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The company that models the world

Descartes Labs was founded with the belief that planetary knowledge has the power to radically alter how companies, governments and nonprofits carry out their charter.

Descartes Labs is the first company with a geospatial data refinery for building predictive models. And we’re the only company to combine a highly scalable data processing and modeling platform with a massive geospatial data library. Our elite team of scientists are recognized leaders in the field, helping enterprise customers create competitive advantage through scientifically validated analytics.

Descartes Labs serves 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 and insurance.

In 2014, a team of scientists with decades of experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory decided to start a company. For years they collaborated on problems of global significance.

Our scientist-founders are experts in large scale computing, artificial intelligence, and satellite imagery. They built a technology stack that makes science faster, providing limitless computing power and seamless access to petabytes of scientifically calibrated data.

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.



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A special company doing important 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 designed to make you productive and fulfilled.

Come do your best work at a well-funded, 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
  • Read our blog about our headquarter city: A Photo Love Letter to Santa Fe


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A Decade of Urban Transformation, Seen From Above

New York Times
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How AI is helping spot wildfires faster

CNN Business
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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
Posted: October 11, 2019 12:00 am

Descartes Labs snaps up $20M more for its AI-based geospatial imagery analytics platform

TechCrunch | Ingrid Lunden
Posted: October 9, 2019 12:00 am

Fantastic fall foliage…and where to find it

Washington Post | Lauren Tierney & Joe Fox
Posted: October 9, 2019 12:00 am

Every State Should Monitor Methane to Meet Climate Goals

WIRED | Mark Johnson & Michelle Lujan Grisham
Posted: September 26, 2019 12:00 am

What climate change looks like from outer space

Quartz | Mark Johnson
Posted: September 19, 2019 12:00 am

New Mexico brings big data to bear on methane pollution

Associated Press | Morgan Lee
Posted: September 19, 2019 12:00 am

Permian Hotspot Tracks Methane as Oil Boom Spurs Climate Concern

Bloomberg | Naureen S. Malik
Posted: July 8, 2019 12:00 am

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
Posted: June 10, 2019 12:00 am

Digital tailings dam models – watch this space

Mining Magazine | Nia Kajastie
Posted: April 8, 2019 12:00 am

World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions

Fast Company | Morgan Clendaniel
Posted: March 20, 2019 12:00 am

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Save the Natural World?

PBS | Jackie Snow
Posted: February 25, 2019 12:00 am

Air pollution shines from this alarming map

The Verge | Rachel Becker
Posted: January 18, 2019 12:00 am

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 our 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 is possible using our platform by exploring some of the innovative science, technology and environmental impact projects built by our team:

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.