Snow and pollution in Eastern China

These true- and false-color images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite show thick air pollution (true-color) in eastern China. On January 13, 2003, the false-color iamgery reveals flooding as well. The muddy flood waters blend in with the fading vegetation of the winter landscape and are further obscured by air pollution in the true-color image, but in the false-color image, standing water appears bright blue or black against the green vegetation. Notice how the pollution tends to “pool” up around mountainous terrain in the higher resolution version of this scene.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Por Carlos Solís
Sun glint in Gulf of Carpentaria and wildfires in Queensland, Australia

Wildfires burn intensely in Queensland, Australia in this true-color image collected by MODIS on October 31, 2001. Large blackened burn scars that can be seen intermittently across the eastern Australian countryside surround the fires. MODIS has thermal detectors uniquely designed to detect fires as hot as 500K without saturating, and it is being used by land managers in the U.S. to monitor and manage wildfires.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Por Carlos Solís