Helping bushfire managers from space


The Australian National University (ANU) and the ANU Institute for Space (InSpace) are marking World Space Week this year (4-10 October), with a suite of virtual events to introduce you to the challenges Australia faces in space and how they affect you.  

What will Australia face during the future bushfire seasons? Is there anything we could be doing differently to mitigate risks and give on-the-ground firefighting teams more tools for success? ANU Institute for Space (InSpace) Mission Specialist Dr Marta Yebra, Director of the ANU Bushfire Initiative is focussed on giving Australians a better view of our bushland in the future and developing a revolutionary national system to detect fires as soon as they start, and put them out within minutes through an innovative bushfire satellite constellation and on-ground sensor network. She will talk about her plans with the ANU Institute for Space Director, Professor Anna Moore.

Dr Marta Yebra is a Senior Lecturer in Environment and Engineering at the Fenner School of Environment & Society and Research School of Aerospace, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering ), Mission Specialist of the ANU Institute for Space, Director of the ANU Bushfire Initiative  and Associate editor for Remote Sensing of Environment. Her research focuses on using remote sensing data to monitor, quantify and forecast natural resources, natural hazards, and landscape function and health at local, regional and global scales. Marta led the development of the Australian Flammability Monitoring System and it is now designing Australia's first satellite mission to help forecast vulnerable areas where bushfires are at highest risk of starting or burning out of control.  

Professor Anna Moore is at the forefront of the expansion of Australia's space industry. She is director of the ANU Institute for Space (InSpace), the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre and the National Space Test Facility at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory. Professor Moore was part of the expert reference group that created the Australian Space Agency. She is a world-leading expert in astronomical instrumentation and a global leader in the emerging field of transient infrared astronomy. Her expertise is critical to the space industry in Australia, NASA, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, and other global space industry partners.