Satellite images – Recap 2019

Some of the most beautiful and interesting satellite images of 2019 I processed

Taking a look back at a few of the satellite images of 2019

Just like last year and the year before I will again recap this year with a selection of the more beautiful or interesting satellite images I processed.

The selection is rather big this year, but there were many good and interesting satellite images to choose from. Aside from this selection, you can find all my images in full resolution here on my Flickr.

So let’s get started: You can click each image to enlarge it somewhat for a quick view, however, the full-resolution and quality images are available for download at the Flickr-link provided in each image description in case you want to use the image somewhere and I encourage you to use those, as they look much better in most cases.

Image 1, 2, and 3 – The Shiveluch Volcano in Kamchatka, Russia

Shiveluch Volcano, Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Shiveluch Volcano, Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Shiveluch Volcano, Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The Shiveluch Volcano in Kamchatka, Russia was quite photogenic this year, every now and then showing ash plumes and ash trails. Flickr: Image 1, Image 2, Image 3

Image 4 – Wildfire near Lake Echo, Australia

Wildfire near Lake Echo, Tasmania - Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Here we have an image of a wildfire near Lake Echo in Australia. The image is a combination of natural colors and infrared. You can read more about how to process wildfire images here in this article. Flickr link.

Image 5 – A very cold Chicago, Illinois

A very cold Chicago, Illinois - Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

This image is showing Lake Michigan and Chicago during a cold weather period at the end of January 2019. Flickr link.

Image 6 – Lake Michigan and Lake Huron with some lake-effect snow to the east, USA, Canada

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron with some lake-effect snow to the east, USA, Canada - Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

This Sentinel-3 image is showing a wonderful example of lake-effect snow at Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in January 2019. Flickr link.

Image 7 – Floods in Queensland, Northern Australia

Floods in Queensland, Northern Australia - Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Floods hit Queensland, Australia, in January and February 2019. These images compare the situation before and during the floods. Flickr link.

Image 8 – Snowy Pyrenees, France, Spain, Andorra

Snowy Pyrenees, France, Spain, Andorra - Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Quite a beautiful view of the Pyrenees with snow cover in February 2019. Flickr link.

Image 9 – Parts of the Dolomites and Lake Garda, Italy – 3d view

Parts of the Dolomites and Lake Garda, Italy - 3d view - Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Visible here are parts of the Dolomites and Lake Garda, Italy, in a 3d view made using a digital elevation model which has a Sentinel-2 image draped over it. The image also tried to go for a natural look, reintroducing atmospheric effects. Flickr link.

Image 10, 11 – Close-up view of iceberg A68 disintegrating in the central part, Weddell Sea, Antarctica

Close-up view of iceberg A68 disintegrating in the central part, Weddell Sea, Antarctica - Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Iceberg A68, Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The upper close-up view of the massive iceberg A68 shows, that it is disintegrating in its central part, Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Flickr link.

The second image is a SAR image of the whole iceberg. Flickr link.

Image 12 – Sakurajima Volcano (桜島), Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan

Sakurajima Volcano (桜島), Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The Sakurajima Volcano (桜島), in the Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, showed some activity again and again in 2019, and can be seen in an image from February here. Flickr link.

Image 13 – Viedma Glacier, Lake Viedma, Southern Patagonian Ice Field, Chile, Argentina 3d view

Viedma Glacier, Lake Viedma, Southern Patagonian Ice Field, Chile, Argentina 3d view Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

A 3d view of the Viedma Glacier, Lake Viedma, Southern Patagonian Ice Field, in Chile. Created by combining Copernicus Sentinel data with ASTER GDEM data. While processed in 2019, the image data is from 2017. Flickr link.

The animation is showing the retreat of the Viedma Glacier during the last 6 years.

Image 14 – Poppies on the hills north of Corona Freeway near Lake Elsinore, California, USA

Poppies on the hills north of Corona Freeway near Lake Elsninore, California, USA Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

A beautiful image of poppies blooming on the hills north of Corona Freeway near Lake Elsinore, California, USA. Flickr link.

