Science and Exploration

Envisat Image of Vegetation in the Himalayas

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
February 24, 2015
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Envisat Image of Vegetation in the Himalayas
Vegetation in the Himalays

This Envisat image captures Asia’s diverse topography, altitude and climate with the snow-sprinkled Himalayan Mountains marking the barrier between the peaks of the Tibetan Plateau (top) in Central Asia and the plains of Nepal, Buthan and India in the Indian subcontinent.
In this false-colour image, lush or green vegetation appears bright red. This image was acquired by Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument on 20 February 2009, working in Full Resolution mode to provide a spatial resolution of 300 m.

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