The Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit provides
scientific and technical support on EU Agriculture and Food Security policies. Activities of the Unit are based on expertise
in agrometeorological crop modelling, sampling methods, econometric, geomatics and
satellite remote sensing. The
MARS project, started in 1988, has been initially designed to apply emerging
space technologies for providing independent and timely information on crop
areas and yields. Since 2000, the expertise in crop yields is applied
for countries outside the EU.
Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS Unit is made up of four Actions: GeoCAP
(ex-MARS PAC), AGRI4CAST (ex-MARS STAT), FOODSEC and CID.