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Semi-Automatic Operational Service for Drought Monitoring and Forecasting in the Tuscany Region

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Institute of Biometeorology of the National Research Council (IBIMET-CNR), Via G. Caproni, 8, 50145 Florence, Italy
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LaMMA Consortium of Tuscany Region, Via Madonna del Piano, 10, 70019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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Geosciences 2018, 8(2), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8020049
Received: 15 December 2017 / Revised: 24 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 2 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Drought Monitoring and Prediction)
A drought-monitoring and forecasting system developed for the Tuscany region was improved in order to provide a semi-automatic, more detailed, timely and comprehensive operational service for decision making, water authorities, researchers and general stakeholders. Ground-based and satellite data from different sources (regional meteorological stations network, MODIS Terra satellite and CHIRPS/CRU precipitation datasets) are integrated through an open-source, interoperable SDI (spatial data infrastructure) based on PostgreSQL/PostGIS to produce vegetation and precipitation indices that allow following of the occurrence and evolution of a drought event. The SDI allows the dissemination of comprehensive, up-to-date and customizable information suitable for different end-users through different channels, from a web page and monthly bulletins, to interoperable web services, and a comprehensive climate service. The web services allow geospatial elaborations on the fly, and the geo-database can be increased with new input/output data to respond to specific requests or to increase the spatial resolution. View Full-Text
Keywords: drought observatory; drought indices; remote sensing; spatial data infrastructure; interoperability; dissemination drought observatory; drought indices; remote sensing; spatial data infrastructure; interoperability; dissemination
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Magno, R.; De Filippis, T.; Di Giuseppe, E.; Pasqui, M.; Rocchi, L.; Gozzini, B. Semi-Automatic Operational Service for Drought Monitoring and Forecasting in the Tuscany Region. Geosciences 2018, 8, 49.

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