Barents Region from Space

A series of satellite images representing the nature of the Barents Region and the threats posed to it has been recently published by the BPAN project.

The imaginary reveals the diversity of northern natural ecosystems from Arctic tundra and seashores to boreal forests and mires. Some of the images represent the most valuable and unique habitats in the region. The various threats, such as clearcuts, mines and wildfire areas, to these areas have also been emphasized in the images.

The forests at their northern edge – the river valley of lower Pechora River in the boundary of Nenets Autonomous District and the Komi Republic, Russia, near the town of Velikovisochnoe.

Satellite imagery is an important tool for monitoring northern nature and mapping areas of high conservation value. They also give a good insight into this unique and vulnerable area, its beauty and complexity to the bigger audience.

Forests eaten away by clearcuts, mire area, and alpine tundra (Lapland, Finland).

Publication includes Landsat 8 satellite images which are freely available. A combination of red and infrared bands, recorded by satellite sensors, has been used to produce images that highlight the variation in the natural vegetation.

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Extended version of the Barents Region from Space -brochure is found here (