PlanetWatchers flood map of Iota (light blue) and Eta (darker blue). The coastal area has been hit hard by both storms with more flooding to the south by Iota. Eta hit on November 3rd near Puerto Cabezas and Iota on November 17th near Haulover. Contains Copernicus data 2020.

Last week we shared our analysis of the devastating flooding in Central America following Hurricane Eta that came ashore in northeastern Nicaragua on November 3rd. At this exact time last week Hurricane Iota made landfall as a strong Category 4 only 15 miles south of where Eta hit, lashing its powerful winds and rain over populations that were still trying to recover from Hurricane Eta.

Eta was a deadly, erratic, long-lived, and powerful Category 4 hurricane that killed at least 178 people, left 115 people missing, and became the second-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, only behind the 1932 Cuba…

Contains Copernicus data 2020.

Hurricanes have become stronger worldwide during the past four decades, an analysis of observational data shows according to researchers in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), supporting what theory and computer models have long suggested: climate change is making these storms more intense and destructive.

Analysing satellite imagery from the past four decades suggests that global warming has increased the chances of storms reaching Category 3 or higher. (As reported by a New York Times article)

This reality affects the life of millions across the globe, a recent example from Central America is Hurricane Iota that became a Category…

Lava enters Gary Sleik’s garden, burning trees and shrubbery (source) Picture: EPA

If you look for optical satellite images of the volcanic eruption in Kilauea over the last month, you will have difficulty finding a clear shot due to a combination of clouds, gases and dust obscuring the satellite’s view. Optical images might have been somewhat useful on the day of the initial eruption, but as time went on, the visibility decreased as clouds moved in and as the volcano spewed more gases and dust.

PlanetWatchers utilizes both Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and optical imagery for its multi-source analytics platform. …

It Really Is the Little Things

I grew up spending all of my free time outdoors, whether it was working at botanical gardens in New England (before I knew the differences between the plants), planning renewable energy projects in California or building hiking trails in Utah, the central facet of these experience was my hands were dirty and my boots were muddy. Being on the ground in front of something has a powerful impact on seeing the details. …

The view from PlanetWatchers’ office in Tel Aviv.

Execution is everything in startups: the tight time frames, the overwhelming tasks, and the constant need for quick wins. Yet, many startups choose to delay the staffing of the COO role. You can hear different opinions debated in founding teams around the world:

“Operations, that’s a big word, lots of moving parts, administration, coordinations and many other time consuming aspects of the daily work. Our startup wants to concentrate on the tech! Someone should take care of all the noise.”

“Operations lead? Hey, we just got out of the garage, we are still a handful of people - we don’t…


Using SAR analysis to enable accurate data driven decisions in the commercial world.

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