Geoscience Australia activates International Charter for Space and Major Disasters in response to the NSW bushfires

Following a request from Emergency Management Australia, on 17 October Geoscience Australia activated the International Charter, Space and Major Disasters. This was the first activation under the new ‘universal access’ provision which allows Geoscience Australia to activate the Charter for Australian emergency management agencies.

After activating the Charter, new data and images were received from over 20 satellites, viz: SPOT-5, RapidEye, Resourcesat-2, the International Space Station, Quickbird 2, WorldView-2, Landsat-7, Landsat-8, TERRA, AQUA, HJ1A, HJ1B, ZY3, GF1, Pleiades, NOAA and Suomi-NPP.

During the fires the United States Geological Survey (USGS) tasked Landsat-8 to capture thermal imagery during the night of 22 October, but unexpected cloud cover prevented any fire mapping.

Geoscience Australia was also able to provide hotspots from the Suomi-NPP satellite during this time. Suomi hotspots will be included in Geoscience Australia’s Sentinel website from December 2013.

Topic contact: Last updated: October 29, 2013