2009 Annual Report
Formal collaborative agreements (SCAs) will be established with regional partners that include the National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer (Jordan), the Cooperative Monitoring Center,(Jordan) the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (Shufat-East Jerusalem, PNA, via Israel), the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), and the Ahali-Center for Community Development, Israel.
Progress includes increased scientific cooperation amongst American, Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian scientists; establishing of an agricultural meteorological stations network connected to a network and an internet site; improved knowledge of crop water use for several crops in the region; and plans for future collaboration on the pressing water issues of the region.
Actual metrological data for Israel, Jordan and Palestine can be retrieved from the IMIS website: www.merimis.org. The rainfall was moderate in Israel, Palestine and in certain parts of Jordan. The highest rain fall recorded in the area covered by the MERIMIS network from October 2008 to May 2009 was in Baqa Al-Gharbieh (central Israel) at 488.4 mm, and the lowest was in the Jordan Valley, Jordan at 76.7 mm. Current metrological data for Israel, Jordan and West Bank can be retrieved from the IMIS website. The website is consistently updated and modified to reflect project progress.