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About ASAP

ASAP is an online decision support system for early warning about hotspots of agricultural production anomaly (crop and rangeland), developed by the JRC for food security crises prevention and response planning anticipation.

Why

ASAP supports multi-agency early warning initiatives and provides information to food security assessments, to the IPC (Integrated Food Security Phase Classification) and to Cadre Harmonisé, which are the basis for the annual Global Report on Food Crises. It also directly feeds into the GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning.

What

- Frequent updates for timely early warning on an open access web interface
- Combination of automatic warning classification and monitoring by JRC analysts
- Homogeneous approach at global level based on state of the art use of weather and earth observation data
- Short global overview and country narratives for users without experience in the use of geospatial data
- Zoom into hotspot areas with high resolution imagery for vegetation anomaly mapping at parcel level

How

ASAP provides information at two levels:
1) monthly identification of agricultural production hotspot countries and summary narratives by JRC experts for agriculture and food security analysts, for example in DG DEVCO and EU delegations;
2) ten-day automatic warnings about low or delayed vegetation performance at province level plus weather and Earth Observation vegetation indicators for JRC and external technical experts.

Where

The hotspot identification focusses on 80 countries:
- with EU intervention in food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture;
- or which are monitored by the GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning.

When

The automatic warnings at provincial level are published on the Warning Explorer every ten days two or three days after the end of each ten-daily period (e.g. 2nd-3rd, 12th-13th, 22nd-23rd of each month).
The hotspot assessment is published at the end of each month (e.g. after 27th) with information related to the previous 30 days.

Who

The ASAP system is developed and maintained by the ASAP Team at the Food Security unit of JRC (European Commission).

ASAP Team

Felix Rembold

Tropical agronomist, PhD. Long project management and research experience in remote sensing for agricultural monitoring and food security. ASAP project leader and responsible for analysis in North, East and West Africa and for the monthly global overview.

Hervé Kerdiles

Agricultural engineer, PhD. Crop monitoring expert with background in GIS and remote sensing. In charge of the analysis of crops and rangelands conditions in the Middle East, Central, South and South East Asia.

Michele Meroni

Remote sensing scientist, PhD. Expert in environmental monitoring with Earth Observation data. He works for the development of ASAP algorithms based on weather and vegetation indicators.

Ana Pérez-Hoyos

Agricultural engineer, PhD. Crop monitoring expert with background in GIS and remote sensing. She is responsible for agricultural analyses in America, the Caribbean Islands and Central Africa.

Ferdinando Urbano

Environmental engineer, PhD. External consultant. Expert in spatial data management and analysis. He coordinates the technical development of the ASAP platform and takes care of the ASAP database.

Luis Miguel Agudo

Geologist, MSc. External consultant. Expert in GIS technologies. He is the developer behind the web-based spatial and non spatial tools of the ASAP software platform.

Maria Dimou

Surveying engineer, MSc. External consultant. Expert in geoinformatics and agricultural monitoring data. She supports agricultural analysis for Southern Africa countries and various operational activities.

Augusta Bande

UI/UX designer. External consultant. Expert in web design, graphics, user experience/user interaction design and data visualization. She is the front-end developer of the ASAP web application.