SatSummit 2024
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Seamus Lombardo, PhD

Impact Metric Associate at Planet Labs. He/Him.


Seamus Lombardo works on the Impact and Sustainability Team at Planet Labs, where he supports initiatives to employ satellite data in biodiversity conservation and environmental reporting. He also works to measure and improve the impact of Planet’s collaborations with governments, NGOs, and businesses. Seamus’s work and publications focus on satellite remote sensing for environmental and humanitarian applications. Previously, he completed his PhD at MIT researching remote sensing and integrated complex systems modeling to support sustainable development.

On the agenda

  1. Monitoring the State of Nature

    May. 16, 01:15pm
    The North Hub

    Our need to understand biodiversity pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with remote sensing. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has set ambitious targets for every country to meet by 2030, but 75% of the indicators don’t have data to monitor them. Companies are being asked to disclose biodiversity impacts but don’t know where to start, and the reality of conservation on the ground is always more complicated. Join us for a lively discussion on the state of the art, and the need for better mapping of biodiversity, ecosystem conditions, and nature’s value to people.


    1. Francis Gassert


    1. Seamus Lombardo, PhD
    2. Michelle Sims
    3. Woody Turner
    4. Mabel Baez Schon, PhD
  2. Policy, Diplomacy and Process Talks

    May. 17, 09:00am
    Lightning Talks
    The Forum (North)
    • More Than a Map: USAID's First Ever Geospatial Strategy (Carrie Stokes)
    • Deep Data Diving: Exploring the depth of Water Diplomacy (Madeeha Yasmin Merchant)
    • Eyes in the Sky, Grounded in Community – Moving from Imagery to Insight (Kate Fickas, PhD)
    • Data, Justice, and Heart: How Data Visualisation Can Empower Positive Change (David González)
    • Assessing the Impacts of Satellite Data - Approaches, Challenges, and Opportunities (Seamus Lombardo, PhD)

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)