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Mount Etna Volcano (Sicily, Italy)

24 March 2017 - Sentinel-2 captured these views of the most recent eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. The two images acquired in February and March show the volcano before and after the eruption.

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Cape Town, South Africa

17 March 2017 - The city of Cape Town is featured in these comparisons from the Landsat and Sentinel satellites. The images show how the South African capital has changed since 2000 and also demonstrate the differences between optical and radar imagery.

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California fires

26 August 2016 - This Landsat 8 image comparison shows a wildfire raging through drought-parched canyons near Cajon Pass in Southern California, which has forced the mandatory evacuation of thousands of people.

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Fires at Fort McMurray, Canada

31 May 2016 - The massive fire in Alberta, Canada, continues to burn, affecting the 90,000 residents of the city of Fort McMurray. This Landsat 5 and 8 image comparison shows the situation at Fort McMurray two weeks after the fires began.

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The Earth Watching project started at the end of 1993 during an emergency in Germany caused by serious floods that lasted for several days in the Cologne - Bonn area.

We realised that during natural disasters, users and governmental authorities need data over the affected areas in very short timeframes, shorter than normal data delivery times, in order to co-ordinate rescue activities.

The Earth Watching project aim is not only to show natural disasters, but also to promote various satellite remote sensing applications through images and articles. Some examples are shown in the change detection part of this website.

Minimize 25 Years of Landsat

In honour of the twenty year anniversary in 2004, our Landsat Showcase was created to present some of these images and show how some of the world's cities have changed and developed through the duration of the mission.

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