Derived data product DEA Waterbodies

  • Find dams, lakes and large rivers

  • Watch waterbodies change over time

  • Inform decisions for drought, fire and farming

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Find water across the country

Locate almost 300,000 waterbodies across Australia and look back at their changes over three decades with Digital Earth Australia (DEA) Waterbodies. Monitor critical lakes and dams, including hard-to-reach waterbodies in remote areas and on large properties

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Explore the online map to find all waterbodies larger than 3,125 sq m (five Landsat satellite image pixels) that are present more than 10% of the time

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Download the data to identify when waterbodies have increased or decreased their wet surface area, informing plans for the future

Why detect waterbodies?

  • Gain insights into the severity and spatial distribution of drought

  • Identify potential water sources for aerial firefighting during bushfires

  • Understand local through to national-scale surface water dynamics over time and geography

  • Get deeper insight into DEA Water Observations data

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Imagery for impact Finding water to fight fire

Satellite data maps of Australian waterbodies are fuelling a more confident flightpath for Victoria’s Country Fire Authority

Related resources

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Journal article

‘Mapping and Monitoring the Multi-Decadal Dynamics of Australia’s Open Waterbodies Using Landsat’

Journal article Read the paper
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DEA Waterbodies User Guide and FAQs

Learn how to add Waterbodies layers to DEA Maps and get the details on how the product defines waterbodies and wetness

DEA Waterbodies User Guide and FAQs Get the guide
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Seminar: Australian Water

Hear from Digital Earth Australia’s Dr Claire Krause about using satellite information in decision making

Seminar: Australian Water Watch here