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NASA releases interactive 3D visualization of Australian smoke plumes

3D visualization of the Australian smoke plumes. Image: NASA.

When analysing wildfires and their impacts, remote sensing instruments provide frequent, broad coverage at minimal incremental cost and at no risk, compared with traditional in situ monitoring.

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Mon, 03/02/2020 - 12:07

Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Center

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) was founded in 2013 in Australia.

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Cyclone Debbie hits Australia, International charter has been activated

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A powerful cyclone has hit the north-eastern coast of Australia. It made landfall in Queensland on 28 March 2017. With winds up to 263km/h, it was first assessed as a category 4 storm, and then it was downgraded to category 2 when moving inland. On 29 March, the authorities warned that a 1,300 kilometer stretch of the north-eastern coast is at dangerous risk of flooding.

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Thu, 30/03/2017 - 08:04

Charter activated for floods in Australia

Storm in Australia 2015.  Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory

On 26 September 2016 the International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated due to floods in Australia. The request for activation was due to heavy rainfall throughout the month of September causing flash flooding along the Lachlan River in Australia.

The flooding at Forbes is one of the worst over the last twenty years in this area and is expected to worsen over the next week as more rain is forecast.

The activation of the Charter was requested by Geoscience Australia, which has also been nominated as Project Manager. 

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Wed, 05/10/2016 - 00:06

International Charter: Latest newsletter available

Charter Board & Executive Secretariat members in Beijing, China on 16 April 2014

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters published its 9th newsletter on 28 July 2014.

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Thu, 14/08/2014 - 11:36

Australia: Government launches National Map for geospatial data

The web application allows users to overlay different geospatial datasets

The federal government of Australia has launched the National Map, an online platform visualizing a number of the data sets released by the government.

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Thu, 10/07/2014 - 14:08

Australia: Views from the ISS on wildfires

Australia’s Northern Territory has suffered several fires

Smoke plumes from fires, volcanoes, and pollution are all reaching high into the atmosphere and can therefore very easily be detected from space. Most recently, Astronaut Karen Nyberg shot a photograph of fires around Darwin and Melville Island, Australia, on August 5, 2013, while looking west across the Timor Sea from the International Space Station (ISS).

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Thu, 22/08/2013 - 09:56

MODIS: Detecting managed bush fires in Australia

MODIS acquired this image of dozens of managed fires

NASA's Aqua satellite with its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) has acquired an image in Kimberly region on 10 April 2013, Australia showing dozens of managed fires.

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Fri, 12/04/2013 - 11:53

Australia: Open disaster management platform in works

KIMBERLEY REGION, AUSTRALIA

The University of Melbourne, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and NICTA today jointly announced that they are collaborating to develop the Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP), a next generation open standards-based IT platform aimed at improving disaster management, protecting communities and potentially saving lives.

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Sat, 16/03/2013 - 08:13

NASA's Aqua satellite sees Australian bushfires from space

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image showing the large bush fires burning in eastern New South Wales, Australia, on 9 January 2013.

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