We hope you enjoy using our website and MapBrowser, our online map interface. We’ve worked very hard to bring them to you.
In creating this website, we are very grateful for the additional information from the following sources, which is provided subject to their respective copyrights and licences.
Street Map and Street View™ data are provided by Google, Inc.
By using PhotoMaps with Street Map and Street View™ you are subject to the following Google terms and conditions:
We also acknowledge The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from whom we have obtained some of the images that are included on the website. In particular, we give credit to the following NASA Programs and acknowledge NASA as the owner of the images that come from these programs.
“The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have collected information about Earth from space. This science, known as remote sensing, has matured with the Landsat Program.
Landsat satellites have taken specialised digital photographs of Earth’s continents and surrounding coastal regions for over three decades, enabling people to study many aspects of our planet and to evaluate the dynamic changes caused by both natural processes and human practices.”
— Source: http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/
The high level images of the entire Earth were obtained from NASA’s Earth Observatory. This series of stunning Earth images is affectionately named the “ Blue Marble”.
The images downloadable from NASA include sets taken monthly throughout 2004, known as The Blue Marble: Next Generation. These images allow us to see the seasonal changes over the continents. You can view this amazing transition in our map page.
“Blue Marble: Next Generation was produced by Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). See The Blue Marble Next Generation—A true color Earth dataset including seasonal dynamics from MODIS (880 kB PDF) for acknowledgements. Anyone using or republishing Blue Marble: Next Generation please credit NASA’s Earth Observatory.”
— Source: NASA’s Earth Observatory.
“The National Carbon Accounting System (NCAS) operates one of the largest satellite monitoring programs in the world, providing a comprehensive picture of land cover change over the Australian continent for the past 30 years. The area covers around 7.5 million square kilometres, with environments ranging from desert to rainforest, and through a period of accelerated landscape change. The NCAS uses Landsat satellite imagery to map forest extent at 25 m resolution for several time periods since 1972. A forest is defined as vegetation with a minimum 20 per cent canopy cover, potentially reaching 2 metres high and a minimum area of 0.2 hectares.
All images are geographically and spectrally calibrated to a standard base. Advanced statistical techniques compare and validate changes in individual pixels, and eliminate false change records due to climatic or other environmental effects. Maps of forest cover, clearing and regrowth are produced for each time period. These are attributed for cause of change, as the greenhouse account excludes change that is not attributable to direct human actions.”
For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency web site.