A new era for satellite imagery in Australia

4 January 2007

Darwin Harbour: Image acquired and processed by Geoscience Australia. Click for larger image. All ALOS images © Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) 2006

In late December 2006, Geoscience Australia commenced online distribution of images from the Japanese Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS).

ALOS will supply the Australian Government and the community with high quality, low cost Earth observation data for purposes including topographic mapping and environmental and disaster monitoring.

Under an arrangement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Geoscience Australia is one of only four worldwide Data Nodes able to down-link, process and distribute images from the ALOS satellite.

Other Nodes are JAXA in Japan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the USA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Geoscience Australia is licensed to distribute ALOS data for non-commercial purposes within Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island Nations. Other commercial entities will distribute data for commercial purposes.

To find out more about ALOS, including how to order ALOS imagery for non-commercial purposes from Geoscience Australia, please go to our 'ALOS overview - How to order' page.

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