5. December 2022
EnMAP image of the month

Lake Ben­more on the South Is­land of New Zealand

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Lake Benmore
Lake Ben­more
Credit: EnMAP Commissioning Phase data 2022 ©DLR, GFZ

Lake Benmore

En­MAP im­ages of Lake Ben­more on the South Is­land of New Zealand, ac­quired on 9 Au­gust 2022. The left im­age is a true colour rep­re­sen­ta­tion, while the right one is a false-colour im­age.

Starting in December 2022, the German Space Agency at DLR will publish a highlight image from the Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) mission once a month. DLR's environmental satellite was launched in April 2022 and is now in routine scientific operation, following the successful completion of its test phase. With its two spectrometers, it analyses the solar radiation reflected from Earth's surface at wavelengths ranging from visible light to short-wave infrared at a spectral resolution that was previously unavailable. From these data, precise statements can be made about the condition of and changes to Earth's surface.

This image shows two views of Lake Benmore and the surrounding mountainous landscape. Lake Benmore (Maori: Te Ao Marama) is a reservoir in the Canterbury region on the South Island of New Zealand. With an area of 74 square kilometres, it is the largest artificial lake in New Zealand. The EnMAP images of the lake were acquired on 9 August 2022.

The image on the left is a true colour representation, which roughly corresponds to the perception of the human eye. The reservoir appears in various shades of green to dark blue. The mountain peaks, most of which are over 1000 metres high, are covered in snow. The false-colour image on the right shows the same area in wavelengths from different infrared ranges. Vegetation appears yellowish, open ground appears red and the snow stands out in white-blue. The false-colour image is chosen to represent wavelength ranges that are not visible to the human eye – in this case infrared.

About the EnMAP mission

The EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) environmental mission is conducted by the German Space Agency at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Bonn on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). OHB-System AG was commissioned with the development and construction of the satellite and the hyperspectral instrument. The mission is under the scientific leadership of the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ). Three DLR institutes and facilities have been commissioned with the construction and operation of the ground segment: The German Space Operations Center in Oberpfaffenhofen carries out and monitors satellite operations. The German Remote Sensing Data Center and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute receive, calibrate and process and archive the satellite data and make them available for academic research.

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  • Elke Heinemann
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Space Agen­cy at DLR
    Strat­e­gy and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-2867
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    53227 Bonn
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  • Sebastian Fischer
    Mis­sion Man­ag­er En­MAP
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Space Agen­cy at DLR
    Earth Ob­ser­va­tion
    Königswinterer Straße 522-524
    53227 Bonn
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  • Anke Schickling
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Space Agen­cy at DLR
    Earth Ob­ser­va­tion
    Königswinterer Straße 522-524
    53227 Bonn
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