The Latest with Lens: April 2024

Apr 23, 2024
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Happy Earth Week! This week we extend extra gratitude to you and the important work your organization does for our planet. In this month's newsletter we're excited to highlight a few updates to Lens (including a new imagery source!), our brand new peer-to-peer connection program, and one of our favorite restoration success stories.

New truecolor imagery source

We've added a new commercial truecolor commercial imagery source to Lens for all customers! 📣 Airbus Pléiades Neo, Extended Archive imagery now provides another high-resolution (0.3m) option available for purchase. We recommend carefully reviewing any Extended Archive imagery before purchasing -- check out our guidance on reviewing archive imagery here.

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Portfolio CSV export update

We've updated CSV exports from the portfolio page to include all attributes on the selected properties! This makes it easier to get all of the information about your properties in one place.

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New Offering: Peer-to-peer connection program

Our peer-to-peer connection program is an exciting opportunity to connect with other Lens customers! As a Lens customer, you have the opportunity to be matched with 2-3 peer organizations to connect about how your teams use Lens, how you’re preparing for the monitoring season, and any tips and tricks you may have to share.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Opt in by May 1st by clicking the button below
  • The Lens team will connect you via email to your small group
  • Meet with your peer group for a 30 min conversation in May

Click here to opt in!


Support Article: Recommended Layers for Monitoring Scenarios

Are you curious about how tools in Lens can help you prepare for your monitoring season? Or maybe you're thinking about how to monitor forests or bodies of water on your properties. Check out our latest support article for guidance on how to use layers from the Lens Library to take your monitoring to the next level.

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Blog Post: Earth Week

It's Earth Week! Check out our blog post to learn more about the work we do, and how we’re helping partners around the country and globe steward land, protect habitats and ecosystems, and better manage water. We hope this gets you excited about remote monitoring and the best in streamflow forecasting.

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We're hiring!

Like what you're reading and want to be more involved? Know someone else who might be? We're hiring for several positions and also have an Open Call for applications if you have something in mind.

Where on Earth?

In the spirit of Earth Week, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite restoration success stories. Crab Bank is in the heart of the harbor in Charleston, South Carolina and hosted thousands of migratory bird nests for decades. The island had been slowly eroding for years and was completely washed away in 2017 by Hurricane Irma. Through a plan developed in partnership with the SC Department of Natural Resources, the Coastal Conservation League, and others, Crab Bank was restored by diverting sand dredged from the deepening of the Charleston harbor shipping channel. By the project's conclusion in December 2021, approximately 660,000 cubic yards of material from the Charleston harbor deepening was used to restore nearly 32 acres of prime nesting habitat. Take a look at the visual below comparing the area from 2017 through 2022 to see the progress for yourself!

Imagery credit: Nearmap, 2022

Hot Tip

The Analysis tool can do more than interpret datasets! Use the "Draw area" option to draw a polygon and measure the size of an area of interest. In the example below, we can see that the small island is just about 4 acres in size.

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Check out the rest of our knowledge base to learn more about working in Lens, and know that you can always reach us at lens@upstream.tech with any questions.  

Happy Monitoring!

Alison & the Lens Team