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Venice Italy
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Venice, Italy

January 16, 2006
This Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) multitemporal color composite image is centered over the city of Venice, located in northeast Italy. Venice, capital of the Veneto region, is a city that stretched across numerous small islands in a marshy lagoon between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) rivers, along the Adriatic Sea. The image shows that the coast along the northern Adriatic Sea is low and sandy, bordered by shallow waters and the various colored patches scattered throughout the image indicating cultivated agricultural fields. In the old center of Venice, the canals serve as roads and every form of transport is on water or on foot. It is Europe's largest carfree area. The image, however, shows the causeway (4 km long) for road and rail traffic that was built in the 19th century which connects Venice to the mainland. The image is made of three ERS-2 SAR PRI (Precision Radar Image) images acquired on different dates and assigning a color (RGB) to each date of acquisition.

Acquisition Dates (RGB):21 April 2004, 07 January 2004, 30 June 2004

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: ERS
  • Instrument: SAR
  • Acquisition: 30-Jun-2004
  • Orbit nr: 48072
  • Center coordinates: lat. 45.26, lon. 12.62