The worst drought in living memory swept parts of eastern Australia, leaving farmers struggling to cope and asking questions about the future. This project uses soil moisture, rainfall and vegetation data to explain just how dry the land is and why this drought is unlike others.
What makes this project innovative?
The extreme granularity of the high-resolution soil moisture data is extremely readable by a general audience due to the way it's presented. Remarkable drone imagery compliments the maps to help maintain reader engagement.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
The project was the most detailed account of what was happening in eastern Australia by any news organisation.
Source and methodology
Data came from Australian Bureau of Statistics. We mapped a number of raster data files and experimented with the colour palette to compliment the imagery. Some custom vegetation analysis was also done using google Earth Engine and satellite imagery. We also used some 3D software to explain soil moisture depth.
Simon Scarr, Jin Wu, Weiyi Cai, Chris Inton