GEOGLAM – AgMIP Joint Workshop Planned

Geoglam-AgMIPOn August 5, 2014 James W. Jones and Cynthia Rosenzweig (AgMIP Co-PI’s) attended a workshop hosted by the Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) in Beltsville, MD. The workshop brought together GEOGLAM and other agricultural research leaders to discuss both the current status of the US GEOGLAM initiative, and its future direction.

The goal of GEOGLAM is to strengthen the international community’s capacity to produce and disseminate relevant, timely and accurate forecasts of agricultural production at national, regional and global scales through the use of Earth Observations (EO), which include satellite and ground-based observations.

“There are many opportunities for synergies between GEOGLAM and AgMIP,” commented Cynthia Rosenzweig, “GEOGLAM is focused on agricultural data and that can be linked directly into AgMIP models for assessments.”

GEOGLAM and AgMIP are now planning a joint workshop that will explore the use of near real-time earth observations as inputs into AgMIP models for forecasting yields and other important crop metrics. This workshop will be the first step towards creating a new partnership between the groups that could lead to future collaborative projects.