Mapping & Monitoring

Using Google Earth Pro to view NAFI Firescars with other spatial data

This article outlines using NAFI firescars with other spatial data in Google Earth Pro. A wider range of spatial formats can be viewed directly in the Pro version of Google Earth, which is now available free of charge. Viewing burning tracks with the latest NAFI firescars and hotspots can be useful to see where future work may be necessary to produce a more effective fire break. Other data such as boundary lines and roads can also be added directly, without the need for conversion to kml.

Supplementing NAFI data - an example from Nitmiluk National Park

This article outlines a workshop, held by Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research, which focused on the steps involved in utilising freely available programs and imagery to complement the information available on the NAFI website. 

In 2014 over 60% of Nitmiluk NP burnt in the ‘late’ dry season (post July 31). This was despite significant attempts in the early dry season to create effective fire breaks via aerial burning.

DCBR video: Adding MODIS imagery

This short video prepared by the Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research outlines the steps involved in adding MODIS imagery to a SAGA GIS project. It can be useful to view additional MODIS imagery, which is available daily, to supplement the weekly fire mapping information available on the NAFI website. An archive of MODIS imagery is available here.


DCBR video: Displaying Landsat imagery in SAGA GIS

This Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research video runs through the process of importing, projecting and displaying Landsat data using the free, portable software SAGA GIS. Visualising Landsat imagery in conjunction with GPS lines from controlled burning work can help provide a clearer picture of the success of this burning work and the need, if any, for follow-up work to create more effective breaks.

DCBR video: Download free Landsat imagery from the GloVis website

This short video, developed by the Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research, outlines the steps involved in downloading free Landsat 8 data from the USGS GloVis website. This site allows the user to easily select and download individual scenes from anywhere on earth. Landsat data has a spatial resolution of 30m and can be useful to view in conjunction with fire lines to determine the effectiveness of controlled burning efforts