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Fire in Cobboboonee National Park, Australia

42.6S 146.7E

January 12th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 10th, 2013

A plume of smoke from a fire in Cobboboonee National Park, Victoria, Australia, fans out towards the south. The  park and associated campsites are currently closed due to the fire, although authorities say the section of park east of Wrights Swamp Road will re-open Saturday morning, including Surry Ridge, Jackass and Wrights camping/picnic areas and Cubbys, Cut out, Cobboboonee and Fitzroy camps on the Great South West Walk. The Great South West Walk, including Moleside camp, will remain closed between Wright Swamp Road in Cobboboonee National Park and Pritchards campground in Lower Glenelg National Park until the fire is declared safe and recovery works are completed.

Fires in Tasmania and Victoria, Australia

38S 140.9E

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 and Tasmania

37.7S 144.1E

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

41.3S 146.6E

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.

Forests Near Southeastern Australian Coast – July 22nd, 2011

31.2S 146.9E

July 22nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Australia - July 14th, 2011

The terrain of Australia changes from flat and dry to mountainous and forested as one moves towards the coast, in the states of New South Wales (above) and Victoria (below).

The dark green area is composed of various protected national forests. Visible at the southwestern end of these forests is the dark blue Port Phillip (also commonly referred to as Port Phillip Bay), is a large bay in southern Victoria, Australia, by Melbourne. Geographically, the bay covers 1930 km2 and the shore stretches roughly 264 km.

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