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How viewing Earth from space can better predict droughts and fires

Australian coast seen from space when ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano circled the Earth on the International Space Station during his Volare mission in 2013.

Drought and Bushfires risk could soon be predicted months in advance, thanks to emerging research using satellite technologies. Scientists have been measuring groundwater and soil moisture using data from satellites orbiting the Earth. And it could give Australians forecasters a new tool for mitigating some of the effects of climate change.

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