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For product codes and example imagery, see further below.

For the definition of areas, see  here .

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It is highly recommended to check the area of coverage displayed in the images below before downloading data.

Available products are listed below.

Further data will become available frequently. It is therefore recommended to check the list of available products regularly.

We are unable to notify visitors individually when new data and products become available.

Most of these data sets are very large - please check your available disk space.

Imagery for product codes and coverage will be updated updated/added as soon as possible

File Formats

Images and data are available in various forms for these areas in the Adelaide Hills

and for these areas on Kangaroo Island.

(some products are available in more than one form)

Google Earth kmz-files -  to be loaded into Google Earth for viewing.

Google Earth is free and can be downloaded from

jpg-files - can be loaded/viewed in image viewing programs; zip-file contains geo-referencing info.

Some jpgs are available as zipped files - unzip before viewing

Lidar laz-files - require a pointcloud viewer

Unless you have your own preferences, you may want to try DispLAZ (

It should be obvious, but needs to be said:

All data is ARA Copyright.

If you use the data for any purpose, there has to be a reference to ARA - Airborne Research Australia.

These data cannot be offered for sale in any form or manner.

The data are made available "as is" - without any warranty of any type.

By downloading this data, you confirm that you will only use this data under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 License.

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Currently available products, data sets and file format for the defined areas

Breakneck River Wset  6 Feb 2020

JPG, KMZ - 7.6cm RGB mosaic - 3.13GB/3.43GB

JPG, KMZ - 20cm CIR composite - 357MB/309MB

JPG, KMZ - 25cm Lidar DSM & DTM - 362MB/379MB

LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud (14 tiles - 14 files)

LAZ - CIR-coloured Lidar pointcloud (all in one)


Cygnet Park (not much burnt) 28 Jan 2020:

JPG, KMZ - 7cm RGB mosaic   -  582MB/720MB

JPG, KMZ - 17cm CIR-composite - 154MB/127MB   NEW

LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud  -  2.75GB (8 tiles in 8 tiles)

LAZ - CIR-coloured Lidar pointcloud  -  2.75GB (all in one)

Ravine des Casoars (partly) 27 Jan 2020:

JPG, KMZ - 15cm RGB mosaic  - 1.20GB/1.29GB  (9 tiles)


JPG, KMZ - 25cm Lidar DSM & DTM - 1.29GB/978MB  (9 tiles)

JPG, KMZ - 37cm CIR-composite - 223MB/212MB  (4 files)  NEW

LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud  - 5.33GB (9 tiles in 9 files)



Visitors Centre 2020:

JPG, KMZ - 7.6cm RGB mosaic  - 1.81GB/1.95GB  (4 tiles)

JPG, KMZ - 17cm CIR-composite - 226MB/190MB    NEW

LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud - 2.14GB (6 tiles in 6 files)


Western River 28 Jan 2020:

JPG, KMZ - 8cm RGB mosaic  - 1.19GB/1.62GB  (4 tiles)

JPG, KMZ - 25cm Lidar DSM & DTM -  437MB/535MB (2 files)


JPG, KMZ - CIR composite - 247MB/215MB

LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud - 6.67GB (16 tiles in 16 files)

LAZ - CIR-coloured Lidar pointcloud - 6.65GB (all in one)

Description of and comments to available products

The greyscale images for the Lidar DSM and DTM are **not** elevation files, but only geo-referenced images for viewing. If you need the actual elevation (TIF) files, please contact us via - or use Martin Isenburg's LAStools utilities or other suitable software.

The grey scale images were rendered using RVT - Relief Visualization Toolbox Version 2.0

Kokalj, Žiga, Klemen Zakšek and Krištof Oštir. 2011. Application of Sky-View Factor for the Visualization of Historic

Landscape Features in Lidar-Derived Relief Models. Antiquity 85 (327): 263–273.

Zakšek, Klemen, Krištof Oštir and Žiga Kokalj. 2011. Sky-View Factor as a Relief Visualization Technique. Remote Sensing 3: 398–415.

