Sensors on board satellites record the intensity of reflected light from both the visible and invisible parts of the spectrum. Some sensors also record transmitted light in the form of heat or radiation. This data can be used to create an image similar to a photograph.
Landsat satellite imagery, acquired on a 2 ~ 3 week cycle, is used in natural resource management, vegetation mapping, geological applications and urban, regional or property planning.
Digital satellite data can be purchased from the department, however certain conditions apply. View conditions and pricing. See more information about Landsat data on the Geoscience Australia webpages.
Whole of government imagery
Although LandSat satellite imagery is used extensively both within government and externally, other satellite imagery with better resolution is also used. This includes Spot, Ikonos and Quickbird satellite imagery with pixel sizes ranging from 10 metres to 0.6 metres respectively.
This imagery is strictly licensed for government use only.
A map of Queensland can be viewed showing the footprints of satellite imagery (PDF, 350K)* purchased and archived in the department.
Technical advice Contact Information for SLATS derived products and image data.
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Last reviewed 26 March 2012
Last updated 3 November 2010