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Forested and Mountainous Areas Near Victoria and New South Wales Coasts, Australia

36.8S 148.9E

November 11th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Mountains

Australia - October 10th, 2010

While much of the landscape of the Australian states of Victoria  and southern New South Wales appears green and relatively flat, the brown areas near the coast are mountainous. Many of the brown areas near the eastern coast are national parks and state forest reserves, including Alpine National Park in Victoria.

The terrain beings to turn reddish in the upper left quadrant, as one moves toward the country’s arid interior. In the full image, the island state of Tasmania can also be observed to the south. Several condensation trails (or contrails) from passing aircraft appear as grey streaks over the water between the island and the mainland.

National Parks and State Forest Reserves in Australia

37.3S 146.8E

March 24th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Australia - February 23rd, 2010

Australia - February 23rd, 2010

Parts of Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia, can all be observed here. While mainland Australia’s more arid interior appears reddish, many green and brown forested areas are visible closer to the coast.

Many of the dark green areas are national parks and state forest reserves, including Alpine National Park, Snowy River National Park and Errinunda National Park in Victoria, as well as Kosciuszko National Park, Namadgi National Park, Bondo State Forest and Brindabella National Park in New South Wales

Vegetation Index of Coastal Victoria and New South Wales, Australia

37.8S 144.9E

December 12th, 2009 Category: Climate Change

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Australia - November 17th, 2009

The vegetated coastal areas of the Australian states of Victoria (below) and New South Wales (above) appear as a green band in this FAPAR image. FAPAR, or Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation, corresponds to the vegetation index of a given area.

In FAPAR images, the color spectrum over land runs from red (1.0), to green, to yellow and white (0.0), while bodies of water appear blue. Here, the most photosynthetically active (red) areas are in the south near Melbourne. Much of this area is within national parks such as Alpine National Park, east of the city, Grampians National Park, west of Melbourne, and Wyperfeld National Park, northwest of the city.