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Operators NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Date of Launch NOAA-N (NOAA-18): 20 May 2005

NOAA-19: 6 Feb 2009

Status Operational
Orbit Height 833±19 km or 870±19 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous circular, PM orbit
Repeat Cycle daily
Resolution 1 km
Swath Width 2900 km
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer)

The distribution of the data acquired by NOAA is governed by the ESA Data Policy. Starting from 2010 only archive data is available.


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Belgium and the Netherlands

20 August 2019

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Proba-V coastal applications

Turbidity is a measure of the clarity of water and an important parameter in environmental monitoring. High turbidity can be linked to a high amount of sediments suspended in water. These sediments prevent light reaching aquatic plants and organisms and can carry contaminants. The aquaculture sector, environmental agencies or dredging companies can all benefit and take actions based on turbidity measures.

Although Proba-V is a vegetation satellite designed to observe the land surface, the satellite can also cover coastal waters.  The resolution and specifications of Proba-V facilitate the generation of near daily turbidity maps in coastal areas.

The turbidity map below uses Proba-V imagery of the Eastern part of the North Sea, near Belgium and the southern part of the Netherlands. The image was captured on 3 April 2016. Higher turbidity values are present in the Scheldt river and coastline around Zeebrugge.

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© ESA-BELSPO 2019, produced by VITO
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Gran Canaria wildfire

21 August 2019

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An unprecedented wildfire has ripped through the island of Gran Canaria, one of Spain's Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. The wildfire, which started on Saturday 17 August, has now started to subside after engulfing around 10 000 hectares of land, leading to the evacuation of over 9000 people.

This false colour image, captured on 19 August, was created using the shortwave infrared bands from the Copernicus Sentinel-2's instrument, and allows us to clearly see the fires on the ground in bright orange. Burn scars are visible in dark brown. These bands also allow us to see through smoke – but not clouds.

The Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service was activated to help respond to the fire. The service uses satellite observations to help civil protection authorities and, in cases of disaster, the international humanitarian community, respond to emergencies.

The fire started near the town of Tejeda and spread to Tamadaba Natural Park, driven by a combination of high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. According to authorities, over 700 firefighters on the ground and 16 aircraft helped tackle the blaze, with some flames reaching over 50 metres in height.

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