ASA Symposium – Perspectives on Climate Effects on Agriculture: The International Efforts of AgMIP
Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Shari Lifson
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). (more…)
Day 3 of the 4th Annual AgMIP Global Workshop – Regional and Global Assessments of Food Security
Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 7:58 pm by Shari Lifson
Yvan Biot from the UK Department for International Development virtually addresses workshop participants.
The final day of the 4th Annual AgMIP Global Workshop began with morning plenary highlighting coordinating regional and global assessments of food security. Cynthia Rosenzweig presented plans for the AgMIP global program including a proposed future structure. Yvan Biot from the UK Department for International Development joined virtually to speak about evidence‐based policymaking and Stan Wood from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation discussed understanding future agricultural development: adaptation and sustainable intensification. (more…)
Day 2 of the 4th Annual AgMIP Global Workshop
Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 6:15 pm by Shari Lifson
Molly Jahn and Jim Jones at Speed Session on complementary global and regional programs.
The goals of the second day of the AgMIP Global Workshop were to identify approaches for next-generation models, data, and decision support systems needed for climate change impacts and adaptation assessments and sustainable intensification, and to lay the groundwork for improvement of coordinated regional and global assessments. (more…)
Day 1 at the 4th Annual AgMIP Global Workshop
Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 10:24 pm by Shari Lifson
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. (more…)
Climate Change Highlights from AgMIP SSA Coordination
Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 5:36 pm by Shari Lifson
By Job Kihara
Climate change on pests & diseases
The inclusion of pest and diseases in modeling is getting into AgMIP’s mainstream research. Many crop modeling initiatives do not normally account for effects of pest and diseases leave alone focus on this in the context of climate change. The existing though scanty information indicates that as global warming progresses, latitudinal (and altitudinal) shifts of crop pests are expected depending on the species (Bebber et al. 2013). (more…)
Abstracts for 4th Annual AgMIP Global Workshop Poster Program
Posted on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 6:00 pm by Shari Lifson
The members of the AgMIP community are assembling this week in New York for our 4th Annual Global Workshop October 28 – 30. A highlight of the meeting will be a poster session being held Monday night at Columbia University where over 60 posters will be displayed.
The abstracts for those posters are now available for download here. They cover a wide range of subjects including regional integrated assessments, crop modeling, extreme events, global gridded models, climate impacts, data, and much more. These posters represent the broad range of activities that the AgMIP community has been investigating and provide grounding for creative thinking to come.
New Version of Regional Integrated Assessments Handbook
Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 8:48 pm by Shari Lifson
A newly released version of the AgMIP Regional Integrated Assessments Handbook is now available as a pdf. This new version (5.0) is intended to be more generic so that the methods can be applied to any region globally. It also has a number of modifications to the methods and to the description of methods based on what was learned from the use and evaluation of the Handbook version 4.2.
Timothy Carter highlights AgMIP Wheat Team study in Nature Climate Change
Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 9:01 pm by Shari Lifson
Timothy Carter, in his contribution to the September issue of Nature Climate Change, explores the potential of multiple model intercomparisons leading to more reliable projections of future crop yields under the impact of climate change. Carter highlights the work of the AgMIP Wheat Team which has put this theory to the test in a study published in the June 2013 issue of Nature Climate Change, “Uncertainty in simulating wheat yields under climate change”, Asseng et, al. The study he notes, “breaks new ground in discriminating between the uncertainties ascribed to crop models and those due to ensemble climate model projections,” adding that this source of uncertainty has been largely missing from IPCC studies to date.
Access the article on the Nature Climate Change site here.
Nature Outlook Article on Agricultural Modelling features AgMIP Researchers
Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 3:05 pm by Shari Lifson
“Farmers would benefit from better long-range weather forecasts. What else can science provide to help them decide what to plant?” asks Neil Savage in the recently released article in Nature Outlook, “Modelling: Predictive yield”. The article examines factors affecting uncertainty in agricultural systems modelling as well as current efforts to improve the models.
Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 5:31 pm by Shari Lifson
4th Annual AgMIP Global Workshop focuses community on the future of agricultural assessments.
How can present-day farmers plan for an uncertain future? Rainfall, temperature, farming systems, and economic interactions are likely to be different in coming decades. Government planners would like to establish practices and policies to help guide the farmers into the future, but it is not always clear how to do so with the information currently available to them.
AgMIP's mission is to improve substantially the characterization of world food security as affected by climate variability and change, and to enhance adaptation capacity in both developing and developed countries.
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AgMIP was founded by the US Department of Agriculture. AgMIP gratefully acknowledges major support from the UK Department for International Development UKaid in partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
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