The EDO pages contain drought-relevant information such as maps of indicators derived from different data sources (e.g., precipitation measurements, satellite measurements, modelled soil moisture content).
The European Environment Agency (EEA) unveiled on 4 September 2012 an interactive map that shows the heatwave risk for European cities; this and other maps are included in a recently published EEA report entitled “Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe”.
Yesterday the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) delivered its first image of the Earth. SEVIRI is an instrument on MSG-3, Europe’s latest weather satellite and third in a series of four satellites introduced in 2002.
ESAs’ Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) water mission has revealed the negative consequences of the deficit of precipitation that Western Europe is experiencing since February 2011, particularly in France, Germany and the UK.
The lack of sufficient precipitations affects the agricultural sector. It increases food prices and puts industry at risk by drying up shipping routes.