What is drought monitoring used for?
Data application of the month: Drought
Early detection of droughts is important for managing emerging crop losses to prevent or mitigate possible related famines, and for dealing with increased fire risk. Satellite imagery helps to monitor precipitation, soil moisture, and vegetation health to support drought early warning systems. It is used to feed monthly drought bulletins and to issue warnings. Near-real-time data related to drought are available free of charge via several regional and global platforms.