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Vegetation Index of Portugal and Galicia, Spain

42.6N 8W

May 12th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Spain and Portugal - April 27th, 2011

This FAPAR thumbnail image focuses on Galicia, in northwestern Spain, and northern Portugal (the latter can be seen in its entirety in the full image).

Galicia has preserved some of its dense Atlantic forests where wildlife is commonly found. Deforestation, however, is a problem in many areas.

In this image, coastal Spain shows a good (green) to high (rusty red) index of photosynthetic activity. The index of coastal Portugal is also generally good. The index becomes lower (yellow) as one moves inland, however.

Firths Along the Coastline of Galicia, Spain

42.8N 8.8W

May 4th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Spain and Portugal - April 15th, 2011

This image shows northwestern Spain and northern Portugal (lower left quadrant). The northwestern coast of Spain, in Galicia, is particularly rugged, while the coastline of Portugal is considerably smoother.

Topographically, a remarkable feature of Galicia is the presence of many firth-like inlets along the coast, estuaries that were drowned with rising sea levels after the ice age. These are called rías and are divided into the smaller Rías Altas (“High Rías”), and the larger Rías Baixas (“Low Rías”).

Condensation Trails over Northwestern Spain

42.8N 8.5W

October 27th, 2010 Category: Clouds

Spain - October 21st, 2010

The white lines radiating out over northwestern Spain are condensation trails (or contrails) – rows of clouds that form when water molecules clings to airplane exhaust.

The airplanes appear to have been travelling to and from cities in Galicia such as A Coruña, visible as a grey area by the coast on the left side of the image, and Santiago de Compostela, further inland.

A Coruña and Rías Along Coast of Galicia, Spain

43.3N 8.3W

July 14th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Spain - July 5th, 2010

Spain - July 5th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the northwestern coast of Spain in the autonomous community of Galicia. The port city of A Coruña (Spanish: La Coruña, English: Corunna), the second largest city in Galicia and the capital of A Coruña Province, can be seen on the coast at the upper right.

Galicia is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Bay of Biscay to the north, and Portugal to the south. The interior of Galicia is composed of relatively low mountains without sharp peaks. Topographically, a remarkable feature of Galicia is the presence of many fjord-like or firth-like inlets along the coast, called rías – estuaries that were drowned with rising sea levels after the ice age.

Windstorm Xynthia Causes 45 Deaths in Western Europe

48.8N 2.3E

March 1st, 2010 Category: Winds

France - February 28th, 2010

France - February 28th, 2010

At least 45 people have been killed in storms that have lashed parts of Spain, Portugal and France, officials say. Forty of the victims died in western France, where many drowned or were hit by parts of buildings or falling trees.

The windstorm system, named Xynthia, has put five of the 95 French departments on red alert – only the second such warning since the new emergency system was introduced in 2001. Here, the storm can be seen over northern France. Upon opening the full image, Spain and Portugal are visible to the south, and Norway can be seen to the north.

Winds of up to 140km/h (87mph) caused chaos as they moved from Portugal up through the Bay of Biscay. Upon reaching Paris, wind speeds hitting 175km/h at the top of the Eiffel Tower, were reported. The storm system is moving north-eastwards and was expected to reach Denmark by the evening of the 28th, French meteorological authorities said.

Worst affected are the Vendee and Charente-Maritime regions on the western coast of France. Huge waves and strong gusts battered many coastal towns, spreading floods inland and destroying buildings. Residents took to their roofs in the Vendee region and police helicopters were in action attempting to locate and rescue them.

At least a dozen people are said to be missing in France and 59 others injured. In Germany, a man was killed and his wife injured when a tree fell on their car in the Black Forest region. Earlier on Sunday a falling tree killed two Spanish men in a car near Burgos. A Spanish woman was killed by a falling wall in Galicia, and a Portuguese boy was killed by a tree in Paredes.

More than a million homes in France have lost electricity. Rail services were severely affected in northern Spain and a number of trains in western France were delayed because of flooded tracks. Air France said 70 of its flights had been cancelled from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Spain’s Canary Islands, particularly La Palma, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, were also hit by the storm, although there was no great damage.