DROUGHT MAP


 This animation shows monthly anomalies of Relative Evapotranspiration, based on 15 years of historical data. Green colors represent areas with better than average conditions (wetter), yellow colors are used for regions with normal conditions and orange to red colors highlight areas that experience more water stress than normal.

Developing countries are the most impacted by climate change due to their higher vulnerability and lower coping capacity.

Monitoring of agricultural drought is critical for decision-makers to assess impacts on the environment, economy and society. Early warning of food insecurity supports them to timely plan a response and allocate resources. And, understanding of trends and patterns helps to evaluate climate change risks and climate resilience and define the outlook for the future.

eLEAF’s solutions use satellite earth observation data for improving water management, increasing agriculture performance and achieving climate resilience.

eLEAF’s Drought Map provides monthly updates on drought conditions over Africa at the 2nd administrative level.

August 2021

In most parts of Africa the conditions the past month have been from normal to favourable. Drought is observed in the North-West, mainly in parts of Libya, Algeria and Western Sahara and in the South of the continent; South Africa, coastal areas of Namibia and Madagascar.

The map is based on eLEAF’s daily Relative Evapotranspiration product, derived from hourly Metosat MSG observations. Relative Evapotranspiration is an excellent indicator of agricultural drought. The unique combination of high frequency near real-time data and an archive of 40 years of daily Evapotranspiration estimates is widely used to inform decision making in water management, agricultural insurance and climate risk related applications.

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