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Alakol Lake

23 September 2016

Large chunks of broken ice float in east-central Kazakhstan's Alakol Lake in this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image from 5 April 2016.

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Poyang Lake

16 September 2016

Southern China's Poyang Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the country. Located in Jiangxi province, this lake is an important habitat for migrating Siberian cranes, many of which spend the winter there. Radar images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission have been used to monitor the evolution of the lake, including this image which combines two radar scans from 7 and 19 March 2016.

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Madeira in flames

13 September 2016


From 9-16 August, fires raged across the Portuguese island of Madeira, a popular summer holiday destination. Smoke plumes and extensive burn scars can easily be spotted in this Proba-V image.

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Barents bloom

09 September 2016

Although it may appear as a watercolour painting, this image is a natural-colour capture of a plankton bloom in the Barents Sea by the Sentinel-2A satellite, acquired on 30 June 2016.

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Upsala glacier

02 September 2016

The Upsala Glacier in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 22 January 2016.

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Mission Exploitation Platform - Proba-V

30 August 2016


This Proba-V image is an example of what the Mission Exploitation Platform is capable of. The N-daily Compositor service produces on-demand composites from Proba-V data, from any part of the world and within a time period chosen by the user.

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Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. Join ESA every Friday at 10:00 CEST for an 800 km-high tour with spectacular images from Earth-observing satellites.

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See views of the Earth acquired by the Proba-V satellite. A new Proba-V image, produced by VITO, is published each week and demonstrates applications of the vegetation mission.

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The Earth Watching project is an ESA/ESRIN service to help local authorities and to promote the benefits of remote sensing data during emergencies, sending images and articles to newspapers, magazines and TV stations.

The Earth Watching website features not only imagery of natural disasters, but also promotes various satellite remote sensing applications through images and articles. Some examples are shown in the special events part of the website.

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