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.

Full information at:

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Latest News & Events

LPIS (linked with GAEC-greening) workshop, Brussels

The MARS unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre is pleased to announce the“LPIS (linked with GAEC-greening) workshop” which will take place from 13:00 Wednesday, 24th September to 14:00 Friday 26th September 2014 in...

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.

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.

Latest Bulletins & Publications

MARS Bulletin Vol.22 No.7 (Crop Monitoring in Europe - 21 July 2014)

Good EU-28 cereal yields and positive outlook for summer crops

MARS_Bulletin_Vol22_No7.pdf 12.92 MB

MARS Bulletin Vol.22 No.6 (Crop Monitoring in Europe - 23 June 2014)

Yield outlook predominantly positive, drought concerns for Spain

MARS_Bulletin_Vol22_No06.pdf 9.70 MB

Common FAO GIEWS - JRC Climate Early Warning report for the Horn of Africa

Late and erratic rains raise serious concern for crop and livestock production

hof03062014.pdf 1.59 MB

MARS Bulletin Vol.22 No.5 (Crop Monitoring in Europe - 12 May 2014)

Despite weather anomalies yield outlook is positive

MARS_Bulletin_Vol22_No5.pdf 7.05 MB