28 01, 2019

Releasing a New Web Mapping, Analysis and Reporting App on Exposure Management

January 28th, 2019|APIs, Apps, Asia, Asset Management, Australia, Bushfire, Emergency, Exposure, Flood, Geospatial Big Data Analytics, Insurance, Location Intelligence, Major Events, Property Information, Risk, USA|

28 January 2019 Over the past few years we have been building cloud-based big data and analytics platforms and foundational Location Profile APIs for property location and hazard risk information. These advances have enabled us to speed up the pace of new product development. Now we are pleased to release a new web [...]

12 12, 2018

Reducing Uncertainties in Catastrophe Loss Modelling: New Advances

December 12th, 2018|APIs, Asia, Australia, Bushfire, Earth Observation, Exposure, Geospatial Big Data Analytics, Hurricane, Insurance, Location Intelligence, Property Information, Risk, Tropical Cyclone, USA|

12 December 2018 This is our 2018 end-of-year review article. Catastrophe loss modelling, as a special type of environmental modelling, has been around for three decades. It captures all essential components of the classic risk equation, i.e. Risk = f (Hazard, Exposure, Vulnerability), and quantifies the likely economic or insured losses [...]

2 10, 2018

Advancing Bushfire Risk Analytics with Location Profile APIs: Showcases

October 2nd, 2018|APIs, Australia, Bushfire, Elevation, Emergency, Exposure, Insurance, Location Intelligence, Property Information, Risk, USA|

2 October 2018 Bushfire (wildfire or forest fire) risk assessment has been a very common topic in research and practice. Many risk analysis projects, such as identifying likely causes of fire occurrences, mapping fire-prone areas and assessing Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) for buildings, are in place to assist the whole process of bushfire [...]

31 08, 2018

Monitoring Major Events with Global Earth Observation and Geospatial Big Data Analytics: 10+ New Examples

August 31st, 2018|Asia, Australia, Bushfire, Earth Observation, Emergency, Image Analysis, Major Events, News Media, Risk, Sentinel-2, USA, Wildfire|

31 August 2018 This blog summarises some of our latest activities of monitoring, modelling and mapping major hazardous events with Earth observation and geospatial big data analytics, the two methods that are increasingly important and indispensable for a wide range of environmental studies. We routinely apply our own advanced image analysis (with Spectral Discovery [...]

16 04, 2018

The April 2018 Bushfire in Sydney’s South-west, NSW, Australia

April 16th, 2018|Australia, Bushfire, Earth Observation, Emergency, Image Analysis, Insurance, Location Intelligence, Major Events, Risk|

16 April 2018 This brief blog provides a rapid response to the major bushfires in Sydney’s south-west on the weekend (14-15 April 2018). Unseasonably warm weather (more akin to summer than autumn) caused major bushfires in Sydney’s south-west on Saturday 14 April 2018, posing a serious threat to many properties in nearby suburbs. NSW RFS’ [...]

27 03, 2018

The March 2018 Bushfire in Tathra, NSW, Australia

March 27th, 2018|Australia, Bushfire, Earth Observation, Emergency, Image Analysis, Insurance, Location Intelligence, Major Events, Risk|

27 March 2018 It is quite unusual to have extreme fire weather in autumn in Australia which has caused widespread bushfires (e.g. fires in SW Victoria and fires in the Alpine National Park) and devastating property damage. We developed and contributed three information products in response to the disaster in Tathra, a picturesque town at [...]

25 10, 2017

Visualising Potential Bushfire Risk for Addresses in Australia: A New Cloud-based Approach

October 25th, 2017|Australia, Bushfire, Earth Observation, Location Intelligence, News Media, Property Information, Risk|

25 October 2017 It's well known that hundreds of thousands of Australian properties (e.g. residential, commercial and industrial) at the urban-bushland interface are very prone to damaging bushfires. Increasing population, urban encroachment into bushland and a dangerous warming climate all suggest that bushfire risk is on the increase. Bushfire risk assessment has been [...]

17 11, 2016

Mapping the Early November 2016 Bushfire Burnt Areas in Sydney-Newcastle Region, with Sentinel-2 Satellite Imagery

November 17th, 2016|Australia, Bushfire, Earth Observation, Image Analysis, Major Events, Sentinel-2|

The 2016-2017 bushfire season in New South Wales started early. In early November (the last month of spring in Australia), three large bushfires broke out near populated areas and drew much attention: The fire near Cranebrook and Llandilo, Western Sydney The fire near Cessnock, Hunter Valley The fire near Karuah, ~35 km north of [...]

1 04, 2016

Innovative Earth Observation Image Analysis for Wildfires and Flooding: Two U.S. Examples

April 1st, 2016|Bushfire, Earth Observation, Flood, Image Analysis, Landsat, Major Events, USA, Wildfire|

Modern Earth Observation satellites are often equipped with special sensors that are capable of measuring the reflectance of ground features at short-wave infrared (SWIR) wavelengths. Most SWIR images currently in use are from the following four major satellites: Sentinel-2 (ESA, 20m resolution for SWIR bands) Landsat-8 and Landsat-7 (NASA & USGS, 30m resolution for SWIR bands) ASTER [...]

8 03, 2016

Major Bushfires in Australia in 2015-2016 Summer: Before and After Satellite Imagery

March 8th, 2016|Australia, Bushfire, Climate Change, Earth Observation, Image Analysis, Landsat, Major Events, Wildfire|

8 March 2016 (We thank the Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC - for promoting this for the general public. Twitter, ABC website) Extreme temperatures, frequent heatwaves and prolonged drought (link), enhanced by one of the most powerful El Niño events, have once again caused many bushfires in Australia in 2015-2016 summer season. Major damaging bushfires (grass fires and forest fires) [...]