet imagery archive and/or basemap data may fill out the form below to request an account. Account creation may take 1-3 business days. At the end of the license term (every year in March), users will be sent information on how to opt-in for seamless account renewal so they can continue to use the platform while an employee or student at UBC.

Teaching or research labs interested in group access to UBC’s imagery archive or basemap data may contact Evan Thornberry (Geographic Information Systems Librarian, UBC Library Research Commons) for more information.

Before filling out the form below, please read the use terms and rights for’s imagery archive and basemap data below. Imagery Use Terms

What you can do:

  • Download, reproduce, store, display, and print content from
  • Create derivative products solely for internal (UBC), non-commercial, education, and research purposes.
  • Publish static derivative products in perpetuity, including in educational and research journals.
  • Publish dynamic derivative products only on UBC-hosted websites.

What you cannot do: 

  • Share or transfer data downloaded from to anyone outside of UBC.
  • Share access to the platform.
  • Create derivative products for reasons other than for internal (UBC), non-commercial, education, and research purposes.
  • Create derivative products without attribution clearly identifying Planet Labs Inc. as a source of the content.
  • Misuse the platform by unduly burdening the system, or using in ways that are inconsistent with normal usage.

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.