Burnt Forests & Drought Seen by Space – Satellite Comparison of Previous Years

Comparing satellite imagery of December 2019 is an incredible eye opener to again illustrate how significant the drought and bushfires have been over parts of eastern Australia. 

The first comparison shown is between December 2018 and December 2019.  The contrast is a shocking one, with vast expanses of green forest and grassland present in December 2018 compared to a literal desert landscape of brown and dead vegetation across the region in December 2019.

The next comparison is between August 2019 and December 2019 – this time zoomed in further in NE NSW.  August is one of the driest months of the year for this region – compared to a traditionally much wetter month (December).   But the most amazing (and sad) feature is that vast forests can be seen burnt out.  Once green forests and rainforests have been burnt to such a severe extent that their dead and brown vegetation is showing up as large brown areas on the satellite imagery.

At the time this was written, nearly 20,000 square kilometres of land has been burnt out by bushfires this season.  As a comparison – this is approximately half the size of Switzerland.

Lastly we compare a wet December (December 2010) compared to December 2019 and again the difference is shocking.  While the summer of 2010-11 was incredible wet (and caused devastating floods), it really does illustrate just how extreme and cruel the Australian climate can be.