On the hyperspectral CIR-images (Colour InfraRed), one can often see "striping" between the flightlines. This "striping" can be eliminated, but that's a time-consuming process and at this stage we decided to leave it as is, because the information contained in these images would not change - the images would just look "nicer".

CIR-images show the health of vegetation in red colours - the brighter the red, the healthier it is. Browns tend to show dried foliage, blacks and greys are burnt. Our CIR-images were generated from our VNIR hyperspectral pushbroom line scanner, a SPECIM EAGLE II, configured to deliver the best SNR by binning down from 495 down to 128 bands between 400nm to 1000nm. The raw EAGLE data was processed with ARA in-house software and instrument calibrations through to calibrated at-sensor radiances and has not yet been corrected for atmospheric, topographic or other illumination effects. 

The EAGLE is paired with an OXTS RT4003 L1/L2 dual antenna MEMS-based attitude and heading system. The data from the OXTS RT4003 system was post-processed using OXTS software.

Georeferencing of the hyperspectral data at this stage has only been done by projection onto SRTM elevations and is not at a final level of precision.

If you would like to dive further into the hyperspectral data, please contact us and we'd be pleased to discuss and share it - the full hyperspectral data has been processed to individual gridded flightlines in .BSQ-format but these are large files requiring suitable software for further analysis and processing (such as ENVI and ATCOR or similar) and so we are not distributing these files in the same way as other data.

All Lidar data was collected using a Riegl Q680i-S small-footprint laser scanner coupled to a NOVATEL SPAN tactical grade IMU/GPS  system that includes a LITEF ISA fibre-based gyro. The LIdar data was initally processed into sdc-files by the RiAnalyze software. LAZ-files were then generated by bringing together the sdc-data with the navigation data from the NOVATEL SPAN system. The LAZ-files were then further processed using a combination of Martin Isenburg's LAStools utilities and the GlobalMapper software. Visualisations were generated using POTREE; animations were generated using the VEESUS ARENA4 software.

If you would like to work with the raw or intermediate Lidar data, or even with the full-waveform data, please contact us.

All RGB images were taken by a CANON EOS Mk4 DSLR fitted with a CANON EF24mm f/1.4L II USM lens and initially processed by the DxO-Software using standard settings. The RGB-mosaics were generated using the Agisoft MetaShape software.

If you would like to get the raw images from the RGB-camera, please contact us.

Breakneck River  West 6 Feb 2020:



JPG, KMZ - 7.6cm RGB-mosaic - 3.13GB/3.43GB


LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud -  4.46GB (14 tiles)

LAZ - CIR-coloured Lidar pointcloud - 4.86GB

JPG, KMZ - 25cm Lidar DSM & DTM - 379MB/362MB

JPG, KMZ - 7cm CIR-composite - 309MB/357MB


Cygnet Park 27 Jan 2020:



JPG, KMZ - 7cm RGB-mosaic - 780MB/582MB (2 tiles)


LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud -  2.75GB (8 tiles)

LAZ - CIR-coloured Lidar pointcloud - 2.94GB

JPG, KMZ - 17cm CIR-composite - 154MB/127MB


Ravine de Casoars (part only)  27 Jan 2020:



JPG, KMZ - 15cm RGB-mosaic - 1.21GB/1.29GB


LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud -  5.33GB (9 tiles)

JPG, KMZ - 25cm Lidar DSM & DTM - 1.29GB/979MB

Visitors Centre 6 Feb 2020:



JPG, KMZ - 7.6cm RGB-mosaic - 1.81GB/1.94GB (4 tiles)


LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud -  5.33GB (6 tiles)


Western River (part only)  28 Jan 2020:



JPG, KMZ - 8cm RGB-mosaic - 1.62GB/1.19GB/1.29GB


LAZ - RGB-coloured Lidar pointcloud -  6.67GB (16 tiles)

LAZ - CIR-coloured Lidar pointcloud - 6.65GB

JPG, KMZ - 25cm Lidar DSM & DTM - 535MB/437MB

light blue:

JPG, KMZ - hyperspectral CIR-composite 247MB/215MB


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