Image 15 – Mozambique floods caused by tropical cyclone Idai comparison before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th)

Mozambique floods caused by tropical cyclone Idai comparison before (March 2nd) and after (March 20th) Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The enormous Mozambique floods caused by tropical cyclone Idai in comparison view. Before image (March 2nd) and after image (March 20th). Flickr link.

Image 16 – Central Pyrenees, Spain, France 3d view

Central Pyrenees, Spain, France 3d view Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The Central Pyrenees mountain range, Spain, France 3d view. Created by combining Copernicus Sentinel data with ASTER GDEM data. Flickr link.

Image 17 – Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

Anak Krakatau, Indonesia Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The Anak Krakatau Volcano in Indonesia was showing some activity this year after a large underwater collapse which caused a deadly tsunami in December 2018. Flickr link.

Image 18 – Popocatépetl Volcano, Mexico

Popocatépetl Volcano, Mexico - March 28th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Some activity of the Popocatépetl Volcano in Mexico. Flickr link.

Image 19 – Algae bloom in the Northern Caspian Sea

Algae bloom in the Northern Caspian Sea Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

A quite colorful and very visible algae bloom in the Northern Caspian Sea. Flickr link.

Image 20 – Southern United Kingdom and the Channel

Southern United Kingdom and the Channel Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

A rare almost cloud-free view of the Southern United Kingdom and the Channel as seen by Sentinel-3. Flickr link.

Image 21 – Pyrocumulus clouds at the HWF042 wildfire near High Level, Alberta, Canada

Pyrocumulus clouds at the HWF042 wildfire near High Level, Alberta, Canada Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Visible here are developing Pyrocumulus clouds at the HWF042 wildfire near High Level, Alberta, Canada. Flickr link.

Image 22 – Wildfires near Batagay, Verkhoyansky District, Sakha Republic, Russia

Wildfires near Batagay, Verkhoyansky District, Sakha Republic, Russia Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

2019 was a very active wildfire season in Siberia, as seen here with big wildfires near Batagay, Verkhoyansky District, Sakha Republic, Russia. Flickr link.

Image 23, 24 – Raikoke Volcano ash cloud, Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk, Russia

Raikoke Volcano ash cloud, Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk, Russia Copernicus/Pierre Markuse
Raikoke Volcano ash cloud, Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk, Russia Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Two beautiful views of a Raikoke Volcano ash cloud, Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk, Russia. Flickr links here and here.

Image 25, 26 – Multiple wildfires north of the Arctic Circle, Sakha Republic, Russia and possible wildfire ash on Laptev sea ice west of Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, Russia

Multiple wildfires north of the Arctic Circle, Sakha Republic, Russia

Possible wildfire ash on Laptev sea ice west of Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, Russia Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Multiple wildfires north of the Arctic Circle, Sakha Republic, Russia. Flickr link.

Possible wildfire ash on Laptev sea ice west of Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, Russia. Flickr link.

Image 27 – Resolute Bay (Qausuittuq), Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada

Resolute Bay (Qausuittuq), Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Resolute Bay (Qausuittuq), Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada. Flickr link.

Image 28 – Swan Lake Fire, 5 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska, USA

Swan Lake Fire, 5 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska, USA Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The Swan Lake Fire, 5 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska, USA, with smoke filling the nearby valleys. Flickr link.

Image 29 – Wildfire near the Yukon River, Alaska, USA

Wildfire near the Yukon River, Alaska, USA Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

A wildfire near the Yukon River, Alaska, USA. Flickr link.

Image 30 – Maniitsoq Ice Cap (Sukkertoppen) top left corner (partly), Tasersiap Sermia (ice cap in the top left quadrant) and the Marjorqaq Glacier (center image), Greenland

Maniitsoq Ice Cap (Sukkertoppen) top left corner (partly), Tasersiap Sermia (ice cap in the top left quadrant) and the Marjorqaq Glacier (center image), Greenland Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The Maniitsoq Ice Cap (Sukkertoppen) top left corner (partly), Tasersiap Sermia (ice cap in the top left quadrant) and the Marjorqaq Glacier (center image), Greenland. Flickr link.

Image 31 – Lots of smoke from wildfires over Alaska, USA

Lots of smoke from wildfires over Alaska, USA Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Lots of smoke from wildfires over Alaska, USA. Flickr link.

