Lake Poyang in China captured by Planet LEO satellite, is just a quarter of its normal size caused by extreme drought in August 2022.

Lake Poyang in China captured by Planet Labs LEO satellite, is just a quarter of its normal size caused by extreme drought in August 2022.

Poyang Lake, Situated in northern Jiangxi, is China’s largest freshwater lake, typically covers more than 3,500 square kms and is a major water source for rice crops in Northwest China. The Lake is part of the Poyang Nature Reserve and is a UNESCO Heritage site since 1996. In the extreme drought in August 2022, it’s only about a quarter of its size and has farmers digging for water.

The shrinking water levels can even be seen from space, using LEO satellites for Earth Observation. This picture was captured by one of the LEO satellites from satellite operator Planet. Analysis of satellite imagery show a significant impact to freshwater ecosystems around the globe.