International award for cartography

1 September 2003


Landsat 7 picture mosaic of Australia Geoscience Australia has won an award for Excellence in Cartography in the category for best Satellite Image product at the International Cartographic Association’s (ICA) Map Exhibition held recently in Durban, South Africa. The Map Exhibition was held in conjunction with the ICA’s bi-ennial International Cartographic Conference. More than 800 map products from 33 countries were on show.

Known as the 1:5 000 000 scale Satellite Image of Australia - Landsat 7, the satellite image (pictured at right) was originally created for the Australian Greenhouse Office as part of their national carbon accounting project in 2001. It comprises 369 scenes acquired from the Landsat 7 satellite and shows land cover across Australia in pseudo-natural colours (sensor bands 2, 4 and 7). Forests are shown as dark green on the image, healthy crops and pasture lands as light green, bare earth and dry vegetation in red, brown and yellow tones, and water as blue.

The award winning image is available for $16.40 through the Geoscience Australia Sales Centre and our retailers.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013