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Haze from Po Valley to Apulia Coast, Italy

45.4N 9.1E

March 5th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Clouds

Italy – March 4th, 2013

Haze hangs over the Po Valley of northern Italy, hemmed in between the Alps to the north and the Apennines to the southeast. It also spreads southeastward past the Po Delta, and then frames Italy’s Adriatic Coast, reaching southward to the shoreline of the Apulia Region.

The source of the haze could be fires, fog, or smog and air pollution. Air pollution is one important factor in climate change in Italy. Air pollutants arise from biomass burning, urban-industrial and natural sources. Under certain atmospheric circulation configurations, long-range or trans-boundary transport of pollutants, including aerosols, carbon monoxide, ozone, desert dust, mould spores and pesticide may occur over large distances and over time scales of typically four to six days (click here for more information).


Haze Over Northern Italy and Sediments Around Gargano Promontory

40.5N 15.0E

March 6th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Rivers, Sediments, Volcanoes

Italy - March 3rd, 2012

Sediments line the Adriatic coast of Italy, particularly around the Gargano Promontory. Gargano is a historical and geographical Italian sub-region situated in Apulia, consisting of a wide isolated mountain massif made of highland and several peaks and forming the backbone of the Gargano Promontory projecting into the Adriatic Sea.

Moving northwards, haze can be seen over the Po Valley in the upper left quadrant. The valley is a plain around the River Po that extends approximately 650 km (400 mi) in an east-west direction, with an area of 46,000 km² (17,756 mi²); it runs from the Western Alps to the Adriatic Sea.

Visible in the lower part of the image, on the island of Sicily, is Mount Etna, its peak capped with white snow. In the full image, some faint ash can be seen spreading eastward from the volcano’s caldera, as Etna recently erupted for the third time in 2012 (click here for an article on the recent eruption).

Haze Over Adriatic Sea Between Italy and Croatia

43.1N 16.4E

March 1st, 2011 Category: Clouds

Italy and Croatia - February 11th, 2011

A slight haze is present over the Adriatic Sea, between Italy (left) and Croatia (right). It spreads out from near the Gargano Peninsula, in Apulia, and is framed by “popcorn” clouds to the east.

The haze almost reaches some of the islands along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Although the islands and most of the shoreline are snow free, a dusting of snow can be seen further inland, particularly in more hilly and mountainous areas.

Vegetation Index of Italy: High Near Apennines, Low in Apulia

41.4N 14.2E

September 7th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Italy - August 24th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on the country of Italy, showing its vegetation index. The areas with the highest index, brownish red in color, are located in the north of the country, along the lower flanks of the Apennine Range.

Much of the rest of the country is green, indicating good values of photosynthetic activity. The areas of Italy with the lowest index of vegetation, whitish yellow, are present in the south of the country, in the Apulia region (known as Puglia in Italian).

Southern Italy from Bari to Taranto

40.5N 17.2E

March 15th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Italy - February 18th, 2010

Italy - February 18th, 2010

This orthorectified image of Apulia in southern Italy stretches from Taranto, on the shores of the Gulf of Taranto (below) to Bari, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea (above).

Taranto is an important commercial and military port. It has well-developed steel and iron foundries, oil refineries, chemical works, some shipyards for building warships, and food-processing factories.

As a consequence of the poisons discharged into the air by the factories on its territory, Taranto is the most polluted city in Italy and western Europe. As a matter of fact, only 7% of Taranto’s pollution is inhabitants-related: 93% is factories-related.

Every year Taranto’s inhabitants inhale 2.7 carbon monoxide tons and 57.7 carbon dioxide tons. The latest data provided by the INES, the Italian National Institute of Emissions and Their Sources, confirm that Taranto is comparable to the Chinese Linfen and the Romanian Copşa Mică, the most polluted cities in the world due to factory emissions.