ASA Symposium – Perspectives on Climate Effects on Agriculture: The International Efforts of AgMIP


Daniel Hillel, 2013 World Food Prize Winner and lead Organizer/Presider of the special session.
An AgMIP special session was held at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy on November 4th that featured presentations from most of the main groups working within the AgMIP community. Titled “Perspectives on Climate Effects on Agriculture: The International Efforts of AgMIP” the session ran from 8:00 in the morning until 4:10 in the afternoon and included 24 presentations. Each presentation will be published as a chapter in the upcoming third volume of the Handbook of Climate Change and Agroecosystems: The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP).

An overview of AgMIP Phase 1 and New Methods for Regional Assessments began the presentations. Efforts across climate and crop modeling, Representative Agricultural Pathways (RAPs), and IT were then presented. These groups are on course to providing the protocols necessary to complete standardized regional integrated assessments of climate change impacts on agriculture being undertaken by AgMIP regional teams.

Presentations then featured results from AgMIP regional teams in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and a report from new AgMIP partner, Brazil. These regional integrated assessments represent the first time researchers have connected climate impacts on crop and livestock all the way through to economic impacts revealing complex distributions of household impacts.

Ken Boote, leader of AgMIP Crop Modeling Team commented, “It was great to see the regional teams participate in the Agronomy Society meetings. Their presentations were outstanding. The crop modelers in the CTW sessions showed great interest in testing their models with experimental data on CO2, temperature, and water response.”

Global economics, the Ag-GRID Global Gridded Crop Model Intercomparison (GGCMI), Coordinated Climate-Crop Modeling Project (C3MP), as well as uncertainty, data, crop diseases, training, and coordination were also presented. The full days program can be accessed here on the ASA Symposium website.

Daniel Hillel, 2013 World Food Prize Winner and lead Organizer/Presider of the Session summed it up nicely, “This ASA session provided a wonderful opportunity to witness the success of collaborative AgMIP research being conducted in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and the US. I was especially delighted to see the growing international pool of young men and women contributing integrated climate, crop, and economic model assessments of food security.”

Abstracts of all of the presentations can be found in the AgMIP publication database.