Satellite imagery at work Environment

Last updated:18 June 2024

Satellites empower environmental science

When the first joint NASA/United States Geological Survey Landsat satellite was launched in 1972, more than half the Earth had yet to be accurately mapped. The data the satellite provided led to a re-mapping of Antarctica, the first global map of the world’s glaciers, and a new understanding of the position of the Amazon. Landsat demonstrated the power of remote sensing data to reveal the realities of our planet.

Today, satellite imagery continues to uncover new knowledge about our lands and waters, and Australian scientists, conservationists and environmental managers are proving natural leaders in the clever application of Earth observations.

Our data can support research into changes in canopy cover, wetlands ecosystems, coastal environments, biodiversity, and the impacts of sea level rise and climate change.

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