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China Provides Satellite Data and Images for Australian Wildfires


Australia experienced the rampant wildfires that it has never ever had in history in February 2009, with heavy death tolls and property losses. As the request of the Australian side, the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs has provided the needed remote sensing data and images derived from the satellites to Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). Chinese researchers started the procedures for responding to natural disaster emergency using space technology on February 6, 2009 when Australian wildfires erupted, and made a plan to start satellite observation based on environmental satellites, China-Brazil resource satellite, and Beijing I satellite. They also established the channels for disseminating the satellite dada and products. Chinese Academy of Sciences Terrestrial Observing and Digital Earth Science Center provided daily newsletter on the distributions and variations of wildfires to the Australia side, including analysis reports of infrared image data. Chinese research institutes have also assisted the Australia side to evaluate the impacts of wildfires and burned area.

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