In May 1, 2004, the European Union has living the most important enlargement of its history,
as well from its scale as from its diversity. It has indeed accomodated ten new countries:
Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Europe of the twenty-five was born on paper. Each one of us has to make it exist.
This widening remains very abstract in the spirit of much of the citizens.
Few Europeans today are able to quote and even less to locate all the Member States.
To contribute to this European construction, satellite imagery constitutes an interesting opportunity
to visually illustrate the territorial diversity of the Union. Moreover, and contrary to the political maps,
they highlight the elements of relief, hydrography and land use who structure the territory beyond
the national borders. They thus make it possible to draw the attention to the elements
which link rather than on the limits which divide.
The poster 'The European Union, a novel perspective' was realized
on this occasion by the Unité de recherche en environnemétrie et
géomatique of the catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve.
It includes a satellite map of Europe based on a year synthesis
of VEGETATION data, a sensor onboard the SPOT 4 satellite. There's
also a timeline illustrating the various stages of the construction
of Europe (from the end of the war to nowadays), as well as a
text inviting to a thorough study of the image. The poster was
available in French, Dutch and English.
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