Watch Europe dry up from space in new satellite video

A series of images taken by the European Sentinel 2 satellite between July 1 and August 31 this year show the development of a devastating drought that has been described as the worst drought to hit the continent in 500 years. (Image credit: Copernicus)

The image sequence shows Europe drying up in July and August, when a total lack of rain caused what has been described as the continent’s worst drought in 500 years.

A video posted to Twitter by the European Union’s Copernicus program, which operates the Sentinel constellation of Earth observation satellites, shows how vast regions across Europe turned from green-green to arid brown between July 1 and August. 31.

“In 2022, the #drought has affected all of Europe,” Copernicus wrote in a tweet.

Images taken by the Sentinel 2 satellite show significant damage to vegetation in areas in the south and east of England, in northern France, in large areas of Germany, Poland and Eastern Europe.

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In the summer of 2021, the Netherlands looked very different from space.

In the summer of 2021, the Netherlands looked very different from space. (Image credit: Copernicus)

Along with rigorous satellite data, the Global Drought Observatory indicates (will open in a new tab) that in August 47% of Europe was under warning conditions, which means a lack of moisture in the soil and a negative impact on vegetation.

The drought has been described as the worst drought in Europe in the last 500 years. Water levels in rivers including the Rhine, Danube and Po fell so low that waterways were closed to traffic, and exceptionally hot and dry weather greatly increased the risk of wildfires.

This year’s European summer is said to be the driest since the megadrought that hit the continent in 1540.

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