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Sundarbans, Bangladesh & India

18 August 2015


This 100 m Proba-V image of 28 January 2015 presents the Sundarbans region, which is home to the world's largest mangrove forest and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

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Wildfires in California, USA

11 August 2015


This 100 m false-colour Proba-V image of 4 August 2015 shows a large wildfire (~50 km2) in northeastern California that spread rapidly because of strong, dry wind.

The bright red pixels indicate the fire, while the accompanying smoke and ash plumes appear as light-blue.

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Deforestation, Cambodia

05 August 2015


This 100 m false-colour Proba-V image of 21 January 2015 shows deforested areas as brown patches, while areas that still contain rain forest are shown in green. Further, Lake Tonle Sap and the Mekong River are visible in the lower and right image part, respectively. Just north of the lake, the famous Angkor Wat temple complex can be recognised by the rectangular shape.

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Northern Italy

31 July 2015

Lakes on the southern side of the Italian Alps are pictured in this early acquisition by the Sentinel-2A satellite. It is a subset of Sentinel-2's very first acquisition on 27 June 2015, just four days after launch.

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Atacama Desert, northern Chile

29 July 2015


This 100 m Proba-V image of 17 May 2015 shows the Chilean north coast area and the dry river valleys in the left part. The blue-green area in the right part is the Salar du Surire, a salt plain containing several lakes with nesting flamingo colonies. Just northeast of this plain, the Pukintika volcano (5,407 m) is visible as a light-blue area.

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Southern Bavaria

24 July 2015

This image from Sentinel-1A's radar captures part of Germany's state of Bavaria, with the city of Munich on the right and Augsburg at the centre. The image combines three radar scans from Sentinel-1A in March and April 2015.

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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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