Southern Europe is in the grip of a relentless heatwave, fuelling wildfires and water shortages. Information from the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite has been used to map the sweltering heat across the region.

Greenland wildfire

10 August 2017

Image for Greenland wildfire

Greenland is usually associated with ice and snow, but the country has fallen victim to a large wildfire that has been raging since the end of July. The fire was imaged by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 8 August 2017. The satellite carries a high-resolution multispectral camera working in 13 wavelength bands. The animation uses different combinations of these bands to show the fire in natural colour, to highlight the flames and to show the burnt areas.

Specific Sentinel-1B observations have been planned to support the analysis of the two earthquakes that occurred in China on 08 August (in central China on 8 August at 13.19 UTC, and in north-western China close to the border with Kazakhstan on 08 August at 23.47 UTC), and possible aftershocks.

As per the announcement on 04 August, we are pleased to inform the users that the anomaly occurred in the Svalbard processing chain on 02 August has been resolved and nominal Level-1 production was resumed on 08 August at 16:00 UTC.

Further to the earlier announcement of Sentinel-3 OCLI calibration activities, we would like to inform the users that due to an OLCI S09 calibration, the nominal OLCI mission data acquisition will be interrupted on 15 August from 08:59:20 UTC to 09:05:20 UTC.


Maintenance activities are foreseen on Open Hub (including API Hub) on Wednesday 09 August 2017 from 8:30 CEST (6:30 UTC) to 18:30 CEST (16:30 UTC).
Due to a SLSTR contingency with a decontamination activity as a part of the recovery operations, SLSTR mission data was unavailable during the periods in the table below.
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred in the Aegean Sea on 20 July 2017, affecting the Greek island of Kos and Bodrum in south-west Turkey. Images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission were used to map the ground deformation, providing valuable data for analysis.
As a consequence of a ground segment anomaly in the Svalbard processing chain, the availability of Sentinel-2 products in the data hubs is severely impacted since 01 August 2017.
Sentinel-1A was unavailable on 3 August 2017 between 13:30 UTC and 14:07 UTC, due to a SAR anomaly. No data were generated during this period.

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