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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 [...]

12 03, 2018

The March 2018 Major Flooding in North Queensland, Australia

March 12th, 2018|Australia, Earth Observation, Elevation, Emergency, Flood, Insurance, Location Intelligence, Major Events, Risk|

12 March 2018 Devastating flooding once again took place in the North Queensland region. The Bureau of Meteorology had issued major flood warnings for quite a few river catchments, including: Herbert River Murray River Tully River Johnstone River Russell River Mulgrave River Among the regional cities and towns affected, Ingham has suffered the most damage as [...]

16 10, 2017

Some Imagery Sources for the Northern California Wildfires in October 2017

October 16th, 2017|Earth Observation, Location Intelligence, Major Events, News Media, USA, Wildfire|

16 October 2017 The catastrophic wildfires in Northern California started a week ago have claimed at least 40 lives and destroyed nearly 6,000 buildings (news report). The fires continuously burning over the past week and the extensive damage have been observed by low-, medium- and high-resolution satellite imagery. Here we summarise and analyse a few useful imagery sources. [...]

28 08, 2017

News Release: BigData Earth Offers Cloud-based Rapid LOCATION Analytics For The News Media Worldwide

August 28th, 2017|Asia, Australia, Earth Observation, Location Intelligence, Major Events, News Media, Risk, USA|

Location information is critical for news reporting, especially in the event of emergencies, natural disasters, industrial pollution, etc. Relevant location information and insights can not only make the news story more detailed and interesting, but also help readers understand each event and its context more quickly. BigData Earth has been developing unique [...]

26 06, 2017

Developing Exposure LOCATION Profile for International News Reporting: Take the 2017-06-24 Landslide in SW China as an Example

June 26th, 2017|Asia, Earth Observation, Landslide, Location Intelligence, Major Events, Risk|

26 June 2017 Location information and insights are becoming ubiquitous and more important than ever. Tangible and easy-to-read location information, mainly through maps and various visualisation techniques, enhances our understanding of many dynamic phenomena. For the current news reporting on major hazardous events taking place around the world, there is a need to include more detailed and coherent [...]

3 04, 2017

Visualising Low-lying Areas in Response to Major Flooding: Case Studies in Rockhampton and Bundaberg, Queensland

April 3rd, 2017|Australia, Earth Observation, Elevation, Flood, Location Intelligence, Major Events, Risk|

3 April 2017 Last Friday we developed two animations that show estimated flood extents of the major floods in Lismore and Murwillumbah, northern NSW. Today we extend that work and apply the same technique to effectively map and visualise many low-lying, flood-prone areas in Queensland. We choose the following two areas for demonstration: Rockhampton [...]

31 03, 2017

Rapidly Estimating the Flood Extent of Major Floods in Lismore and Murwillumbah on 31 March 2017: Animated Maps Included

March 31st, 2017|Australia, Earth Observation, Elevation, Flood, Location Intelligence, Major Events, Risk|

31 March 2017 The south-east QLD and northern NSW are often afflicted with widespread flooding caused by the torrential rain typically associated with ex-cyclones, and this time with the remnants of severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie which made landfall on the QLD coast between Bowen and Mackay on 28 March 2017.  Based on the Australian [...]

27 03, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie: Three Exposure Location Profile Reports for Sites in Townsville, Bowen and Mackay, Queensland

March 27th, 2017|Australia, Earth Observation, Location Intelligence, Major Events, Property Information|

27 March 2017 It is forecast that Tropical Cyclone Debbie will cause severe damage to the coastal region spanning from Townsville in the north to Mackay in the south. It will make landfall near Bowen. Figure 1: Latest track forecast for TC Debbie (Source: BoM) We use a newly-developed national platform [...]

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 [...]

25 06, 2016

Mapping the June 2016 Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County, California, with Sentinel-2 Satellite Imagery

June 25th, 2016|Earth Observation, Image Analysis, Major Events, Sentinel-2, USA, Wildfire|

Major Event: Sherpa Fire started on June 15, 2016 (from InciWeb) Mapping Fire Scars (Burnt Areas) using the Latest Sentinel-2 Satellite Imagery Imagery Source: Public Sentinel-2 Imagery on Amazon Web Services S3 - data download link Imagery Provider: EU Earth Observation Programme - Copernicus Imagery Acquisition Date: 2016-06-21 Swath Width: 290 km [...]