Project gallery @home edition 2020

Climate Detectives @home is an ESA education project that challenges, students aged 12 – 18 years, and families to monitor our planet from home by looking from above.

From their vantage point in space, astronauts and satellites can see both the beauty and the fragility of our planet. You can also observe Earth from home and work like a real Earth scientist!

Participants were asked to choose an Earth observation image, using the EO Browser online tool, the ESA Earth Observation Image of the week gallery or the ESA astronauts’ Flickr accounts. In addition to the image, participants had to provide a short description linking the image to a climate problem.


Project title: The fire in Biebrza National Park

Category: Vegetation and forestry

Author: Agata Student’s age: 16 years old

Image source: EO Browser


This photo was taken on the 14th of May 2020 by ‘Sentinel-2 L2A’ satellite’ it shows north-eastern part of Poland where Biebrza National Park is located.
The National Park is home to many rare and near-extinction species.
The dark place in the central part of the photo presents the area, which was devastated by the fire
The fire which took place from the 19th to the 26th of April 2020, covered around 5500 hectares of marshy meadows and forests very quick because of the drought.
The entirety of microfauna, protected breeding sites of the birds, were completely destroyed, fortunately most of bigger animals were able to escape.
The fire was probably caused by someone who intentionally lit the park on fire or people burning the grass which people often do and it’s bad because it often result in uncontrolable fire.
Because of irresponsible human action, there’s irreversible damage in nature.

Images and descriptions are submitted by the teams/individuals and they take the full responsibility of the shared data.

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