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- Title ERS-Envisat interferogram
- Released 01/04/2003 5:24 pm
- Copyright ESA/DLR
This interferogram used radar images from ESA’s ERS-2 and Envisat satellites to
show an area of approximately 30 x 35 km around the city of Las Vegas in the US. The city is visible in the centre of the image as an area of bright colours, with the city’s major thoroughfares appearing as straight dark lines. The image was produced by the Oberpfaffenhofen Remote Sensing Technology Institute of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) under an ESA project to study the uses of joint ERS and Envisat data.
An interferogram is an image generated by analysing the differences between two radar signals taken over the same area on Earth.
Each colour cycle in the image, from blue to red to yellow, represents an elevation change of 8.4 metres. The effect produces bands of colours showing the topography of the city and surrounding area.