A cold air wave has caused unusually low temperatures across the country, but neighboring Spain is facing even more complicated days. A photograph taken by the European Space Agency (ESA) satellite on January 11 proves that, with Madrid appearing literally in black and white.
Through the “eye” of Copernicus Sentinel-2 it is possible to see the consequences of the biggest snowfall in the last 50 years in the region. Photography is in color, but the reality is that you only see black and white dots.
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The “culprit” is the storm Filomena, which hit Spain, as well as Portugal, covering part of the country with thick snow and leaving half of it on red alert. Madrid, one of the most affected areas, has even faced the closure of the airport and road blockages.
Although the images were taken after the storm passed over the weekend, they continue to show their impact. For example, some airport runways, visible in the upper right corner of the image, are still covered with snow.
According to Lusa, most of the Spanish territory is this Tuesday under the biggest cold wave of the last two decades, with 12 of its 17 autonomous communities on alert for extreme minimum temperatures of minus 16 degrees Celsius.
What is the mission of the Copernicus project?
Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission. Each satellite integrates a high resolution camera, with the objective of covering the Earth’s terrestrial surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waters every five days.
Built by Airbus, the Sentinel-2A satellite, from the Copernicus program, was launched on June 23, 2015 and since that time it has been providing high-resolution optical images for many services and applications, namely agricultural and forest management.
The Copernicus project consists of creating a network that monitors the planet in terms of forest areas, aquatic zones, soil evolution, control of natural disasters such as oil spills and even climate change.
The latest data from one of the Copernicus satellites, the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, arrived on Earth in December and the results are better than expected. “It was possible to see that the satellite is able to offer incredible data, thanks to the digital architecture of the Poseidon-4 and the fact that it includes, simultaneously, for the first time, a high resolution synthetic aperture radar processing mode and a conventional low resolution in altimetry ”, explained Craig Donlon, one of the scientists who is part of the mission by ESA.
View images of the sea level monitoring satellite