The photos featured on our website come from the European Space Agency's Earth-observing satellite, Envisat, which was launched in March 2002. Envisat carries an array of nine Earth-observation instruments that gather information on our planet, including an imaging tool called MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer), which acquired many of these specific images.
Satellite imagery and Generation's investment approach both seek to bring a scientific rigor to the examination of big-picture issues. As such, these photos embody the spirit of Generation's investment philosophy by providing a birds-eye perspective on planetary challenges, but with an unrivaled attention to detail and a precise, high-definition granularity.
Sand and dust blowing northeast from the Arabian Peninsula across the Persian Gulf towards Iran. Acquired on July 1, 2008 by Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument while working in Full Resolution Mode to provide a spatial resolution of 1.2 km.
The Yenisei River in Siberia, flowing from the lower right to the upper left of the image. Acquired on August 7, 2006 by Envisat's MERIS, working in Full Resolution Mode to provide a spatial resolution of 300 meters.
A huge fissure running south to north through the massive A53A iceberg located just east of the South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Captured on March 1, 2008 by Envisat's Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) instrument. ASAR is able to produce high-quality images of icebergs and ice sheets and is capable of differentiating between different types of ice because it is able to see through clouds and local darkness—conditions often found in polar areas.
The Bangladesh coastline. Acquired on November 8, 2003 by Envisat's MERIS, working in Full Resolution Mode to provide a spatial resolution of 300 meters.