AgMIP’s 4th Annual Global Workshop kicked off yesterday at the Faculty House of Columbia University in New York, New York with over 230 participants. The morning began with a welcome address from Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs. Martin Parry then spoke about AgMIP’s contribution to 20 years of study on climate change and global food security after which Mannava Sivakumar gave a presentation on the AgMIP contribution to the global framework for climate services.
After a welcome and overview of the workshop goals by Jim Jones, Cynthia Rosenzweig spoke about the current state of AgMIP, activities and results.
These remarks were followed by a Speed Science Session, in which 22 scientists each had five minutes to present their work completed in the past year and their plans for the future.
After the lunch break, participants separated into breakout groups to discuss such diverse topics as global economics, the Coordinated Climate-Crop Modeling Project (C3MP), AgGRID, regional integrated assessments, water resources, soils and crop rotation, crop model intercomparison and improvement, pests/diseases/weeds/ozone, and data, decision support systems, and IT. These discussions supported the Workshop’s objectives of developing plans for future collaborations on next-generation models needed for assessing climate change impacts and adaptation.
To wrap up the day’s events, participating science teams presented 65 posters of their work at an evening reception at Columbia University’s Low Library with remarks by Michael Purdy Executive Vice President for Research at Columbia University.