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California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume

16 December 2017

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Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite has captured a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from the devastating California wildfires.

It is a powerful demonstration of 5P's ability to sense the atmosphere.

The plume is seen to sweep westwards out over the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles and then turn north towards the State of Oregon.

The image, taken on Tuesday, was shown at this week's annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

It is the first time that data from the brand new UK-Dutch-built Sentinel has been presented at a research conference.

Source: BBC

Image credit: Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)/ KNMI / ESA - The smoke plume heads out over the ocean and then turns north.

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