The Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit Mission

Focusing on crop production, agricultural activities and rural development, the MARS Unit provides timely forecasts, early assessments and the scientific underpinning for efficient monitoring and control systems. The work serves the Agriculture and Food policies of the European Union, their impact on rural economies and on the environment, encompassing the global issues of food security and climate change.

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In Focus 

SPIRITS software officially launched at the AFRICAGIS 2013 - GSDI conference in Addis Abeba on Nov. 6th

More information on the launch event is available here

Job Opportunities 

Trainee position available: deadline for application 21.02.2014

The objective of the proposed position is to contribute to the validation of various operational rainfall products using gauge data to be spatially interpolated. The test area is likely to be based on gauge data from a French speaking African country.

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Latest News & Events

LPIS 2014 WS Brussels

The MARS unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), Joint Research Centre is pleased to announce the workshop "LPIS management and challenges" which will take place on Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th of April 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

Information for Meeting Africa’'s Agricultural Transformation and Food Security Goals, IMAAFS (Addis Ababa, 16-18 June 2014)

Availing of, Accessing and Using Information for Achieving the Green Revolution Dream

Kick-off Agricultural Control Campaign 2014 (Varese 5-6 March 2014)

Every year, the agricultural control national bodies meet the EC (JRC and DG AGRI) to examine plans and technical challenges for the coming OTS checks campaign.

Area Measurement Workshop - Berlin

MARS Unit organises this workshop in collaboration with BLE (DE-Federal Office for Agriculture and Food), in Berlin, at Federal Press Office premises, from 5 to 7 November. The aim of this workshop is to have exchange of views about use of GNSS and the use of orthoimagery for area measurement...

Latest Bulletins & Publications

Crop and pasture monitoring in Eritrea - March 2014

This report provides a rapid assessment of the present Bahri season. This analysis is based on the rainfall estimates as predicted by the global ECMWF model together with the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) time series derived from satellite imagery. The 2013/2014...

MARS_Eritrea_bulletin_March2014.pdf 1.92 MB

MARS Bulletin Vol.22 No.2 (Crop Monitoring in Europe - 24 February 2014)

Exceptional mild winter and very wet in western Europe

MARS_Bulletin_Vol22_No2.pdf 1.98 MB

MARS Bulletin Vol.22 No.1 (Crop Monitoring in Europe - 27 January 2014)

Hardening of winter cereals significantly delayed in western and central Europe

MARSBulletin_Vol22_No1.pdf 1.19 MB