Image 32, 33, 34 – Wildfire in the Qeqqata Kommunia, Greenland

Wildfire in the Qeqqata Kommunia, Greenland Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Following the 2017 wildfire, there was again a wildfire in Greenland in 2019. Wildfire in the Qeqqata Kommunia, Greenland. Flickr link.

Wildfire in the Qeqqata Kommunia, Greenland Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Wildfire in the Qeqqata Kommunia, Greenland. Flickr link.

Area of the July/August 2019 Greenland wildfire after Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Area of the July/August 2019 Greenland wildfire after the fire. Flickr link.

Image 35 – Wildfires at about 66°N near the Lena River, Sakha Republic, Russia

Wildfires at about 66°N near the Lena River, Sakha Republic, Russia Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Wildfires at about 66°N near the Lena River, Sakha Republic, Russia. Flickr link.

Image 36 – Ubinas Volcano eruption with big ash plume, Moquegua Region, Peru

Ubinas Volcano eruption with big ash plume, Moquegua Region, Peru

Ubinas Volcano eruption with big ash plume, Moquegua Region, Peru. Flickr link.

Image 37 – Several wildfires between about 57°N and 70°N in Krasnoyarsk Krai and Sakha Republic, Russia

Several wildfires between about 57°N and 70°N in Krasnoyarsk Krai and Sakha Republic, Russia

Several wildfires between about 57°N and 70°N in Krasnoyarsk Krai and Sakha Republic, Russia. Flickr link.

Image 38 – Smoke plumes from countless wildfires reaching 4,000 kilometers from Irkutsk Oblast to Bering Sea, Russia

Smoke plumes from countless wildfires reaching 4,000 kilometers from Irkutsk Oblast to Bering Sea, Russia

Smoke plumes from countless wildfires reaching 4,000 kilometers from Irkutsk Oblast to Bering Sea, Russia. Flickr link.

Image 39 – Melt ponds in western Greenland, active 2019 wildfire, and 2017 wildfire burn scar, Greenland – August 1st, 2019

Melt ponds in western Greenland, active 2019 wildfire, and 2017 wildfire burn scar, Greenland - August 1st, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Melt ponds in western Greenland, active 2019 wildfire, and 2017 wildfire burn scar, Greenland – August 1st, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 40, 41, 42 – Typhoon Lekima and Typhoon Krosa, West Pacific

Typhoon Lekima and Typhoon Krosa, West Pacific - August 8th, 2019

Typhoon Lekima and Typhoon Krosa, West Pacific - August 9th, 2019

Severe Tropical Storm Krosa near Japan - August 14th, 2019

Typhoon Lekima and Typhoon Krosa, West Pacific – August 8th and 9th, 2019. Flickr link here and here and here.

Image 43 – Wildfire in the Sakha Republic at about 71°N, Siberia, Russia – August 12th

Wildfire in the Sakha Republic at about 71°N, Siberia, Russia - August 12th Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

One of the many arctic wildfires this year, a wildfire in the Sakha Republic at about 71°N, Siberia, Russia – August 12th. Flickr link.

Image 44 – Wildfire on Gran Canaria, Spain – August 19th, 2019

Wildfire on Gran Canaria, Spain - August 19th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Wildfire on Gran Canaria, Spain – August 19th, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 45, 46 – Hurricane Dorian East of the Bahamas and Florida, USA – August 30th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian East of the Bahamas and Florida, USA - August 30th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian reaching the Bahamas on its track to Florida, USA - September 1st, 2019 14.11 UTC

Hurricane Dorian East of the Bahamas and Florida, USA – August 30th, 2019. Flickr link.

Hurricane Dorian reaching the Bahamas on its track to Florida, USA – September 1st, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 47, 48 – Grand Bahama Island before and after Hurricane Dorian – August 5th, 2019 and Grand Bahama Island after Hurricane Dorian – September 4th, 2019

Grand Bahama Island before and after Hurricane Dorian – August 5th, 2019 and Grand Bahama Island after Hurricane Dorian – September 4th, 2019. Flickr link here and here.

