Articles | Volume 24, issue 12
Research article
21 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 21 Dec 2020

Anatomy of the 2018 agricultural drought in the Netherlands using in situ soil moisture and satellite vegetation indices

Joost Buitink, Anne M. Swank, Martine van der Ploeg, Naomi E. Smith, Harm-Jan F. Benninga, Frank van der Bolt, Coleen D. U. Carranza, Gerbrand Koren, Rogier van der Velde, and Adriaan J. Teuling

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