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Agriculture Stress Index System (ASIS)

ASIS (Agriculture Stress Index System) monitors vegetation indices across global crop areas during the growth season and can detect hotspots all over the world where crops may be affected by drought.

Drought is the world’s most destructive natural hazard and has had devastating impacts on food security and food production. Episodes of drought increased in frequency and intensity over the past two decades as a result of climate change, and this trend is expected to continue. Timely and reliable information on the condition of food crops all over the world is essential for mitigating the impact of agricultural drought. FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) and the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division developed a system for detecting agricultural areas with a high likelihood of water stress - drought at global, regional and country level. ASIS allows countries to fine-tune parameters of the system based on detailed land use maps and national crop statistics. At the country level, ASIS could be used in developing a remote sensing-based index for crop insurance.

For more information on ASIS: http://www.fao.org/climatechange/asis/en/.