The snow-covered Alps of the Swiss Alps and Northern Italy can be observed in this Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image. In western Switzerland Lake Geneva can just be seem poking through the cloud and also Lake Constance to the North.
In the south of the image the Italian lakes of Maggiore, Como and Garda are clearly visible. To the south of Como you will find also the city of Milan. And in the far northwest of Italy you can see Turin and Genoa. The Lighter blue colour of the sea around the Gulf of Genoa is likely to be caused by increased sedimentation in this area.
Instrument: MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS)
Date of Acquisition: 1 December 2002
Orbit number: 03941
Instrument features: Full Resolution image (300 - metre resolution)