The forecast of crop yield is used operationally to cover continental areas such as Europe for the purposes of agricultural policy decisions. The techniques are also being implemented world-wide in more critical areas to support aid programmes.
Europe's dry soils seen from space
30 May 2012
The trend of below-average rainfall across Europe has continued into the first months of 2012. ESA's SMOS water mission has revealed the negative consequences of this recent bout of ‘good' weather.
Western Europe is experiencing a severe lack of water because of this trend. Concern about the deficit of water is rising across European countries and their respective water agencies, in particular in Spain, France, Germany and the UK.
The absence of sufficient water resources threatens crops, which in turn increases food prices and can cause a shortage of drinking water or affect industry by drying up shipping routes.
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