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Vegetation Index of France, Switzerland and Germany

October 27th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

France - October 26th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Europe, focusing on France, Switzerland and southern Germany. Lake Geneva stands out near the foot of the Alps just right of the center.

The vegetation index is generally good (green) throughout the image, with some areas of lower activity (yellow) to the southwest and some areas of higher activity (rusty red) near the center.

Fog Over Northwestern Italy

45.0N 7.6E

October 26th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Lakes

Italy - October 23rd, 2011

A thick fog covers northwestern Italy, spreading from the arch of the Alps over the valley of the River Po, and obscuring cities such as Turin.

Fog can also be seen over France (left) and Switzerland (upper right) on the other side of the Alps. Visible at the foot of the Alps on the Italian side at the center right is Lake Garda.

Contrails and Snow-Capped Alps in Europe – September 22nd, 2011

45.2N 10.3E

September 22nd, 2011 Category: Clouds, Lakes, Mountains

Italy - September 21st, 2011

This image focuses on Italy, with neighbors France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia also partially visible (clockwise from left). The islands of Corsica (France, above) and Sardinia (Italy, below) can also be observed in the Mediterranean Sea.

One of the most striking features of this image are the snow-capped Alps, with lakes such as Lake Garda (center) and Lake Geneva (left) at their feet. The Adriatic Coast of Italy is lined with green sediments. Also of note are the series of condensation trails (contrails) from passing airplanes that have left a criss-crossed set of lines in the air over the sea.

Vegetation Index of Italy and Bordering Countries – September 18th, 2011

44.6N 10.1E

September 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Italy - August 25th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Italy and neighboring countries, including Switzerland (upper left corner), Croatia (across the Adriatic Sea) and Hungary (upper right).

The vegetation index across the entire image is generally good (green). Some areas of high photosynthetic activity (rusty red) can be observed in northern Italy and at the feet of the Alps. The index is lowest (yellow) in Sicily (bottom right) and along Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Lakes Near Alps in Europe – September 2nd, 2011

45.5N 10.6E

September 2nd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Europe - August 22nd, 2011

Little snow is visible on the Alps in this late-summer image of Italy and parts of France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The Apennines, running down the backbone of the Italian peninsula, are also snow-free.

Several dark blue lakes can be seen near the Alps: Lake Geneva (left), on the French-Swiss border, Lake Garda (center), in northern Italy, and Lake Constance (top center), on the German-Austrian-Swiss border. Visible near the upper right corner is the bright green Lake Balaton, in Hungary.

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