Saturday, November 09, 2019

The Australian Bushfires From Space

Earlier today I linked to a satellite video map showing the ever changing appearance of the Yellow River Delta. That map uses satellite imagery from NASA with Mapbox GL's video overlay functionality.

If you want to create your own timelapse videos from satellite imagery then NASA is obviously a great source for your imagery. Another good source is the RAMMB/CIRA Slider website. This tool allows you to create animated GIF's from satellite imagery from GOES-16 and Himawari-8. The slider uses the latest available imagery from both satellites to allow you to create small animated movies of the Earth.

GOES-16 is in geostationary orbit over the Earth’s Western Hemisphere. It therefore provides great satellite imagery of the Americas. Himawari-8 is in geostationary orbit at 140.7 degrees East. It provides near real-time imagery of Australia, Japan and eastern China.

Currently a record number of bushfires are burning in the state of New South Wales in Australia. Smoke from these fires can clearly been seen in imagery captured by the Himawari-8 satellite. My Australian Bushfires map uses a video loop of Himawari-8 satellite imagery captured yesterday afternoon overlaid on the eastern coast of Australia.

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