AgMIP IMPACTS EXPLORER Launches on two Continents

AN INTERACTIVE, WEB-BASED TOOL FOR VISUALIZING RESILIENT AGRICULTURE

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The Beta version of a new visualization tool for the assessment of current and future agricultural systems is being launched in two continents on December 12, 2017. The online tool will debut at the AgMIP Town Hall to be held at 6pm at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, and also at the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) Annual Forum in Rome.

The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP; www.agmip.org) invites users to test drive the Impacts Explorer’s capabilities, interactive visualizations and descriptions of key findings, and regional integrated assessment methodology, and also to be on the lookout as additional results are added in the days and weeks ahead. Feedback will help to fine-tune the tool to better engage with agriculture and food security stakeholders and experts from around the world.

The tool shows how agriculture will be shaped by the interacting forces of changing climate, socioeconomic development, and adaptation. Designed with inputs from decision makers, scientists, planners, information and technology experts, and other collaborators, the AgMIP Impacts Explorer showcases key findings and messages from multiple-model integrated assessments of agricultural systems in several locations of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Users of the AgMIP Impacts Explorer can navigate among three levels of presentation depending on their interest and expertise:

1) A summary of findings accessible to many audiences;

2) An interactive spatial dashboard presenting results in the context of climate, growing region, population, market access, and other map views of interest to audiences with specific regional or technical interests; and

3) A data explorer that allows technical or expert users to analyze model outputs across regions, crops, models, climate scenarios, adaptations, and socioeconomic developmental pathways.

The AgMIP Impacts Explorer provides both quantitative and qualitative inputs to inform agricultural system policy planning and investment decisions. It also provides material for communications, education, and research that considers how evolving climate, technology, labor, markets, and other factors affect the resilience of agricultural systems now and in the future.

The tool features results from a new method for assessing the resilience of farming systems. In addition to estimating changes in crop yield, the method considers other factors such as how price changes affect net farm returns and poverty, and how the outcomes are distributed across the modeled population. It shows the percentage of the population that is likely to benefit by adoption of adaptation packages, and motivates exploration of additional measures to address shortfalls that may also occur. It can test how local or national actions will address planning goals, including for the most resource-constrained farmers, and can provide evidence for investing in transformative actions where goals are not met.

The AgMIP Impacts Explorer is designed to be an expandable platform for sharing quantitative and qualitative information about agricultural systems. This includes learning from coordinated global, national, regional, and local assessments of climate change impact on agriculture and food security. It provides a harmonized view that considers local innovation as well as global markets.

Results featured in the AgMIP Impacts Explorer will be open to the public and scientific community. The goal is to facilitate science-based decision-making and to further investigations into how future changes in agriculture will affect stakeholders and natural systems.

The new visualization tool is being launched in two continents on December 12, 2017. The online tool will debut at the AgMIP Town Hall to be held at 1800 at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, and also at the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) Annual Forum in Rome.

The AgMIP Impacts Explorer is possible with guidance and support from the Department for International Development UKaid. Partners at Wageningen University (NL) developed the tool with scientific outputs and coordination led by the Columbia University Center for Climate System Research (USA) in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and more than 30 additional national and international partners.

View the AgMIP Impacts Explorer at (http://agmip-ie.alterra.wur.nl). A walkthrough guide is available here.

Have any questions or would like to provide feedback? Contact Drs. C Rosenzweig, A Ruane, or C Mutter at: info@agmip.org.