Agriculture is still a key sector for the local economy at Estarreja region, which has been suffering from several environmental pressures over the past decades. A strong heritage related to the release of untreated effluents from industrial activity before the nineties is still present in the territory. Additionally, Climate Change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts but also the rise of sea level, hindering crop yields and severely affecting the local agriculture-based economy.
The AGREST project aims to make a spatiotemporal perspective of the agricultural use of the land during the past 35 years at Estarreja region, using Earth Observation data based on Landsat records. Information on the occurrence of river floods, droughts, episodes of saltwater intrusion and contamination from industrial activity will also be retrieved to assess potential impacts on crop production.
This project is financed by CNRS/INEE (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / Institut Ecologie et Environnement) through the OHMI (International Observatory Hommes-Milieux).