Queensland Floods as seen from Space

January 8, 2011 | By | 1 Comment
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The European Space Agency has released as its ‘Image of the Week’ an image taken by the Enviasat Earth Observation Satellite showing the scale of the ongoing Queensland floods. The image was taken on 2 January 2011.

This image, acquired by Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS), on 2 January 2011 shows the inundated areas currently causing misery in Australia's northeastern state of Queensland. The image shows an area measuring approximately 450 km from east to west and about 350 km north to south. Although much of the ground is shrouded by cloud, the murky brown river flood water can clearly be seen. Credits: ESA

The image is even more dramatic when you compare it to this image taken 2 November 2010 by the same satellite.

This Envisat image features the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s Queensland coast. It is the world’s most protected marine area, one of its natural wonders and a World Heritage site. Spanning more than 2000 km and covering an area of some 350 000 sq km, it is the largest living structure on Earth and the only one visible from space. This image was acquired by Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) on 8 November 2010 at a resolution of 300 m. Credits: ESA

A courtesy note for those still on dial-up Internet access. The high resolution images (which you can download by clicking on the above images) are almost 2M each.

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