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The Netherlands seen from space

Photo: USGS

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The Netherlands' rising sea

The red shades in this photo represent the more densely vegetated areas. The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is dedicated to addressing the country’s environmental difficulties, which include assessing the risks this sea-level nation faces against rising sea level due to climate change.

 

As the Agency writes, “the second half of the century may see serious problems arising from climate change, in particular in the low-lying areas of the country.” This false-color image of the waterways of The Netherlands was taken on May 24, 2002, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite.