New fire and flood mapping tool prototypes set for July release

Prototypes of two new satellite data tools to map burnt areas and flood extents are expected to be available by July.

Developed by Geoscience Australia’s Digital Earth Australia program, the tools will support emergency management efforts across the country.

The new tools are intended to complement Geoscience Australia’s existing national bushfire monitoring tool, DEA Hotspots.

This tool identifies areas of unusually high temperatures, detected from satellite sensors in “near real time” every 10 minutes, providing valuable information for emergency managers to identify potential fire locations with a possible risk to communities and property.

Geoscience Australia is keen to obtain user feedback on how DEA Hotspots might be improved.

Interested parties can visit Digital Earth Australia Hotspots and click on “provide feedback”.