Italy and the island of Corsica can be observed in this Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image. Starting from the top of the image the snow-covered Swiss Alps and Northern Central part of Italy. On the Italian side of the Alps are the lakes of Maggiore, Como and Garda. Continuing further east is the Venetian Lagoon and the city of Venice. The light green colour of the sea in the lagoon and along the Adriatic coast is likely to be caused by increased sedimentation.
On the other side of the peninsular we see the Ligurian sea and Riviera with the Gulf of Genoa, the Cinque Terre area and the La Spezia harbour. To the south are the islands of Elba and Corse. Returning on the mainland further south are the volcanic lakes of Bolsena and Bracciano, the Tiber Delta and the city of Rome.
Instrument: Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS)
Date of Acquisition: 06 October 2003
Orbit number: 05086
Instrument features: Full Resolution image (300 - metre resolution)
NW Lat/Long: N 46.58/ E 06.58
NE Lat/Long: N 45.38/ E 14.16
SE Lat/Long: N 39.54/ E 11.56
SW Lat/Long: N 41.10/ E 05.15