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Climate Change’s Mixed Effects in Northern Europe

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June 4th, 2013 Category: Climate Change AVHRRMetOp

Northern Europe – June 1st, 2013

This image focuses on northern Europe, including parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden, northwestern Russia and Estonia. In northern Europe, climate change is initially projected to bring mixed effects, including some benefits such as reduced demand for heating, increased crop yields, and increased forest growth. However, as climate change continues, negative impacts are likely to outweigh benefits. These include more frequent winter floods, endangered ecosystems, and increasing ground instability (click here for more information).

Climate Change and the Pyrenees, Spain and France

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March 3rd, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Mountains

Spain – March 2nd, 2013

Europe’s mountain regions may suffer some of the most severe impacts of climate change. Increasing temperatures can change snow-cover patterns and lead to water shortages. Species may also face extinction if unable to move northward or uphill.

Temperatures are rising faster in mountainous regions, making them particularly vulnerable to climate change. Glaciers in the Pyrenees, whose snow-capped peaks are visible in the upper right quadrant, along the France-Spain border, have shrunk considerably over the past 150 years.


Smoke from Balkan Fires West of Carpathian Mountains

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September 19th, 2012 Category: Fires, Mountains

Europe – September 2nd, 2012

Smoke from fires in the Balkans blows northward over Europe. Visible to the east of the cloud of smoke is the distinctive green, backwards S-shape of the Carpathian Mountains, which run through the Czech Republic in the northwest, through Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine, to Romania in the east and on to the Iron Gates on the River Danube between Romania and Serbia in the south.

Paisley Patterns of Phytoplankton in Barents Sea

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September 13th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Russia – August 30th, 2012

The green and blue paisley patterns in the Barents Sea north of Norway (left) and Russia (right) are caused by a phytoplankton bloom  (click here for previous images). Some of the darker green coloring close to the shoreline, however, is likely due to an influx of sediments from rivers flowing across northern Europe.

Smoke from Fires in Croatia Spreads Across Eastern Europe – August 28th, 2012

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August 28th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Croatia – August 26th, 2012

As Croatia experiences one its hottest summers in history fires have been spreading along the popular southern coast where thousands of tourists are on holiday. Hundreds of firefighters from all over the Balkan state arrived to defend houses around the southern coastal village of Skradin, which caught fire on Monday. The blaze spread for kilometres within half an hour. Here, smoke from the fires can be seen blowing southward over Greece, eastward across Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, and northeastward over Hungary.