Massive flooding in Europe: is it climate change?

Heavy rains in the North-West of Europe resulted in severe floodings across The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and also affected Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom.

A photo shared by the Cologne district government on Twitter

Today we will figure out how even short-term rain-induced flooding can harm plant development.

Stagnant water = poor soil performance

Water tolerance is a well-known quality of a large number of plant species. Moreover, sometimes crops are needed for floodwaters to maintain better growth and rich yields. However, what can save one plant species often might kill the other. And that is why:

  • Water excess also increases the concentration of ethanol and hydrogen sulfide in flooded soils which is devastating for the roots.
  • Soil organic matter, which is also beneficial to soils, slows down decomposition rates when flooded due to soil erosion.
  • Topsoils, which are responsible for the better half of plant nutrients, also are most likely to be washed away.
  • Flooded soils also led to an increase in the pH of acidic soils and a decrease in the pH of alkaline soils.

Massive floods in the context of global climate change

After the dangerously high temperature in the United States and Canada, where the heatwave drained lands, floods in Europe have aroused new fears that human-induced environmental changes are making extreme weather conditions worse than expected.

On average, floods cause more than $40B in worldwide damage per year.

Sure, we have no power towards the forces of nature, but there is no doubt that the number of losses can be decreased with the appropriate approach to the problem.

In SoilMate, we have developed a specific solution that is able to identify the stagnant water patches using satellite imagery.

Unfortunately, we can’t stop climate change in a blink, but we could definitely slow it down.

SoilMate — is the platform that was created to prevent climate change. And the main idea is next — if we don’t try now, we will lose the moment.

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