Detailed Envisat Land Images now available



New detailed land cover images derived from the European Space Agency satellite Envisat are now being made available on the ESA's GlobCoverWeb site ( The images are 10 times sharper than any previous global satellite map. Bimonthly composites for May–June 2005 and March–April 2006 are already accessible, and additional composites will be made available on 19 June as the first part of a global land cover map of Eurasia. The composites, which are derived from Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS),will support international efforts in modeling the extent and impacts of climate change, studying ecosystems, and plotting land-use trends.