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Egypt’s Nile Delta

15 February 2019

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The rapid evolution of Egypt's Nile Delta over the last four years, as viewed from ESA's Proba-V microsatellite. Think of it as a small token of our love for planet Earth: just a cubic metre in size, Proba-V maps land cover and vegetation growth across the entire world every two days.

This animation shows 100 m Proba-V images of 30 December 2014 and 19 May 2018. A large anthropogenic change that occurred in these 3.5 years and is clearly visible to the very right is the construction of the second Suez canal, which was completed in 2015.

Launched on 7 May 2013, the mission's continent-spanning 2250 km field of view collects light in the blue, red, near-infrared and mid-infrared wavebands, ideal for monitoring plant and forest growth as well as inland water bodies. Its imager has 300 m spatial resolution, increasing to 100 m within its central view.

The ‘V' in Proba-V stands for Vegetation. This miniaturised mission serves to extend the dataset of the long-established Vegetation instrument, which flew as a secondary payload aboard France's Spot-4 and Spot-5 satellites launched in 1998 and 2002 respectively.

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Credit: ESA/Belspo – produced by VITO

Changing Nile Delta seen by Proba-V


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