PLScenes (Planet Labs Scenes), Data V1 API

New in version 2.2.

The driver supports read-only operations to list scenes and their metadata as a vector layer per item-types: “PSOrthoTile”, “REOrthoTile”, “PSScene3Band”, “PSScene4Band”, “REScene”, “Landsat8L1G”, “Sentinel2L1C”. It can also access raster scenes.

Driver capabilities

Supports Georeferencing

This driver supports georeferencing

Dataset name syntax

The minimal syntax to open a datasource is :

PLScenes:[options]

Additional optional parameters can be specified after the ‘:’ sign. Currently the following one is supported :

  • version=data_v1: To specify the API version to request.

  • api_key=value: To specify the Planet API KEY. It is mandatory, unless it is supplied through the open option API_KEY, or the configuration option PL_API_KEY.

  • follow_links=YES/NO: Whether assets links should be followed for each scene (vector). Getting assets links require a HTTP request per scene, which might be costly when enumerating through a lot of products. Defaults to NO.

  • scene=scene_id: To specify the scene ID, when accessing raster data. Optional for vector layer access.

  • itemtypes=name: To specify the item types name. Optional for vector layer access. Mandatory for raster accessI.

  • asset=value: To specify the asset type (for raster fetching). Default is “visual”. Optional for vector layer access. If the option is not specified and the ‘visual’ asset category does not exist for the scene (or if the value is set to ‘list’), the returned dataset will have subdatasets for the available asset categories.

  • medata=YES/NO: (Raster only) Whether scene metadata should be fetch from the API and attached to the raster dataset. Defaults to YES.

If several parameters are specified, they must be separated by a comma.

Open options

The following open options are available :

  • VERSION=data_v1: To specify the API version to request.

  • API_KEY=value: To specify the Planet API KEY.

  • FOLLOW_LINKS=YES/NO: Whether assets links should be followed for each scene (vector). Getting assets links require a HTTP request per scene, which might be costly when enumerating through a lot of products. Defaults to NO.

  • SCENE=scene_id: To specify the scene ID, when accessing raster data. Optional for vector layer access.

  • ITEMTYPES=name: To specify the item types name. Optional for vector layer access. Mandatory for raster access.

  • ASSET=value: To specify the asset type (for raster fetching). Default is “visual”. Optional for vector layer access. If the option is not specified and the ‘visual’ asset category does not exist for the scene (or if the value is set to ‘list’), the returned dataset will have subdatasets for the available asset categories.

  • RANDOM_ACCESS=YES/NO: Whether raster should be accessed in random access mode (but with potentially not optimal throughput). If NO, in-memory ingestion is done. Default is YES.

  • ACTIVATION_TIMEOUT=int: Number of seconds during which to wait for asset activation (raster). Default is 3600.

  • METADATA=YES/NO: (Raster only) Whether scene metadata should be fetched from the API and attached to the raster dataset. Defaults to YES.

Configuration options

The following configuration options are available :

  • PL_API_KEY=value: To specify the Planet API KEY.

Attributes

The layer field definition is built from the “plscensconf.json” file in the GDAL configuration. The links to downloadable products are in asset_XXXXX_location attributes where XXXXX is the asset category id, when they are active. Otherwise they should be activated by sending a POST request to the URL in the asset_XXXXX_activate_link attribute (what the raster driver does automatically)

Geometry

The footprint of each scene is reported as a MultiPolygon with a longitude/latitude WGS84 coordinate system (EPSG:4326).

Filtering

The driver will forward any spatial filter set with SetSpatialFilter() to the server. It also makes the same for simple attribute filters set with SetAttributeFilter(). Note that not all attributes support all comparison operators. Refer to comparator column in Metadata properties

Paging

Features are retrieved from the server by chunks of 250 by default (and this is the maximum value accepted by the server). This number can be altered with the PLSCENES_PAGE_SIZE configuration option.

Vector layer (scene metadata) examples

Listing all scenes available (with the rights of the account) :

ogrinfo -ro -al "PLScenes:" -oo API_KEY=some_value

or

ogrinfo -ro -al "PLScenes:api_key=some_value"

or

ogrinfo -ro -al "PLScenes:" --config PL_API_KEY some_value

Listing all scenes available on PSOrthoTile item types, under a point of (lat,lon)=(40,-100) :

ogrinfo -ro -al "PLScenes:" -oo API_KEY=some_value PSOrthoTile -spat -100 40 -100 40

Listing all scenes available within a bounding box (lat,lon)=(40,-100) to (lat,lon)=(39,-99)

ogrinfo -ro -al "PLScenes:" -oo API_KEY=some_value -spat -100 40 -99 39

Listing all scenes available matching criteria :

ogrinfo -ro -al "PLScenes:" -oo API_KEY=some_value PSOrthoTile -where "acquired >= '2015/03/26 00:00:00' AND cloud_cover < 10"

List all downloadable scenes:

ogrinfo -ro -al -q "PLScenes:" -oo API_KEY=some_value PSOrthoTile -where "permissions='assets:download'"

Raster access

Scenes can be accessed as raster datasets, provided that the scene ID is specified with the ‘scene’ parameter / SCENE open option. The ‘itemtypes’ parameter / ITEMTYPES open option must also be specified. The asset type (visual, analytic, …) can be specified with the ‘asset’ parameter / ASSET open option. The scene id is the content of the value of the ‘id’ field of the features.

If the product is not already generated on the server, it will be activated, and the driver will wait for it to be available. The length of this retry can be configured with the ACTIVATION_TIMEOUT open option.

Raster access examples

Displaying raster metadata :

gdalinfo "PLScenes:scene=scene_id,itemtypes=itemypes,asset=analytic" -oo API_KEY=some_value

or

gdalinfo "PLScenes:" -oo API_KEY=some_value -oo ITEMTYPES=itemtypes -oo SCENE=scene_id -oo ASSET=analytic

Converting/downloading a whole file:

gdal_translate "PLScenes:" -oo API_KEY=some_value -oo SCENE=scene_id \
                -oo ITEMTYPES=itemtypes -oo ASSET=analytic -oo RANDOM_ACCESS=NO out.tif