Produced for Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights Series. Published on April 27, 2016.
Degroot studies the Little Ice Age, a period of global cooling from around 1500 to 1850, during which temperatures dropped 0.6 degrees Celsius in the Northern Hemisphere. The Little Ice Age wreaked havoc across most of Europe, leading to mass starvation, war and social upheaval — but not in the Netherlands. The Golden Age of the Dutch Republic spanned the harshest years of the Little Ice Age.