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January 20, 2006
This is the first Medium resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image obtained via ESA's geostationary satellite Artemis. The image was acquired on the morning of March 13, 2003 over Northern Russia. The area shows the coastline around the White Sea, with the City of Archangel to the southwest, opening up into the Barents Sea. The most prominent aspect of the image is the differentiation between the sea ice, clouds and the open water. Open water in the image is shown as black, whereas the white/grey areas in the sea represent sea ice. The sea ice can be made out clearly against the land masses particularly around the Kanin Peninsula and to the northeast.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 13-Mar-2003
  • Orbit nr: 05400
  • Center coordinates: lat. 69.00, lon. 46.00