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Fires in Tasmania and Victoria, Australia

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January 9th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 7th, 2013

Australia has been hit by hit temperatures, dry conditions, and strong winds over the last week, making for dangerous fire conditions. As over 130 fires burn in New South Wales, 40 of which have not yet been contained (click here for other images), blazes are also affecting Tasmania (bottom right) and Victoria (upper left). The fire in Victoria is located near the coast and the border with South Australia. The blaze on the Tasman peninsula is currently uncontrolled, and is located near areas already hit by blazes over the weekend.

Vegetation Index of Southeastern Australia During Summer

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June 20th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - December 31st, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of parts of South Australia (upper left quadrant), New South Wales (upper right quadrant) and Tasmania (lower right quadrant) during the country’s summer season. The index is highest (green) by the southern coast and southeastern part of New South Wales and on the island of Tasmania. The terrain of South Australia and further inland in New South Wales shows a very low (light yellow) index.

Vegetation Index of Southeastern Australia and Tasmania

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February 25th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - January 2nd, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of southeastern Australia, in the states of Victoria (below) and New South Wales (above), as well as the island and state of Tasmania, located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the continent, separated by the Bass Strait.

The vegetation index is generally good along the coastline, as can be observed from the green false-coloring. A few patches of high activity (rusty red) are also visible. Further inland, the index becomes significantly lower, as can be observed from the light yellow color.

Vegetation Index of Victoria and Tasmania, Australia

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January 7th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - December 28th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the state of Victoria (above), in southeastern Australia, and Tasmania (below). FAPAR images show the fraction of  incoming solar radiation in the Photosynthetically Active Radiation spectral region that is absorbed by a photosynthetic organisms.

Photosynthetic activity is good (green) near the coast of the Australian mainland and on the island of Tasmania. Some areas of high activity (rusty red) can be seen near the shorelines, while areas further inland on both the mainland and the island show a low (yellow) index.

Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas of Tasmania, Australia

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November 8th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Australia - November 7th, 2011

Visible from the center to the bottom of this image are the Tasman Peninsula and the Forestier Peninsula, on the Australian island and state of Tasmania. The Tasman Peninsula (bottom) lies south and west of Forestier Peninsula, to which it is connected by an isthmus called Eaglehawk Neck. That isthmus is in turn is joined to the rest of Tasmania by another isthmus called East Bay Neck.

As can be observed by the contours of this APM image, Tasmania has ’rounded smooth’ mountain ranges similar to mainland Australia. The most mountainous region is the Central Highlands area, which cover most of the central west parts of the state. The central east area (the Midlands) is fairly flat, and is predominantly used for agriculture.