Satellite imagery at work Environment
Satellites empower environmental science
When the first joint NASA/United States Geological Survey Landsat satellite was launched in 1972, more than half the Earth had yet to be accurately mapped. The data the satellite provided led to a re-mapping of Antarctica, the first global map of the world’s glaciers, and a new understanding of the position of the Amazon. Landsat demonstrated the power of remote sensing data to reveal the realities of our planet.
Today, satellite imagery continues to uncover new knowledge about our lands and waters, and Australian scientists, conservationists and environmental managers are proving natural leaders in the clever application of Earth observations.
Our data can support research into changes in canopy cover, wetlands ecosystems, coastal environments, biodiversity, and the impacts of sea level rise and climate change.
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Mangroves on the move
Thirty years of Landsat data maps the nationwide movement and migration of Australia’s mangrove forests.
Putting better eyes on our wetlands
Digital Earth Australia (DEA) brings together four leaders whose work with satellite data is providing new perspectives on our precious wetlands.
Mountain, Field, Reef: Mapping the Jaragun Wetlands Project
DEA Cal/Val scientists deploy drones in Far North Queensland to construct an accurate topographical map of an artificial wetlands terrain while exchanging knowledge with the Wanjuri people.