Satellite image of the month – September – Fiji
Fiji image taken by Sentinel-2A satellite on March 23rd, 2016
This image shows a false color composite of a part of the western division of Fiji. Last month was a special one for Fiji: on August 11th they played rugby sevens in the Olympic final against Great Britain. With an unthinkable score of 43:7 they did not only win their first Olympic Gold but their first Olympic Medal ever.
The image was created from different bands based on Sentinel-2 data of the Copernicus Programme. The band combination used can penetrate the atmosphere better than other wavelengths and provides a spatial resolution of 20 meters. Water appears black and vegetation is painted in different shades of blue while buildings can be seen as a pale yellow.
In the center of the image the third largest city of Fiji appears: Lautoka, which is the heart of sugar and wood production. There you find the largest sugar mill of its kind in the southern hemisphere. In the south the city Nadi is located. From outer space you can see the the larger of the two international airports of Fiji. In the North you can see the Ba River flowing into the South Pacific Ocean.
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