SAR Orbit number: 50762
4 January 2005
This Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) multitemporal colour composite image
is centred over Damascus (bright area centre left), the capital city of Syria and one
of the world's oldest cities.
Damascus is situated on a plateau 690 metres above sea level, bordered by the
Anti-Lebanon Mountains to the west, and the desert to the east.
Visible throughout the arid plateau region east of Damascus are oases, streams, and a
few interior rivers that empty into swamps and small lakes providing water for local
irrigation. Most important of these is the Barada, a river that rises in the
Anti-Lebanon Mountains and disappears into the desert. The Barada creates the Al Ghutah
Oasis, surrounding Damascus, a verdant area some 370 kilometers square, that has
enabled Damascus to prosper since ancient times.
The image is made of three ERS-2 SAR PRI (Precision Radar Image) images acquired on
different dates and assigning a colour (RGB) to each date of acquisition.
- Instrument: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
- Dates of Acquisition: Red: 04 January 2005, Green: 21 May 1996 , Blue: 28 September
- Orbit number: 50762, 5672, 23207
- Instrument features:
NE Lat/Long: N 33.87 / E 37.20
NW Lat/Long: N 34.06 / E 36.14
SW Lat/Long: N 33.12 / E 35.93
SE Lat/Long: N 32.94 / E 36.97
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Keywords: ESA European
Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne,
observation de la terre, earth observation,
satellite remote sensing,
teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar,
chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar,