Centre for Law and the Environment: Satellites and the Law
Satellite Image Gallery
(Above) North Korean Missile Facility Launch April
GeoEye-1 image of the Musudan-Ri missile facility in North Korea and
also an "IHS Janes" annotated version (below). This image was
taken from 423 miles in space just 25 minutes before the long-range missile
GeoEye Inc. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.
(Above) A mosaic of various agricultural fields
around the world, Aster sensor, multi-spectral, 15m
the world, agricultural practices have developed as a function of topography,
soil type, crop type, annual rainfall, and tradition. In this montage
of six ASTER sub-images, the differences are graphically illustrated by
the variation in field geometry and size. In Minnesota (upper left) the
very regular grid pattern reflects early 19th century surveying; the size
of the fields is a function of mechanization and that dictates a certain
efficiency. In Kansas (upper middle), center pivot irrigation is responsible
for the field pattern. In northwest Germany (upper right), the small size
and random pattern of fields is a leftover from the Middle Ages. Near
Santa Cruz, Bolivia (lower left), the pie or radial patterned fields are
part of a settlement scheme; at the center of each unit is a small community.
Outside of Bangkok, Thailand (lower middle), rice paddies fed by an extensive
network of canals that is hundreds of years old, appear as small skinny
rectangular fields. And in the Cerrado in southern Brazil (lower right),
cheap cost of land and its flatness have resulted in enormous farms and
large field sizes.
(Above) London Eye, 2006 Europa Technologies
(Above) Agricultural fields near Toledo, Spain,
Quickbird sensor, Pan-sharpened multi-spectral infrared, 70 cm resolution
Courtesy of Eurimage
(Above) India Gate, Dehli, Google Earth 2006
(Above) The Esperanza fire, California, USA.
Aster sensor, visible and near infrared, 15m resolution.
Esperanza fire started on October 26 in the dry brush near Palm Springs,
CA. By the time it was contained 6 days later, the fire had consumed 40,200
acres, and destroyed 34 homes and 20 outbuildings. Racing through grass,
brush, and timber, the blaze had forced hundreds to evacuate, and it killed
five firefighters who were working to protect homes. Fire officials are
reporting the cause of the blaze as arson. In this ASTER image composite
of visible and infrared bands, burned areas are shown in shades of red,
vegetation is green, brown vegetation is brown and asphalt and concrete
are blue-gray. The image covers an area of 21.4 x 26.9 km, was acquired
November 3, 2006, and is centered at 33.6 degrees North latitude, 116.8
degrees West longitude.
In the course of the conflict in the Middle East, the oil-fuelled power
plant of Jieh, located directly on the coastline approximately 30 km south
of Beirut was hit by bombs on July 13 and 15, 2006. Part of the storage
tanks caught fire and were burning for several days. A large part of the
fuel was spilled into the Mediterranean Sea as a result of the blast. The
Lebanese ministry of environment estimated that approximately 30,000 tons
of heavy fuel oil were emmitted into the sea.
Due to south-westerly winds and the sea currents, the oil spill was partly
carried out to sea and partly dispersed along the coast of Lebanon. Until
the beginning of August, 2006 the Lebanese coastline has been affected from
the Damour region south of Beirut to the Syrian border in the North.
Following a request for help from the Lebanese Ministry of Environment,
the EC Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of DG Environment triggered
the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' in order to obtain
information about the extent of the oil pollution in the coastal strip
and, where possible, the size of the pollution.
The Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) of DLR took over
the project management in this activation and is producing satellite analyses
in the context of the European GMES Service Elements Risk-EOS and MarCoast.
Courtesy of Center for Satellite based Crises Analysis, Deutsches Zentrum
für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
(Above) The satellite image on the left shows
the minimum concentration of Arctic sea ice in 1979, while the
image on the right shows the concentration of sea ice recorded on Sept.
21. New satellite observations show that sea ice in the Arctic is melting
faster while air temperatures in the region are rising sharply, scientists
(Above) Beijing, IKONOS sensor, 1m,
Courtesy of GeoEye Inc. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.
This four-meter resolution color image of Beijing, China was collected
October 22, 1999 by the IKONOS satellite. The image, the first
international color IKONOS image released features
Tiananmen Square, shown at left, and the Temple of Heaven. The red area
in the center
of Tiananmen Square, upper right, is a large carpet. The Great Hall of
the People, on the western edge of Tiananmen Square, is the meeting
for the National People's Congress and houses the tomb of Mao Tse-tung.