Launceston - Tasmania, Australia

Location of Launceston, Tasmania

Location of Launceston, Tasmania
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The city of Launceston is located in northeast Tasmania in the Tamar Valley. These images were acquired from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper sensor. True and false colour images for both a recent (2010), and an older (1988) scene are available below in high resolution JPEG format.

For acquisition of full resolution files see the Earth Observation Catalogue, or contact earth.observation@ga.gov.au

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In this false colour swipe comparison, the extent of the urban areas of Launceston appear as shades of purple and white. Vegetation appears as light green to yellow, with drier areas appearing lighter. Water is displayed as dark blue to black. Residential expansion can be noted in most suburbs of the city, but particularly in Riverside, Blackstone Heights, Prospect Vale and Norwood. The small towns of Longford, Hadspen and Perth have likewise seen very marked growth in comparison to their overall size. West of Riverside, there has been both deforestation and plantation within the same area of forest.


1988 Launceston true colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 3 (visible red), 2 (visible green) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 25 February 1988
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.14MB]
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2010 Launceston true colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 3 (visible red), 2 (visible green) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 5 February 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.14MB]
© Geoscience Australia

1988 Launceston false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 7 (mid-infrared), 5 (mid-infrared) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 25 February 1988
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of purple and white. Vegetation appears as light green to yellow, with drier areas appearing lighter. Water is displayed as dark blue to black.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.16MB]
© Geoscience Australia

2010 Launceston false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 7 (mid-infrared), 5 (mid-infrared) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 5 February 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.20MB]
© Geoscience Australia

Topic contact: earth.observation@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 27, 2011