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Australia to monitor bushfires in real-time

Australia: Geoscience Australia is working on a project which would give firefighters access to real-time information on the development of bushfire hotspots. This system will use Japanese satellite Himawari-8. This satellite features a 16 channel multispectral imager to capture visible light and infrared images of the Asia-Pacific region. It will send imagery to emergency services and the Australian public every 10 minutes. This will be a huge improvement over the current frequency, where images are received only every six hours. So, Geoscience will be able to measure hotspots 144 times a day, and not just four times every day. The system will be called Sentinel, and it is expected to start operations by the mid of 2016.

Source: ABC