Image 49 – Bushfire in the north of New South Wales about 180 kilometers SSW of Brisbane, Australia – September 7th, 2019

Bushfire in the north of New South Wales about 180 kilometers SSW of Brisbane, Australia - September 7th, 2019 opernicus/Pierre Markuse

One of the many bushfires in New South Wales in this bushfire season. Located about 180 kilometers SSW of Brisbane, Australia – September 7th, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 50, 51  – Metis Shoal Volcano eruption, Tonga – October 15th, 2019

Metis Shoal Volcano eruption, Tonga - October 15th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Metis Shoal Volcano eruption, Tonga, with added IR overlay - October 20th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Metis Shoal Volcano eruption, Tonga – October 15th, 2019. Flickr link.

Metis Shoal Volcano eruption, Tonga, with added IR overlay – October 20th, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 52 – Mount Etna Volcano, Sicily, Italy – October 22nd, 2019

Mount Etna Volcano, Sicily, Italy - October 22nd, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

A little activity of the Mount Etna Volcano in Sicily, Italy – October 22nd, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 53 – Parts of the Sabiti oil tanker oil spill NW of Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia, with ships crossing the spill area – October 22nd, 2019

Parts of the Sabiti oil tanker oil spill NW of Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia, with ships crossing the spill area - October 22nd, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

A SAR image of parts of the Sabiti oil tanker oil spill NW of Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia, with ships crossing the spill area – October 22nd, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 54 – Kincade Fire, Sonoma County, California, USA – October 27th, 2019

Kincade Fire, Sonoma County, California, USA - October 27th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, California, USA – October 27th, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 55 – Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica – November 4th, 2019

Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica - November 4th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

The Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica; still hanging on in this image. – November 4th, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 56 – Typhoon Halong, Pacific Ocean – November 4th, 2019

Typhoon Halong, Pacific Ocean - November 4th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse

Typhoon Halong, Pacific Ocean – November 4th, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 57, 58 – Mount Erebus Volcano, Antarctica – November 9th, 2019

Mount Erebus Volcano, Antarctica - November 9th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse
Mount Erebus Volcano, Antarctica - November 9th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse
Two beautiful images of the Mount Erebus Volcano, Antarctica – November 9th, 2019. Flickr link here and here.

Image 59 – Bushfire NW of Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia – November 13th, 2019

Bushfire NW of Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia - November 13th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse
Bushfire NW of Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia – November 13th, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 60 – Mount Shishaldin Volcano lava flow, Alaska, USA – December 26th, 2019

Mount Shishaldin Volcano lava flow, Alaska, USA - December 26th, 2019 Copernicus/Pierre Markuse
Mount Shishaldin Volcano lava flow, Alaska, USA – December 26th, 2019. Flickr link.

Image 61 – Mount Etna Volcano 3D rotation showing lava flows, based on a Sentinel-2 image from July 27th, 2019

Mount Etna Volcano 3D rotation showing lava flows, based on a Sentinel-2 image from July 27th, 2019

Mount Etna Volcano 3D showing lava flows, based on a Sentinel-2 image from July 27th, 2019

A few more words

In case you would like to see even more images, you can find them here on my Flickr. I would also like to thank all of you who shared my satellite images on Twitter (Not yet following me on Twitter? ) or other social media in 2019 and those who gave me ideas, advice, or feedback.

Wanna give it a try yourself?

Sentinel Hub Custom Script ContestIf you would like to give satellite imagery a try yourself, the  EO Browser made by is a good place to start and get quick results.

I would also like to remind you of the Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contest, which is still running another two weeks. More information on that here.

Acknowledgments

I’d like to thank Sentinel Hub for their continuous support. I’d also like to thank the Copernicus Programme as well as NASA, the USGS, and NOAA. Without them, there would not be that much open data to explore and process.

Journalists and Media

If you want to reuse images, take a look here for more information, and please use the full-size versions from Flickr. You might also want to read this article, talking about satellite image use in media and giving you some tips on where to find good satellite images.

 

Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data [2017, 2019]
Landsat 8 data courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey
Suomi NPP VIIRS and Aqua/Terra MODIS data through NASA Worldview
ASTER GDEM is a product of METI and NASA

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