Geospatial information for sustainable food systems

Damage to cropland due to the conflict in the Gaza Strip as of 20 May 2024

Year published: 12/06/2024

A cropland mask was prepared using very high-resolution satellite data from SPOT and Pléiades and high-resolution data from Sentinel-2 to analyse the damage to cropland. Sentinel-2 data from the month of May from 2017 to 2023 was used as a baseline for comparison with May 2024 data to conduct cropland change analysis of the cropland mask area.

A reduction in cropland greenness was considered as an abrupt change and an indication of damage. The severity of the impact on cropland was determined by calculating the percentage and hectares of the damaged area by governorate. The grid depicts the severity of damage in localised areas; in each tile the area of damaged cropland was divided by the total cropland area.