Hurricane Isidore Gulf of Mexico
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Hurricane Isidore, Gulf of Mexico

January 19, 2006
This image shows the hurricane Isidore passing over the Gulf of Mexico and demonstrates how features related to all of the principal dynamics can be observed.

From this MERIS image, the classical circulation pattern can be traced with the cloud structure around the hurricane center as warm moist air is entrained into the system. The eye can be clearly identified together with the thick cloud structures associated with the convection within the eye wall. The higher altitude outflow can be seen extending over Cuba as systems of thunderstorms. MERIS was originally designed for ocean-color monitoring but the outstanding radiometric quality of its five cameras enables land observations as well. The MERIS Global Vegetation Index, an ESA-derived product, has been developed in order to identify and distinguish the various types of vegetation and forests on regional scales. It should be of great help to those involved in research fields such as: deforestation monitoring, forest inventory and carbon cycle related issues. It will be soon delivered to users all over the world together with the many other geophysical products focusing on key parameters of our biosphere. Ocean, land and atmosphere will be studied by MERIS and its measurements will help us to better understand the climatic and environmental changes of our planet.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 21-Sep-2002
  • Orbit nr: 02928
  • Center coordinates: lat. 25.25, lon. -81.00

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