acquired January 30, 2016
Bushfires in Tasmania
- Landsat 8 - OLI
- Aqua - MODIS
- Data Date: January 30, 2016
- Visualization Date: February 2, 2016
In January 2016, lightning ignited dozens of fires in northwestern Tasmania.
Sensors on the Aqua, Terra, and Suomi NPP satellites began to detect an increase in fire activity in the region on January 14, 2016. During the following weeks, fires charred tens of thousands of hectares, including parts of a World Heritage site.
On January 30, 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a natural-color image (above) showing a fresh burn scar east of Granville Harbor. Charred vegetation appears gray. Winds blew a plume of smoke to the south.
Several days earlier, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image (below) showing several fires burning through forested areas southeast of Cradle Mountain. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected the unusually warm surface temperatures associated with the fires.
acquired January 21, 2016
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
This image record originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.