Identifying water sources for aerial firefighting | Natural Hazards Research Australia

Identifying water sources for aerial firefighting

Research theme
  • Situational awareness
  • Operational response and innovation
Project type

Core research

Project status


Working closely with the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, this project will extend the work already done through the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Identifying water sources using satellite imagery project to work towards delivery of a spatial product whose primary use will be identifying the locations of accessible water bodies in near real time. 

Project details

This phase of the research will focus on the translation of the proof of concept work undertaken as part of the Black Summer research program and will actively engage NAFC, NSW RFS and Victoria's CFA to work toward delivering a product that can be used to: 

  • identify aircraft-accessible water bodies 

  • contribute to aircraft selection and allocation based on access to water 

  • contribute to efficient use of aircraft 

  • provide advice to Air Desks, air bases and air crews to assist in their situational awareness and decision-making.