EGU2020-10669, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Monitoring rainfed cereals under different soils and rainfall pattern

Ana Maria Tarquis1,2, David Rivas-Tabares1, Juan J. Martín-Sotoca3, and Antonio Saa-Requejo1,4
Ana Maria Tarquis et al.
  • 1CEIGRAM, ETSIAAB. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain (
  • 2Grupo de Sistemas Complejos, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
  • 3Data Science Lab, Universidad Europea, Spain.
  • 4Dpto Producción Agraria, ETSIAAB, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

In most Mediterranean climate regions drought events are of great importance and their effects on rainfed crops are evident. Crop yields of rainfed cereal are highly dependent of the soil-plant-atmosphere system, especially referred to the weather conditions and soil properties. However, very few studies are found on the importance of both factors on crop condition.

Several plots were localized in the midlands of Eresma-Adaja watershed. Combining remote sensing data and agricultural survey work those with monocrop cereal sequences were identify. These plots were clustered based on which soil class were allocated based on a Self-Organizing Map and precipitation regimen elaborated in the area (Rivas-Tabares et al., 2019). Within this area, two contrasting soil properties sites were selected to assess plots with at least 20 years of rainfed monocropping sequences but under similar weather regime. This allows us to analyze the effect and relationships of soil type and rainfall with Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) in time.

The NDVI average from both areas are statistically different in the growing season suggesting that soils and weather conditions are motivating the spectral variability of sites. The influence of soil texture and rainfall regimen related to NDVI values and interannual variability during the crop growth are discussed.


Rivas-Tabares, D., AM Tarquis, B Willaarts, Á De Miguel. 2019. An accurate evaluation of water availability in sub-arid Mediterranean watersheds through SWAT: Cega-Eresma-Adaja. Agricultural Water Management 212, 211-225.



Finding for this work was partially provided by Boosting agricultural Insurance based 465 on Earth Observation data - BEACON project under agreement Nº 821964, funded under H2020_EU, DT-SPACE-01-EO-2018-2020. The authors also acknowledge support from Project No. PGC2018-093854-B-I00 of the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia Innovación y Universidades of Spain. The data provided by ITACyL and AEMET is greatly appreciated.

How to cite: Tarquis, A. M., Rivas-Tabares, D., Martín-Sotoca, J. J., and Saa-Requejo, A.: Monitoring rainfed cereals under different soils and rainfall pattern, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-10669,, 2020


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