ERMES at work: Monitoring 2016 European rice growing season

After the 2014/2015 design and preliminary implementation phase, the different functionalities of the ERMES services were further operationalized and tested during the 2016 European rice growing season exploiting the full suite of ERMES products and services.

This allowed to consistently monitor the European Rice growing season at different scales: from regional (e.g., rice districts) to local (e.g., farms and single rice parcels). ERMES services thus provided a huge amount of information to end-users and  stakeholders, which could be visualized through the ERMES geoportals. The information provided allowed to better monitor rice growth, and was used for advanced applications, such as the production of regular rice blast risk bulletins and the implementation of Variable Rate Technology fertilizations. Highlights on some of the more interesting products/applications realized is provided in the “Results and Achievements” section of the ERMES Website. We link here the main 2016 news for ease of use:

ERMES Products Support Variable Rate Fertilisation: Successful Real-world Experiment in Greece

Cooperation of ERMES and RICEGUARD FP7 Projects for Estimating Rice Blast Infection Risk Accurately

Final versions of ERMES geoportal and AgriNotebook deployed

Rice mapping in Europe: 2016 ERMES results

Derivation of time series of LAI maps from Sentinel-2A

Detection of diseases in paddy rice fields with Sentinel-2

Early season field monitoring with VHR SAR data to highlight problems in germination

Monitoring the 2016 rice phenonological cycle in Europe

Sentinel-1A data for Land Cover mapping of Gambia

ERMES publications


ERMES Monitoring at Regional Scale in Greece – Examples of information retrievable from ERMES regional geoportal concerning the 2016 growing season. a) rice crop map; b) phenological maps: dates of flowering; Time series of c) maximum air temperature, d) solar radiation, e) daily rainfall, f) maximum relative humidity, g) Leaf Area Index, and h) simulated risk of potential rice blast infection risk (the green line corresponds to the 2016 season; the blue line is the 2003-2015 average, plus and minus one standard deviation (grey area – when present))


ERMES services at Local Scale: Examples of Constant and Seasonal Pattern maps (A,B,C); Geoportal visualization: Highlight of owned field (D) and results of crop development stage (E) and blast infection risk (F) for one field