The 2019/2020 bushfire season in Victoria has been exceptional in size and impact. The Land Information and Spatial Services branch of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning wants to ensure that comprehensive spatial data is easily available to support ongoing response and recovery.
The branch is responsible for providing accessible foundational spatial data services through Vicmap, coordinating the acquisition of aerial photography and elevation data, and leading industry engagement activities that connect government, community and business customers with spatial services.
Many spatial datasets are available through online interactive web mapping platforms including DELWP’s Mapshare.
For web map services or spatial data downloads, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software package is usually required. A commonly used, free and open-source GIS package is QGIS.
The Coordinated Imagery Program (CIP) are acquiring post-fire four band (RGBI) aerial photography to help with fire recovery operations. Rural areas will be captured at a 20 cm resolution, and 10 cm over fire effected towns and DELWP priority areas. This imagery is under a six-month release embargo but may eventually be made available to interested users.
Key spatial data websites
Fire severity map of the major fires in Gippsland and north east Victoria in 2019/20 (version 1.0)
Fire severity classification of bushfires (wildfires) impacting ~1.5 million hectares of predominantly forested public land in eastern and north-eastern Victoria (and ~300,000 ha of southern NSW), between November 2019 and March 2020.
Digital Elevation Model (DEM)
10m Digital Elevation Model (DEM) or Victoria
Imagery and Elevation
CIP Forward Capture Plans
Plans for contracted acquisitions of imagery and elevation not yet completed
Emergency Incidents and Warning Map
Emergency incidents and warning across Victoria
Affected Communities and Assets
Australian Exposure Information Platform
Provides information on building, businesses and people; public facilities and infrastructure assets; agricultural commodities, and environmental holdings within Australia.
Other open Victorian Government Data
The online platform for searching all open Victorian government datasets
Department of Premier and Cabinet
If you are experiencing issues connecting to web services, downloading spatial data, or have questions about a spatial dataset, please contact the GIS Help Desk at GIS.HelpDesk@delwp.vic.gov.au
Imagery or elevation data and acquisitions
- If your organisation is a partner or subscriber to the Coordinated Imagery Program, or interested in procuring new imagery or elevation data over bushfire-affected areas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Older imagery and elevation data is available to other users from providers and resellers listed here: https://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/maps/spatial-data/victorian-spatial-data/licensing#DSP
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