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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 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. [...]

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 [...]

27 05, 2016

Observing the May 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire: A Survey of Satellite Imagery Sources (including Sentinel-2)

May 27th, 2016|Canada, Earth Observation, Image Analysis, Landsat, Major Events, Sentinel-2, Wildfire|

The May 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire in Alberta, Canada is catastrophic. The fire started on May 1, and as of May 24, is still raging. The fire has destroyed ~2,400 homes and buildings, and resulted in massive fire scars (burnt areas) over 500,000 hectares. It becomes the most expensive nature disaster in Canadian history, with an [...]

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|

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) broke out in most bushfire-prone states, including: The November 2015 Pinery bushfires in South Australia The December 2015 Great Ocean [...]