Climate suitability for Locust Breeding

For breeding of desert locusts, consecutive rain is required over 3 to 4 weeks to keep surface soil moist. If the surface soil remain moist for 10-15 days the adult locusts start oviposition. Besides soil moisture, soil temperature is also important to avoid desiccation of the egg pods. Hence to model breeding suitability past 3 weeks data pertaining to rainfall type, number of occurrence, maximum difference between two consecutive rain is analysed (indicates the duration of soil wetness). After analysis the model returns the output as a text file indicating whether the prevailing weather over past 3 weeks was suitable or not.

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