Lake Garda unaffected by ongoing drought in Northern Italy

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Published on 15 April 2022

Lake Garda, shown in this image acquired on 11 April 2022 by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites, is the largest lake in Italy, with an area of 370 km2 and a full capacity of 49 km3. It is located between Brescia and Verona in the north of the country, where the low levels of precipitation and warmer than average temperatures have caused a severe drought that has been affecting the Po valley for months.

Lake Garda, however, has not significantly been significantly impacted by from the consequences of the drought and is currently at 80,7% of its total capacity, thanks to the proper management of its water flow during the winter months. Conversely, other lakes in the region are showing the acute consequences of the drought: Lake Iseo and Lake Como are respectively at 10% and 6,5% of their total capacity.

The Copernicus product portfolio includes two Drought Observatories, managed by the Copernicus Emergency Management Service, which provide drought indicators and early warning for droughts in Europe (EDO) and worldwide (GDO).

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