Santa Barbara, California, is often called "America's Riviera." It
enjoys a Mediterranean climate, a mountain backdrop, and a long and
varied coastline. This perspective view of the Santa Barbara region was
generated using data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
and an enhanced Landsat satellite image. The view is toward the
southeast, from the Goleta Valley in the foreground to a snow-capped
Mount Abel (elevation 2526 m or 8286 feet) along the skyline. The coast
here generally faces south. Consequently, Fall and Winter sunrises occur
over the ocean, which is unusual for the U.S. west coast. The Santa
Barbara "back country" is very rugged and largely remains as undeveloped
wilderness and an important watershed for local communities. Landsat has
been providing visible and infrared views of the Earth since 1972. SRTM
elevation data match the 30-meter resolution of most Landsat images and
will substantially help in analyses of the large and growing Landsat
image archive. For visualization purposes, topographic heights displayed
in this image are exaggerated two times. Colors approximate natural
The elevation data used in this image was acquired by SRTM aboard the
Space Shuttle Endeavour, launched on February 11, 2000. SRTM used the
same radar instrument that comprised the Spaceborne Imaging
Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) that flew twice on
Endeavour in 1994. SRTM was designed to collect three-dimensional
measurements of Earth's land surface.
Location (Isla Vista): 34.41 deg. North lat., 119.85 deg. West lon.
Scale: Scale Varies in this Perspective
Date Acquired: February 16, 2000 SRTM, December 14, 1984 Landsat
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