A new re-structuring across the JRC has taken place on 1st Jan 2012, following the implementation of the new JRC Strategy 2010-2020.
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.
MARS Unit - new CAST Research call is open - Post-doc researchers are needed
A new CAST call has been launched for scientific profiles.
Latest News & Events
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
The 6th CGMS Expert Meeting will be held on 12-13 November 2013 at the Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, organized by the Monitoring Agricultural Resources unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability.
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...
Traditional yearly rendez-vous of the agricultural subsidies controls community at the end of the control campaign. This year the event will be co-organised with NMA, the Lithuanian Paying Agency and will take place in Vilnius, at LITEXPO Conference Centre, on 3 and 4 December. This year we d...
The contract notice 2013/S 161-280227 for the following open call for tenders was published on the 21/08/2013 in Tenders Electronic Daily (TED, the online version of the 'Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union', dedicated to European public procurement):
Latest Bulletins & Publications
Satisfying yields conclude a season marked by contrasts
MARSBulletinVol21No13.pdf 1.50 MB
Favourable weather supported timely sowing and crop establishment in most EU-28 regions
MARSBulletin_Vol21_No11.pdf 5.48 MB
The season has now finished and harvesting is approaching its end. The season was characterized by contrasted situations in the main agricultural areas: normal start in the central highlands and dry spells in the western lowlands in July. Good rains resumption in August allowed rapid...
Eritrea_October2013.pdf 2.98 MB
Satisfactory summer crop yield expectations after a troubled start to the season
MARSBulletin_Vol21_No10.pdf 4.40 MB
This report aims at analyzing the crop situation in DPRK at the end of August 2013 based on the rainfall, temperature and global radiation data as predicted by the global ECMWF model together with the fAPAR time series derived from satellite imagery.