January 17, 2006
This Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) multitemporal color composite image shows an area covering the cities of Rotterdam, Netherlands (large bright area top left) and Antwerp, Belgium (bright area at the bottom center). Rotterdam, located in the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland, is one of the world's largest ports. Rotterdam engulfs both banks of the Nieuwe Mass, an estuary of the Rhine, which connects to the Waal and Meuse rivers. The deep-water channel known as the Nieuwe Water connects the inland harbor to the North Sea and allows access to large ocean-going vessels. The city of Antwerp, located inland from the North Sea along the banks of the river Schelde, is one of Belgium's largest cities and its chief port. A river port with sea access to all but the largest ships, Antwerp handles most of the transit traffic from France and Germany. The image was made using three ASAR images acquired on different dates and assigning a color (RGB) to each image (Red: 12 February 2003, Green: 10 September 2003, Blue: 2 July 2003).
- Satellite: Envisat
- Instrument: ASAR
- Acquisition: 10-Sep-2003
- Orbit nr: 07992
- Center coordinates: lat. 51.30, lon. 4.66
Topics: Environment, Netherlands, Geography, Europe, Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta, Meuse, Scheldt, Antwerp, Holland, Rotterdam, Envisat