Detail View: Fire and Smoke Image Gallery: Bushfires in Southeast Australia

Title: 
Bushfires in Southeast Australia
Creator: 
NASA
Description: 
East of Churchill, Victoria, a burn scar left by one of the deadly Australian bushfires in February 2009 sprawls across the landscape in this image captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite on March 14. The image combines visible light with near-infrared light, and although the resulting false-color image doesn't look like a natural photo, it makes the burned areas (charcoal-brown) stand out better from unburned vegetation (red) and areas where vegetation is naturally sparse or dormant (beige). The burn scar is brown is some places and more charcoal-colored in others. The differences could be because the severity of the fire was different from place to place, but it could also be due to differences in the type of vegetation that burned and the characteristics of the underlying soil. According to news reports, this fire resulted in nearly two dozen deaths, and it appears to have resulted from arson. Image credit: NASA/Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team Text credit: Rebecca Lindsey, NASA's Earth Observatory
Date: 
3/18/09
Identifier: 
319708main_churchill_4x3_full
MediaType: 
Image
Year: 
2009
What: 
Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
What: 
ASTER
What: 
Terra
What: 
Visible Light
What: 
Earth
Where: 
Australia