[Skip to content]
ISS002-E-6913
Browse image
Resolutions offered for this image:
540 x 405 pixels 1000 x 662 pixels 540 x 405 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels 3060 x 2092 pixels 3060 x 2036 pixels 640 x 437 pixels

MAP LOCATION
latitude/longitude of image
Spacecraft nadir point: 11.2° S, 49.1° E

Photo center point: 11.5° S, 47.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 213 nautical miles (394km)
Click for Google map
IMAGE DETAILS
features and other details
CAMERA INFORMATION
information about camera used
ALL DOWNLOAD OPTIONS
additional formats
Width Height Annotated Cropped Purpose Links
540 pixels 405 pixels Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site Download Image
1000 pixels 662 pixels No Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site Download Image
540 pixels 405 pixels Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site Download Image
1024 pixels 768 pixels Yes Presentation Download Image
3060 pixels 2092 pixels No No Download Image
3060 pixels 2036 pixels No No Scientist Request Download Image
640 pixels 437 pixels No No Download Image
Other options available:
Download Packaged File
Download a Google Earth KML for this Image
View photo footprint information
Image Caption: The iles Eparses (scattered islets) dot the Indian Ocean to the west and north of Madagascar. The islands were protected by the French government in 1975 because of their importance for turtles and seabird nesting.

The above photograph (ISS002-E-6913) shows details of the reefs surrounding iles Glorieuses, one group in the iles Eparses, and was taken 17 June 2001 from the International Space Station. The image was used to plan the 2002-2003 field expeditions conducted by Agence pour la Recherche et la Valorisation Marines, based in Reunion and partners. The photograph served as a base map for field cartography of the geomorphological and ecological zones of the reefs. These maps supported biological inventories and surveys of coral reef health using the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (http://www.gcrmn.org/) and Reef Check (http://www.reefcheck.org/) protocols.

The high spatial resolution of these astronaut photographs (about 5 m/pixel ) captures the detail needed to support this kind of detailed field research. Images of coral reefs taken from the International Space Station are one of the science themes for the Crew Earth Observations Project.

Research in the iles Eparses is part of a 5-year project coordinated through a French initiative to preserve and restore coral reefs, IFRECOR (Initiative Francaise pour les Recifs Corallines). The project was created following severe coral bleaching events in the region in 1998.

The next step in the IFRECOR project is to get more detailed information on another island, Juan de Nova. Fortunately, for these marine biologists, the Space Station Expedition 5 crew took a detailed photograph of this small island on 11 August 2002, and it is ready for them to use in the field (see ISS005-E-9412).


Text provided by J.-Pascal Quod (ARVAM). More information on the studies of the importance of the iles Eparses can be found in Reef Encounter vol. 32, pages 33-36.