Conclusions

Drought has become a severe problem in Polish agriculture. It is the main reason for decline in crop yields. Drought early warning can help minimize losses in agriculture. Drought information is available from different institutions in Poland, but it is directed more to research than to applications. There is a good network of meteorological stations in Poland, however, drought monitoring and prediction are developed using point measurements. Combining remotely sensed and meteorological data will enhance spatial information about drought and its progress. In particular, data provided by NOAA meteorological satellites (1-km resolution) offer rapid and frequent information about drought development. Extensive research needs to be carried out in Poland to further develop an operational system for assessing crop conditions and monitoring and predicting droughts.

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