Drought in the Fertile Crescent

Trigo et al. have published a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology about the recent drought period (driest since 1940) in the Fertile Crescent (today’s south-eastern Turkey, eastern Syria, northern Iraq and western Iran). Precipitation decline was mostly noticeable over Iraq (up to 70%), with the suppression of rainfall particularly acute during 2007–2008. They characterized the drought in temporal and spatial scales and performed the first assessment on the associated impact in the hydrology, vegetation dynamics and cereal productions. They claimed a great impact on cereal production (wheat and barley) in the region and showed that the major grain-growing countries in the area (Syria, Iraq and Iran) were significantly affected by this drought, particularly in the year 2008. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2010.05.006

Image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided by the United State Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service and processed by Jennifer Small and Assaf Anyamba, NASA GIMMS Group at Goddard Space Flight Center.

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2 Comments on “Drought in the Fertile Crescent”

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