These Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) nadir-camera images of southern Florida were acquired on
October 18, 2000. The view on the left includes Daytona Beach near the
top and the Florida Keys at the bottom. Orlando appears as a grayish
patch near the top of the image, just to the east of the greenish Lake
Apopka, Florida's fourth largest and most polluted lake. On the coast is
Cape Canaveral, home of the Kennedy Space Center.
The large body of water in the middle of the land area is Lake
On the western (Gulf of Mexico) coast, Charlotte Harbor and Fort
Myers are visible. Along the eastern (Atlantic) coast, partially
obscured by clouds, are Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.
Further to the east, the shallow waters and reefs of the Little
Bahama and Great Bahama Banks appear in striking blue and green colors.
The two righthand images show the Florida Everglades and the
Keys in more detail. Like the lefthand view, the top image is a
natural color composite of blue, green, and red band imagery.
On the bottom is a false color composite comprised of green,
red, and near-infrared data. Near-infrared light is invisible to
the human eye. The high reflectance of plants in this part of
the electromagnetic spectrum, displayed here in shades of
red, is the basis of many satellite-based techniques for
detecting and characterizing land surface vegetation.