Now Available: Impacts Explorer walk-through video

Demonstration video now provides walk-through for how to view product

Visualized results from the Spatial Dashboard displaying impacts in Nioro, Sengal: Projected warmer conditions could impact agricultural production, with declines in maize yield and increases in peanut yield. Uncertain changes in rainfall have a potentially large impact on the magnitude of these changes.

A walk-through video is now available to provide a new way to learn about the Impacts Explorer tool. The video demonstrates and explains the key elements of the visualization tool and how to navigate and use the 3 level outputs. The video was developed to give a detailed walk-through that can increase the understanding of how and what to use the tool for.

The Impacts Explorer is built on stakeholder assessment and was created to bridge the gap between research outputs and easily accessible information. The goal is to create easy access to real time and future projections of risk and vulnerabilities in the agricultural sector plus implications of food security. This allows a wide variety of audiences to be able to explore farming systems vulnerability and adaptation in a changing world.

The stakeholder engagement made it possible to fully understand what was needed to fill the existing gap and the Impacts Explorer was developed to fulfill the needs expressed by the stakeholders. The tool is suitable for users with different areas of interest as well as levels of expertise due to its 3 level output that includes Regional Summaries, Spatial Dashboard and Data Exploration. The Impacts Explorer will be one of several tools discussed at the AgMIP7 global workshop in San José, Costa Rica, April 24-26, 2018.

The creation of AgMIP Impacts Explorer is a collaboration of scientists and staff at Columbia University/GISS, Oregon State University, the University of Florida, and Wageningen University. The tool co-design and function was implemented by Wageningen Environmental Research. Results feature the work of the AgMIP Regional Research Teams in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The project was funded by the UKAid and the input from stakeholders throughout the process has been and is still very much appreciated.

The Impacts Explorer is built on years of research and AgMIP7 is a great opportunity for feedback and evaluation to ensure that the stakeholder’s needs have been met and to engage new users. As the intent is to continue to integrate data and key messages that are decision oriented, the stakeholder feedback is critical to ensure that expressed needs are being accounted for.

A continued integration of data and key messages will further bridge the gap between research outputs and easily accessible information. To enhance the quality of the Impacts Explorer, future users and stakeholders will be interviewed to give feedback on the current version. At the AgMIP7 global conference, stakeholder feedback from the Latin American community among others will be integrated for the first time and the tool will be on display with a booth for new users to engage and provide feedback.

Want to be involved and provide feedback? Contact Drs. C Rosenzweig, A Ruane or C Mutter at: and A Evengaard at:

View the AgMIP Impacts Explorer at

A walk-through pdf of the AgMIP Impacts Explorer is also available here.

Fruit and Vegetable Session for AgMIP7

Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Fruit and Vegetable Crops

By Dave Gustafson and Senthold Asseng

Underway research on fruit and vegetable supply chains includes exploring strategies and land use change resulting from the potential relocation (arrows) of certain crops from California to production regions in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and Southeast (SE).

Motivated by integrated, collaborative approaches for ensuring a nutritious, reliable, affordable, and environmentally-sound food supply, the AgMIP7 Global Workshop will include a session examining methods for modeling climate change impacts on fruits and vegetable crops. Interested session participants are requested to submit abstracts by February 28, 2018.

The session builds on underway work of a project entitled Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains co-led by Dr. Dave Gustafson (representing the ILSI Foundation) and Dr. Senthold Asseng (University of Florida), with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The project team also includes scientists, extension specialists, practitioners and students from the International Food Policy Research Institute, University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, Washington State University, and World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services.

Abstract Submissions open for AgMIP7


Oral abstract submissions are due March 10, 2018. Ensure your abstract is considered by submitting today!

Submit your abstract for the upcoming 7th AgMIP Global Workshop by February 28!

AgMIP7 will be an exciting event with presentations of ground breaking research in many areas of agricultural systems modeling both globally and regionally.

Submit your abstract on the planned session topics using the online abstract submission form.

Economics Teams to host joint meeting


The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) Global Economics Team and Regional Economics Team will be co-hosting a joint conference March 8-9, 2018, to discuss frameworks to link biophysical and socioeconomic models and data at local to global scales. Motivated by AgMIP’s Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments (CGRA) research pillar, this conference will advance the collaboration and coordination between global and regional economics studies to ultimately improve AgMIP research outcomes.

The two-day workshop will be hosted by the European Commission Joint Research Centre. More information on the event can be found on the workshop website here. (more…)

Global Crop Loss Conference Synthesis and Executive Summary
Improving the Quantification of Pests, Disease, and Weeds Impact on Crops
Contributed by Serge Savary and Carolyn Mutter
Rice leaf with symptoms of brown spot (India), one of the main global rice diseases. Photo: S. Savary

An international conference on global crop losses recently convened to assess how plant diseases, pests, and weeds negatively affect crop health, crop performances, ecosystems and society. The conference was motivated by the fact that the negative impacts are well recognized, but their quantification is still fragmented or incomplete.

The Global Crop Loss Conference, held in mid-October in Paris, France, was organized by INRA, the French National Agricultural Research Institute, with inputs from 80 colleagues including contributions from INRA, CIRAD (Centre for International Development), MACSUR (Modeling Climate Change with Agriculture for Food Security), AgMIP (Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project), and others.

Targeting Climate Solutions for Vulnerable Farmers

Regional Integrated Assessment Findings presented at Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture

By: Sabine Homann-Kee Tui and Jenna Behrendt

walkthru5The Impacts Explorer is now available. Access the walkthrough here for help in navigating the tool Impacts Explorer

“Catalysing local innovations and action to accelerate scaling up of Climate Smart Agriculture,” the focal theme of the 4th Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture (GSC-CSA), encouraged scientists, stakeholders, and policy makers from around the world to share concepts, methods, approaches and lessons towards the implementation of and practical advancement for Climate Smart Agriculture based on the “triple win” goals of food security, adaptation and mitigation.

Methods to sharing agricultural knowledge

At GACSA Annual Forum, AgMIP presents innovative platform for sharing solutions-oriented information

FIGURE 1 | Carolyn Mutter Presents the AgMIP Impacts Explorer during the Annual Forum; credit Giuseppe Carotenuto ©FAO
The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) hosted its Annual Forum in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters 12 – 14 December 2017. This year, the conference focused on the scaling up and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The three-day event brought together over 200 participants from around the globe to share and strategize efforts to achieve the goals of obtaining CSA.

As a co-facilitator of the GACSA Knowledge Action Group, the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) participated in a session entitled, “CSA: Solutions at the interface between knowledge and implementation.” The session included presentations from several members of the GACSA community and highlighted innovative approaches to Climate-Smart Agriculture. Presentations focused on solutions-oriented knowledge, showing how the added value of CSA can strongly modify farming practices.

Improving Crop Model Use in Risk Assessment

By: Jenna Behrendt

PHOTO 1 | How crop-climate modelling studies should calculate both impacts and adaptation.

Improving the use of crop models for risk assessment and climate change adaptation, published in the Agricultural Systems Special Issue Volume 155, shares best practices and expert established criteria for crop model use in assessing climate impacts, adaptation and risk. These criteria were created by lead author Andrew J. Challinor and his research team, and shared with other authors in the special issue for feedback.

AgMIP IMPACTS EXPLORER Launches on two Continents



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.

AgMIP Participation at AGU 2017

AGU FAll 2017
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will bring together members of the global Earth and space science community for a week at its Fall 2017 Meeting on Dec. 11-15, 2017, in New Orleans, LA. Research from the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) is being featured in several sessions.