Sentinel: the national bushfire sentry

19 December 2005


Sample image of Sentinel showing hotspots as of 20 December 2005. © Geoscience Australia.

Sample image of Sentinel showing
hotspots as of 20 December 2005.
© Geoscience Australia

The Sentinel bushfire monitoring system (Sentinel Hotspots) has found a permanent home at Geoscience Australia after nearly three years as a R&D demonstrator project.

The enhanced system (which went live to the nation on 19 December) provides the fire management community with near real-time spatial information to identify fire locations across Australia.

Sentinel was jointly developed by Geoscience Australia, the CSIRO Land and Water and Defence Imagery & Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) following the severe bushfire season of 2001-02.

The website displays hotspots, or firefronts, using satellite imagery which is updated four times a day by NASA's MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) sensor.

As a tool for emergency management, Sentinel highlights the importance of having accessible, accurate information for managing and protecting our land and its valuable resources.

For more information, please see the about Sentinel page.

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