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Area of yearly soil moisture deficit per country and land cover, in % of the country area

Data Visualization Created 11 Jan 2021 Published 22 Mar 2021 Last modified 22 Mar 2021
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Standardized anomalies of of soil moisture during 2000-2019 are analyzed within the vegetation growing season.

Anomalies are expressed in standard deviations compared to the long term average soil moisture conditions for each 500m grid cell in the EEA39 region. Negative soil moisture anomalies indicate vegetation soil moisture conditions that are less than the long term normal condition.

The extent of soil moisture deficit is calculated from the sum of those grid cells where the soil moisture anomaly was below -1 standard deviation in the given year.

In order to exclude low vegetation anomaly signals in the time series, only those grid cells were considered in this analysis where the Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2000-2018 series indicated no land use change between 2000-2018.

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Soil moisture deficit during the vegetation growing season, annual time-series, 2000-2019 provided by European Environment Agency (EEA)

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