Abstract

This is a proof of concept web service displaying trial samples of historic flood mapping from satellite. Over the next 2 years this service will be developed into a nationwide portal displaying flooding across Australia as observed by satellite since 1987. The service shows a summary of water observed by the Landsat-5 and MODIS satellites across Australia for periods between 2000 and 2012. The first layer set displays national observed water from MODIS fvrom 2000 to 2012, as derived by Geoscience Australia using an automated flood mapping algorithm. The colouring of the display represents the frequency of observed water in a 500 x 500m grid. The higher the number, the more often water was observed by the satellites over the period. This means that floods have low values, while lakes, dams and other permanent water bodies have high values. The three additional layer sets are study areas demonstrating the water observed in each study area by the Landsat-5 satellite, as derived by Geoscience Australia using an automated flood mapping algorithm. The study areas and the observation periods are: Study Area 1, Condamine River system between Condamine and Chinchilla, Qld, observed between 2006 and 2011 Study Area 2, North-west Victorian rivers between Shepparton and Kerang, observed between 2006 and 2011 Study Area 3, Northern Qld rivers, near Normanton, observed between 2003 and 2011 Each Study Area layer set includes a water summary displaying the frequency of observed water in 25 x 25m grids, plus individual flood extents for specific dates where flooding was observed. Similar to the national, MODIS summary, the higher the value, the more often water was observed by the satellites over the period. Limitations of the Information The automated flood mapping algorithm can confuse cloud shadows and snow with flood water, so some areas shown as water may be incorrect. This is a proof of concept dataset and has not been validated.
Google map showing geographic bounding box with values North bound -9.0 East bound 155.0 West bound 112.0 South bound -45.0
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please contact the Geoscience Australia Sales Centre via:

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+61 2 6249 9960; or
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Product Type/Sub Type

dataset - Satellite Imagery

Constraints

license
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence

IP Owner

Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

Author(s)

Date (publication)

2012

Product Type

dataset

Topic Category

imageryBaseMapsEarthCover

Keywords

Satellite Imagery
WMS
web map service
National dataset
flood
Landsat 5
Earth Sciences

Resource Language

English

Resource Character Set

utf8

Resource Security Classification

unclassified

Geographic Extent

North bound
-9.0
East bound
155.0
West bound
112.0
South bound
-45.0

Lineage

Unknown

Digital Transfer Options

onLine

Distributor

Role
distributor
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address

Metadata File Identifier

ce08e530-ace2-4855-e044-00144fdd4fa6

Metadata Standard Name

ANZLIC Metadata Profile: An Australian/New Zealand Profile of AS/NZS ISO 19115:2005, Geographic information - Metadata

Metadata Standard Version

1.1

Metadata Date Stamp

2012-11-09

METADATA SECURITY CLASSIFICATION

unclassified

Metadata Contact

Role
pointOfContact
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address
Related Links
Web Services
For information on acquiring this product,
please contact the Geoscience Australia Sales Centre via:

fax:
+61 2 6249 9960; or
phone:
1800 800 173 (within Australia);
 
+61 2 6249 9966 (outside Australia).

Please note that support hours are 9 am to 5 pm weekdays