Spark - using big data and geospatial intelligence to save lives in bushfires

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Publication Date: 
December 2018
Case study from: Australia's Tech Future

Data61’s Spark platform uses state-of-the-art science and new generation computing to predict and visualise the spread of bushfires. It draws from a wide range of geospatial data sources including weather, geography and environmental information.

This knowledge is critical to improved emergency management operations, risk prediction and timely warnings to threatened areas. Spark has particularly helped us understand how power lines impact the potential for bushfires to spread, which was a significant factor in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires that claimed 173 lives and cost an estimated $7 billion.