This year, a severe drought is threatening eastern and southern Spain.The last months have been extremely dry, threatening harvests of the rainfed areas and potentially putting farmers out of business. Murcia, Valencia and Alicante are among the worst hit areas, where rainfall has been down to just 25% of average levels, according to Meteorological Agency AEMET.
The critical situation in some areas is making policy makers look for innovative solutions to monitor the drought situation and impacts. FutureWater has recently started a 3-year project (GESEQ) partly funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy to develop a drought monitoring tool which will allow anticipating better to drought conditions and predict their consequences. Currently, test modules are being set-up which will be extended over the following 2 years towards a mature decision support system.
Accumulated greenness anomaly for several rainfed agricultural areas in the Murcia Region
The media and water managers of local water authorities have put interest these days in the project. Here below a summary of some recent media coverage (in Spanish):