Satellite Imagery for Bushfire Threat Analysis

New satellite imaging systems and scientific ground-cover algorithms provide increasingly accurate assessments for bushfire or wildfire threats.
Whilst fire-fighting authorities have access to all of these resources, the public also has access to many of these new tools too.
Farmers, pastoralists, forestry workers, national parks & wildlife and council personnel will find this information extremely useful in the coming bushfire season.

This MODIS satellite image displays information about grassland curing. Red areas indicate mature, dry grass [advanced curing] whilst the green areas show grass with higher moisture levels. Image courtesy of  Bureau of Meteorology and Bushfire CRC

This MODIS satellite image displays information about grassland curing. Red areas indicate mature, dry grass [advanced curing] whilst the green areas show grass with higher moisture levels. Image courtesy of Bureau of Meteorology and Bushfire CRC

It is a pity that updated images of the above type can only be accessed by registered researchers after an approval process.

This image displays the likelihood of exceeding the median maximum temperatures for DEC 2016 - JAN 2017.  Image courtesy of Bureau of Meteorology

This image displays the likelihood of exceeding the median maximum temperatures for DEC 2016 - JAN 2017.  Image courtesy of Bureau of Meteorology

The above image can be accessed by the public through the Bureau of Meteorology website. Clearly we can expect higher than average temperatures over Christmas 2016 and into the New Year of 2017. As an example, anyone living in locations above the 70% category may decide to clear their properties of excessive fuel loads such as dead trees, clean roof gutters, remove flammable material and cut long grass to reduce their bushfire risks. 

This grassland curing map of Victoria is provided by the VIC CFA. It also displays Total Fire Ban districts and will be extremely useful in the coming bushfire season. Image courtesy of CFA Victoria

This grassland curing map of Victoria is provided by the VIC CFA. It also displays Total Fire Ban districts and will be extremely useful in the coming bushfire season. Image courtesy of CFA Victoria

Unlike the earlier Australia-wide grassland curing map, the Victorian map can be accessed by the public from the Victorian Country Fire Authority [CFA] website. When accessing this map, ensure that you have the latest map ~ the instructions checklist can be found on the website.

This map indicates the Maximum Forest Fire Danger Index for WA on 17DEC 2016 and is accessible by the public. Image courtesy of the  Bureau of Meteorology.

This map indicates the Maximum Forest Fire Danger Index for WA on 17DEC 2016 and is accessible by the public. Image courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology.

For Western Australians, this map provides up to date information on the danger of forest fires. Anyone planning a trip or camping holiday would find this information useful.

This is the Bureau of Meteorology [BOM]  More Forecasts  template for every Australian State and Territory. This example from the TAS website provides up-to-date information for the public and is a must-have source this coming summer.  Image courtesy of BOM .

This is the Bureau of Meteorology [BOM] More Forecasts template for every Australian State and Territory. This example from the TAS website provides up-to-date information for the public and is a must-have source this coming summer. Image courtesy of BOM.

This recent article by Benedict Brook highlights the sudden NOV start of the NSW bushfire season.  Article courtesy of News.com.au

This recent article by Benedict Brook highlights the sudden NOV start of the NSW bushfire season. Article courtesy of News.com.au

Here is the latest  BOM outlook video for JAN - MAR 2017 , Courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology.

Here is the latest BOM outlook video for JAN - MAR 2017, Courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology.

One of the most valuable BOM products is the Heatwave Forecast Maps. As an example, this information is useful in cases for the elderly and children ~ care against heatstroke and severe hyperthermia illnesses. Sporting events may need to be reviewed, holiday travel delayed and also planning for extreme bushfire danger. Image courtesy of the  Bureau of Meteorology .

One of the most valuable BOM products is the Heatwave Forecast Maps. As an example, this information is useful in cases for the elderly and children ~ care against heatstroke and severe hyperthermia illnesses. Sporting events may need to be reviewed, holiday travel delayed and also planning for extreme bushfire danger. Image courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology.

Perhaps the most impressive satellite image is this one,  courtesy of the the earth.nullschool.net website.  There are many selections to choose from, including temperate, wind, wave action and much more. This one is definitely a keeper in your favourites folder.

Perhaps the most impressive satellite image is this one, courtesy of the the earth.nullschool.net website. There are many selections to choose from, including temperate, wind, wave action and much more. This one is definitely a keeper in your favourites folder.

If you find this information and the links useful, then please save them into your internet browser favourites folder ~ you never know when you will need them.