05 Sep 2017
NEW EU-WIDE CROP AND WEATHER MONITORING E-SERVICE – 05 SEPTEMBERBrussels Daily
JRC launches new EU-wide crop and weather monitoring e-service
Web users worldwide can now view weather and crop conditions in near real-time across the whole of the EU, thanks to the JRC MARS Explorer, a pioneering new e-service from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.
Thousands of individuals and organisations from various levels of government, industry, media, and research and development already benefit from information provided by the MARS crop monitoring Bulletin, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The Bulletin provides monthly updates on weather conditions, crop monitoring and crop yield forecasts for EU member states and neighbouring countries. The JRC MARS Explorer gives existing and new users access to a much larger set of data and at a significantly higher frequency.
How does it work?
The JRC MARS Explorer provides quick access to high-resolution maps and graphs that are updated three times per month. These pre-prepared images display both crop and weather information, and can be downloaded and reused by users in their own reports. Weather information is based on observations from several thousand meteorological stations across Europe, while simulations using a computer model provide information on crops. More information here