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Floods in Albania

Floods in Albania

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected signs of flooding in Albania on December 4, 2005, top image. Muddy water, clouded with sediment from storm run-off, colors the coastal waters of the Adriatic Sea a brilliant blue. On land, swollen rivers form a faint web of pale blue where only green vegetation existed on November 13, 2005, lower image. According to news reports, the floods were caused by heavy rains on December 2. Clouds, blue and white in these false-color images, still covered much of the country on December 4.

The large images provided above have a resolution of 250 meters per pixel, MODIS maximum resolution. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides daily images of the region in a variety of resolutions.

NASA images courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.