ASAP, an online decision support system for early warning about hotspots of agricultural production anomaly (crop and rangeland), has been launched at EDD in Bruxelles on 8th June 2017 and it is now available on the web at https://mars.jrc.ec.europa.eu/asap/. ASAP is developed on top of many SPIRITS tools and is also based on the experience on image time series processing for agricultural monitoring coming from SPIRITS development.
It supports multi-agency early warning initiatives and intends to provide evidence based 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.
ASAP provides information at two levels:
- monthly identification of agricultural production hotspot countries with summary narratives by JRC experts for agriculture and food security analysts;
- ten-day automated warnings at province level and weather and Earth Observation based vegetation indicators for geospatial data practitioners.
The hotspot identification focuses on 80 countries:
- where food security and rural development is an 11th EDF (European Development Fund) focal sector;
- or which are monitored by the GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning.
These are some of the main ASAP features:
- 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