NOAA AVHRR Scenes of the New South Wales Bushfires
December 2nd 1997
The application of multiple polar-orbiting NOAA satellites enable
earth observers numerous views of a region within a short time-frame.
This makes them ideal for monitoring large and dynamic events such as
floods, cyclones, dust-storms and bushfires.
These images of the NSW region for December 2nd 1997 were made from
data received within a four hour period from the NOAA14 and NOAA12
The NOAA14 scene was taken at 0455 GMT or 1555 AEST and contains
visible information from the AVHRR channel 1 sensor. Here the very
bright pixels describe the smoke plumes which indicate the very
strong westerly winds at the time.
The NOAA12 scene was taken at 0835 GMT or 1935 AEST and contains
thermal information from the AVHRR channel 3 sensor.Here the very
bright pixels show the actual fire fronts. Please note each pixel
is ~ 1.1 Km square.