March 12, 2012

Drought on western Europe

Western Europe is experiencing a significant water deficit.

Great-Britain is already being considered as in danger. SMOS usually allows the moisture quantity measurements to be performed on the top layer of the soils but it also observed this drought.

It does not only concern the United-Kingdom but also Spain as the figure below shows.

Soil moisture resulting from the SMOS data on February 2010, 2011 and 2012 (average values) for flybys corresponding to measurements at 6am. On February 2010, the SMOS commissioning was not achieved yet so data gaps remained.

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