Eyes on Earth Episode 27 - Australian Wildfires

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Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we hear from an Australian remote sensing scientist on the role of satellites during a recent outbreak of wildfires.

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Color image of Australian wildfire with the graphic for the podcast "Eyes on Earth"

Simon Oliver (top) and Steve Labahn

Summary: The continent of Australia experienced some of the most devastating wildfires in its history in late 2019 and early 2020. Remote sensing scientists in Australia, who collaborate closely with EROS, relied on satellites like Landsat to help assess and monitor the damage. In this episode, we hear from one of our Australian partners on the value of satellite imagery before, during, and after a wildfire, and we explore how cross-hemisphere partnerships improve our understanding of disasters around the globe.

Guests: Simon Oliver, Geoscience Australia, Steve Labahn, USGS

Host: Steve Young

Producer: Brian Hauge

Release date: June 15, 2020

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