MAPFRE FOUNDATION presented yesterday in Madrid the book “Teledetección aplicada a la elaboración de mapas de peligrosidad de granizo en tiempo real y mapas de daños en cultivos”, a work by professors at the University of Leon, Laura Lopez, Andres Merino, José Luis Sanchez and Eduardo Garcia-Ortega, thanks to a research grant from the Foundation.

The main objective of this work, which has coordinated Juan Saez, Director of the Agricultural Channel MAPFRE, is to validate some of the most advanced hail detection tools, one of the most common weather risks in Spain, which causes damage to crops ( estimated at over 200 million euros a year), vehicles, houses and other buildings.

To do this, we used the combined agricultural insurance data, maps have been used as cereal crops, vineyards, olive groves and fruit; and it has developed a software tool that allows real-time display hail falling and the effect it can have on each of the crops.

In this sense, the work also refers to the importance of next-generation weather satellites, which according to this publication have much to contribute in detecting and monitoring these risks.

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