Helping fight bushfires from Space

Satellites are our eyes in the sky and help us better understand our planet. Join us to learn how they also help us fight bushfires!

We have eyes in the sky, satellite instruments that image our planet and help us to observe and understand the earth processes.

In her talk, Dr Marta Yebra will present how satellite data and mapping techniques can help bushfire managers to better prepare and respond to bushfire.

Suitable for aged 6-12+.

But if you're older and interested, join anyway!

Timezone: Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne [AEST]

About Dr. Marta Yebra

Dr Marta Yebra, Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University, is often called to help on-the-ground, bushfire-fighting teams better understand fires by using satellite data.

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.

Zoom Information

Zoom links will be sent via email to attendees on:

  • Thur, 3 Sep, 5 pm [AEST]
  • Sat, 5 Sep, 10:15 am [AEST]

Facebook Live

A parallel Facebook Live stream will also be shared on the Young Stars Facebook page, so if you miss out on registering in time, join us there.

Ticket sales will close on Fri, 4 Sep, 6 pm AEST.

[Image Credit: NASA]

About Marta

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, and Associate Editor for Remote Sensing of Environment.

Marta advised the NSW Rural Fire Service throughout the 2019-2020 fire season and regularly consults with emergency agencies across Australia.

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.

Among all the amazing things she does, Marta is now leading the development of a satellite to measure forest fuel load and vegetation moisture levels across Australia to help mitigate the threat from bushfires.

This bushfire-sensing satellite will be designed, developed and built at the ANU Mount Stromlo campus.