Minimize Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca, located in the central-western part of Morocco bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. It is also the largest city in the Maghreb, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically. Casablanca is Morocco's chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the continent. According to the 2014 population estimate, the city has a population of about 3.35 million in the urban area and over 6.8 million in the Casablanca-Settat region. Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco, although the national political capital is Rabat. The leading Moroccan companies and international corporations doing business in the country have their headquarters and main industrial facilities in Casablanca. Recent industrial statistics show Casablanca retains its historical position as the main industrial zone of the country. The Port of Casablanca is one of the largest artificial ports in the world, and the second largest port of North Africa, after Tanger-Med 40 km east of Tangier. Casablanca also hosts the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

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Today our tour focuses on the city of Casablanca in Morocco. Casablanca, is the chief seaport of the country, on the Atlantic Ocean near Rabat. Casablanca is one of the leading commercial cities of North Africa. It is home to the largest artificial harbour in the world: most of the foreign trade of Morocco passes through the city. Casablanca also is the country's chief industrial centre, where the leading industries are fishing, fish canning, and sawmilling.

During World War II Casablanca was one of the three key landing places for the invasion of North Africa by Allied forces. The city was the site of the Casablanca Conference (January 1943) between United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, at which both leaders pledged that their countries would fight until the Axis powers surrendered unconditionally. The withdrawal of the French in 1956 after Morocco became independent caused Casablanca severe economic hardship. A thriving tourist trade and increased industry subsequently restored its prosperity.

The aim of these images acquired by Landsat 8 and 5, is to show the urban development that has taken place during the last 13 years. The images clearly show that the northern section of the city has undergone major development. This change is more evident in the image acquired by Sentinel-2 (in higher-10m resolution). Another aim of these images is to promote the opportunity to download Landsat data through the ESA portals (or third party mission free catalogue), where images captured every day are made available in near real time to the users and the scientific community.

Landsat full resolution data products are freely available for immediate download at:

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View Landsat 8 OLI high resolution image (JPG 3.8 MB)

View Landsat 5 TM high resolution image (JPG 3.2 MB)

Technical Information of original image
Product: Geo Tiff format
Satellite/Sensor: Landsat 8 OLI & Landsat 5 TM
Resolution: 30 metres
Coverage: 180 x 180 KM
Acq. Date: 07 August 2018 and 03 August 2005
Band Combination used to create this image: 4, 3, 2 (R-G-B) and 3, 2, 1 (R-G-B) Visible colour layers


Sentinel-2 view

This image below, acquired by the optical sensor on the Copernicus Sentinel-2, aims to show the same area with the same bands combination of Landsat 8, but with different pixel resolution compared to the Landsat 8 imagery.

Casablanca - 2018

View Sentinel-2 high resolution image (JPG 2.5 MB)

Technical Information of original image
Product: Geo Tiff format
Satellite/Sensor: Sentinel-2 (Optical Sensor)
Resolution: 10 metres
Acq. Date: 19 September 2018
Band Combination used to create this image: 4, 3, 2 (R-G-B) Visible colour layers
Map of area

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