Technical information on near-real-time data dissemination

The near-real-time data dissemination service is delivered by Earth Observation from Space – a Program of Geoscience Australia responsible for acquiring, curating and analysing remotely sensed data from satellites orbiting the earth.

The hotspot data is bundled for each pass and sensor, i.e. AQUA, TERRA, NOAA18, and NOAA19 and is available for download within 45 minutes of acquisition. Historical files with hotspot information for years 2010 to present are also available. The files are distributed in standard geographic information system (GIS) format.

The latest hotspot information and low resolution MODIS imagery are also available to the public as data layers in the Sentinel Bushfire Monitoring System.

Landsat 7, Landsat 8 and processed MODIS data is scene based and comprises preview images in JPG format (one at high and one at low resolution) and individual files per spectral band in TIFF format. Included with the data are licence and product descriptions where applicable.

All files are in folders sorted according to date of acquisition and are made available within 3 to 6 hours of the receipt of source information.

Only the last few days of data is held on the server due to the size of the imagery files. Downloading data requires an FTP enabled browser.

Topic contact: earth.observation@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 29, 2013