Articles | Volume 25, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1827–1847, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-1827-2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1827–1847, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-1827-2021

Research article 09 Apr 2021

Research article | 09 Apr 2021

Field-scale soil moisture bridges the spatial-scale gap between drought monitoring and agricultural yields

Noemi Vergopolan et al.

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Drought monitoring and yield prediction often rely on coarse-scale hydroclimate data or (infrequent) vegetation indexes that do not always indicate the conditions farmers face in the field. Consequently, decision-making based on these indices can often be disconnected from the farmer reality. Our study focuses on smallholder farming systems in data-sparse developing countries, and it shows how field-scale soil moisture can leverage and improve crop yield prediction and drought impact assessment.