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The company that models the world

Established in 2014 by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Descartes Labs was founded on the belief that planetary knowledge has the power to radically alter how companies, governments, nonprofits, and other stakeholder groups across the globe carry out their charters.

Scientific integrity, excellence, innovation, a commitment to sustainability, protection of the environment, and the practice of impact science define the core values of our company.

Our scientist-founders possess decades of experience working on some of our nation’s most difficult problems, with expertise in large-scale computing, artificial intelligence, and satellite imagery. Our team has created a technology stack that makes science faster, providing limitless computing power and seamless access to petabytes of scientifically calibrated data.

Descartes Labs is the first company founded to create a geospatial data refinery to fuel predictive models. We combine the most scalable geospatial data processing and modeling platform with a massive, diverse geospatial library. Our talented team of scientists are recognized leaders in the field, helping enterprise customers create competitive advantage through scientifically validated analytics.

We serve hundreds of global companies, governments, and impact organizations around the world—across industries that include agriculture, mining and metals, oil and gas, shipping and logistics, power and renewables, insurance, and more.

Descartes Labs is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico with offices in San Francisco, New York, DC, Minneapolis, and Denver. We have raised $58 million from investors that include March Capital Partners, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, and Crosslink Capital.

A Vision for Industry


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Scientific challenges. Inspirational team. Impactful work.

Looking to join a visionary company at the intersection of AI, geospatial intelligence and global markets? Want to work with the world’s largest, most influential organizations? Interested in applying knowledge about the planet to solve our greatest challenges?

We’re a team of dedicated, passionate people on a mission to improve the world by making it a more transparent one. We offer generous, well-funded benefits and perks to foster our team’s success and sense of fulfillment.

Come do your best work at a fast-growing company where you can:

  • Collaborate with some of the world’s most distinguished scientists
  • Thrive in a culture that believes in science, integrity and a collaborative environment of innovation and discovery
  • Get inspired every day by the potential of geospatial data to improve our world
  • Join a team of free spirits who are inspired by the great outdoors
  • Work in, or frequently visit, our beautiful headquarter city and discover why we wrote: A Photo Love Letter to Santa Fe


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A Decade of Urban Transformation, Seen From Above

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How AI is helping spot wildfires faster

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The U.S. cranberry harvest explained in four charts

National Geographic | Irene Berman-Vaporis, Kennedy Elliot, and Rosemary Wardley
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California wildfires map

LA Times | Casey Miller
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Descartes Labs snaps up $20M more for its AI-based geospatial imagery analytics platform

TechCrunch | Ingrid Lunden
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Fantastic fall foliage…and where to find it

Washington Post | Lauren Tierney & Joe Fox
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Every State Should Monitor Methane to Meet Climate Goals

WIRED | Mark Johnson & Michelle Lujan Grisham
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What climate change looks like from outer space

Quartz | Mark Johnson
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New Mexico brings big data to bear on methane pollution

Associated Press | Morgan Lee
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Permian Hotspot Tracks Methane as Oil Boom Spurs Climate Concern

Bloomberg | Naureen S. Malik
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Satellite Imagery A Potent New Data Source For Supply Chain Management

Forbes | Steve Banker
Posted: July 7, 2019 12:00 am

Here’s how Descartes Labs built one of the world’s most powerful supercomputing systems using only $5,000 and Amazon’s cloud

Business Insider | Rosalie Chan
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Digital tailings dam models – watch this space

Mining Magazine | Nia Kajastie
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World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions

Fast Company | Morgan Clendaniel
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Can Artificial Intelligence Help Save the Natural World?

PBS | Jackie Snow
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Air pollution shines from this alarming map

The Verge | Rachel Becker
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Descartes Labs – Refinery That’s Making Satellite Images Usable

TechWeek | Vipul Nanda

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Science for good

We have an enduring passion for science and its power to reduce humanity’s impact on the planet. That’s why we’re committed to making technologies and datasets publicly available to scientific and impact communities hard at work on innovative environmental solutions.

Learn what’s possible using our platform by exploring some of the innovative science, technology and environmental impact projects our team has built:

Our team is always working on new ways to share geospatial intelligence to contribute to the scientific community and protect our world. Have an idea that inspires you? Hit us up.