Self-service data platforms DEA Bushfire Burnt Area NRT Services

Last updated:18 June 2024

Updated Multiple times a day | Satellite data from Multiple satellites

See bushfires in the landscape. Spot areas of high temperature

Digital Earth Australia (DEA) offers self-service satellite analysis platforms that allow users to visualise the Australian landscape and identify active bushfire events, delineate burnt areas, and then provide insights to other data sources about how bushfire could threaten communities and property.

Use DEA’s freely available near real-time imagery, DEA Hotspots Data, derived products, and scientific workflows through DEA Maps and the Jupyter notebooks in the DEA Sandbox to examine, investigate, delineate and track burnt areas across Australia.

Sentinel-2A - 2019-09-09  - Yamba, NSW - DEA Surface Reflectance Normalised Burn Ratio - NIR, SWIR - False colour and true colour image of fire burning south of Yamba.

Sign up to DEA Sandbox and jump in to investigate using EO data

DEA Sandbox is a learning and analysis environment with access to Earth Observation datasets and Jupyter notebooks that allow you to explore and investigate local-scale applications.

Use Jupyter notebook and NRT satellite imagery to investigate burnt areas

Investigate burnt areas in detail with near real-time satellite imagery in the DEA Sandbox. This workflow enables the use of DEA’s freely available near real-time (NRT) imagery for investigating recent fire events.

The Jupyter notebook outlines a workflow to select the most suitable ‘near real-time’ and baseline imagery for comparison from the Landsat 8 & 9 and Sentinel-2A & Sentinel-2B sensors. Value thresholding is applied to detect unverified burnt areas, before creating an exportable polygon vector file. The workflow examines an area in Tambaroora NSW directly after a bushfire in March 2023. Update the location and time to investigate your own area of interest.

DEA Burnt Area NRT interactive map

Visit DEA Maps to get the full interactive map with DEA Burnt Area NRT and other DEA products.

How can observing burnt area help?

  • Enables users to identify and assess bushfire events and impacts in remote areas
  • Provide insights to emergency managers and helps to inform preparedness and response activities
  • Use with DEA Hotspots to locate potential bushfires that are currently or recently active and then investigate the size, location and extent of an event with near real-time satellite imagery
  • Compare before and after bushfire burnt area data in any location Australia-wide