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The MARS project runs since 1993 a Pall-European short term forecast activity about crop growth and yields condition (Vossen, Rijks. 1995). The activity has been carried out within the Agriculture and Regional Information Systems (ARIS) Unit of the Space Applications Institute, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. It is based on three different kind of information: indicators derived from meteorological data, agro-meteorological simulated indicators at crop level and indicators from earth observation instruments. The indicators produced are used as crop yield predictors I where the forecasting model is fitted using the official national crop yield time series. The modelling introduces also a trend factor. Agro-meteorological scenarios are produced and analysed to describe the possible evolution of the season from the moment the forecast is issued t~ the crop harvest. The analyses and the main results are published into the MARS bulletin (http://mars.ans.saI.Jrc.It/stats/bulletin ).

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Authors: GENOVESE G, EC-JRC, Space Application Institute, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: Conference on Agriculture and Environmental Statistical Applications in Rome (CAESAR). Organised by: ISTAT. Held in: Rome (IT), 5-7 June 2001
Record Number: 200013525 / Last updated on: 2001-07-25
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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