Zurich Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland

January 16, 2006
Nineteen years separate these two Landsat thematic mapper images of Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland.

The two images were acquired on 3 July 1985 and 9 September 2004, respectively, by the Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM), the multi-spectral scanning radiometer on board Landsats 4 and 5.

Zurich, once a Roman customs post by the name of Turicum, is situated at the northern end of Lake Zuerich (Zuerichsee), with the city center split by the Limmat River and is surrounded by wooded hills. The river Sihl meets with the Limmat at the end of Platzspitz.

Zurich experienced its greatest development phase between 1970 and 1990 with the construction of the highway network (until 1980) and the establishment of the high capacity short range railway system when it developed from a city to an urban region.

Since 1985, the city's government has implemented concrete measures to make the city development more sustainable, and to improve the quality of life in the city center. These efforts have been very successful and contributed a great deal to the current reputation of Zurich as a highly efficient city with an excellent quality of life.

You can see Lake Zurich as the dark area to the bottom center of both of the images with the Limmat running through the center. The large white area to the north of the city is Zurich International Airport, the country's largest airport.

The Lake of Lucerne (Vierwaldstaettersee) can be seen in the lower left corner. The upper part of the image shows the gentle hilly terrain while the image bottom is already part of the pre-alpine mountain chains.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 03-Jul-1985
  • Center coordinates: lat. 47.37, lon. 8.54

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