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Abstract image with accentuated colours of branching water landscape as captured by satellite images

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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Aerial view of deep green mangrove forest and curving creek

Mangroves on the move

Thirty years of Landsat data maps the nationwide movement and migration of Australia’s mangrove forests. 

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Red-headed waterbird looks at white flowers in lily-filled waterbody

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.