Events 2013

2013

2013 AGU Fall Meeting

December 9th – December 13th, 2013
Moscone Center, San Francisco, USA

The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting more than 22,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders. At the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, AgMIP members participated in sessions on the RCP/SSP framework, improving the understanding of climate variability and change in agriculture, tropical farm adaptation, and climate change impacts on water resources and irrigated agriculture. AgMIP also held a Town Hall at the meeting.

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MARCO – AgMIP Rice Team Workshop

December 2nd – December 5th, 2013
The Monsoon Asia Agro-Environmental Research Consortium, Tsukuba, Japan

The meeting was co-sponsored by the Monsoon Asia Agro-Environmental Research Consortium (MARCO) in cooperation with the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRISP). Toshi Hasegawa was the local host. The first day (December 2) was a Symposium on “Interactions among international networks on rice agriculture and environment in the face of climate change”. December 3-5 was in workshop format, during which AgMIP rice modelers evaluated rice models against observed data from FACE CO2 studies conducted in Japan and China, and planned future papers and rice model improvement activities.

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ASA Annual Meeting: Special C x T x W Session

November 4th, 2013
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, USA

This half-day symposia included presentations on i) available experimental data for major crops, including data that focuses on responses to extreme ranges of T or W stress at elevated CO2 and ii) results of the AgMIP crop model intercomparisons against common data sets. One of the goals was to summarize the current body of knowledge regarding major agronomic crop responses to C x T x W and capabilities of models to respond appropriately to similar datasets and use this information to forge a path for both experimental and model improvement.

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ASA Annual Meeting: Special AgMIP Session

November 4th, 2013
Marriott Tampa Waterside, Tampa, USA

This session was established to provide a forum for exchange of results from different regions and cropping systems around the world. AgMIP has grown into a project which has participants from 40 countries and this session allowed these groups to share their information and results in order to develop interactions and collaborations at the global scale. One of the outcomes of this session will be the third volume in the Handbook on Climate Change which will include chapters from the presenters in this session.

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4th Annual Global Workshop

October 28th – October 30th, 2013
Columbia University, New York City, USA

The AgMIP 4th Annual Global Workshop was organized and structured to establish a shared understanding of progress to date, to enable advancement of initiatives underway, and to take on the challenge of creating a next generation of agricultural system models and decision support tools. At this workshop, the AgMIP Community addressed important and outstanding areas that are known to influence bio-physical and economic systems, and improve ways that critical investments in agriculture can be assessed in the context of a changing climate.

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East Asia Workshop

October 9th – October 11th, 2013
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

The main objectives of this workshop were to share AgMIP activities and methods, learn about work underway in East Asia, and establish specific steps for advancing an AgMIP project in East Asia.

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Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Workshop

September 24th – September 26th, 2013
University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

The overall objective of this workshop was to develop regional project objectives and a work plan based on AgMIP’s protocols and methods that would lead to project proposals for Integrated Climate Impact Assessments for each participant country. Teams from each country were represented by a transdisciplinary community of scientists with expertise in agronomy, soil sciences, climate science, agricultural economics, livestock and information technology.

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PhD Course: Modeling Climate Effects on Crops and Cropping Systems

September 23rd – September 29th, 2013
Research Centre Foulum, Tjele, Denmark

The Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, AU-Foulum held a PhD course on “Modeling Climate Effects on Crops and Cropping Systems” at the Research Centre Foulum, AU-Foulum, from 23rd to 29th September, 2013. The location was between Randers and Viborg, app. 80 km NW of Aarhus.

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AgMIP-Peru Kickoff Workshop

September 19th – September 20th, 2013
Auditorio del SENAMHI, Lima, Peru

The National Meteorology and Hydrology Service of Peru (SENAMHI) convened scientists from different AgMIP-related disciplines and institutions in Peru with the objective of starting an AgMIP-Peru team. This team will have the task of elaborating a work plan that will eventually lead to a project proposal to conduct Climate Change Integrated Assessments in Peru. This meeting served as preparation for the AgMIP Latin America and Caribbean meeting held in Campinas, Brazil on September 24-26, 2013.

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ORYZA2000 Training Program

September 2nd – September 6th, 2013
International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines

The overall goal of this training program was to familiarize participants with the basic functionalities and structure of the ORYZA2000 (V3) model, the minimum data requirement, experimental data collection for ORYZA2000 model evaluation, the calibration of parameters, and the use ORYZA2000 on participants’ own datasets.

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South Asia Mid-Term Workshop

July 22nd – July 26th, 2013
Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal

The AgMIP South Asia Mid-term Workshop brought together participants from the Regional Research Teams and Coordinating Research Team with AgMIP Leadership to demonstrate the full and accurate completion of the fast-track; ensure that each team had a clear work plan to achieve full project goals, including the engagement of technical stakeholders; work on post-fast-track integrated assessments and analyses; and, develop a plan for dissemination of AgMIP results to inform stakeholder actions.

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Sub-Saharan Africa Mid-Term Workshop

July 15th – July 19th, 2013
Zeekoegat, Pretoria, South Africa

The AgMIP Sub-Saharan Africa Mid-term Workshop brought together participants from the Regional Research Teams and Coordinating Research Team with AgMIP Leadership to demonstrate the full and accurate completion of the fast-track; ensure that each team had a clear work plan to achieve full project goals, including the engagement of technical stakeholders; work on post-fast-track integrated assessments and analyses; and, develop a plan for dissemination of AgMIP results to inform stakeholder actions.

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Wheat Pilot Workshop

June 19th – June 21st, 2013
CIMMYT, Texcoco, Mexico

The AgMIP-Wheat team met at CIMMYT, Mexico on June 19-21, 2013 to discuss results and follow up plans to test their wheat models against growth and yield responses observed in field experiments exposed to elevated temperature.

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2nd Global TOA-MD Modeling Course

June 17th – June 21st, 2013
Oregon State University, Oregon, USA

A TOA-MD modeling course was offered Spring 2013, involving self-guided learning, webinars and a workshop on June 17-21 at Oregon State University.

TOA-MD is a novel modeling approach to simulate agricultural technology adoption and to assess technology impacts, ecosystem service supply, and impacts of environmental change (including climate change). More information about TOA-MD is available at tradeoffs.oregonstate.edu, as well as information and photos from the 1st Global TOA-MD workshop held in June 2012.

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AgMIP-Pakistan Kickoff Workshop & International Seminar on Climate Change

June 4th – June 6th, 2013
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

The Workshop focused on assessing climate vulnerability and projecting crop productivity using an integrated crop and economic modeling technique. The event was being funded by the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) and held in the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan from June 4-6, 2013.

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2013 Training Program on DSSAT Version 4

May 20th – May 25th, 2013
University of Georgia – Griffin Campus, Georgia, USA

The overall goal of the workshop was to familiarize the workshop participants with the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) and the Cropping System Model (CSM) for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient, and carbon dynamics, and the application of models to real world problems, such as crop and resource management, climate change and climate variability, carbon sequestration, food security, biofuels, and environmental sustainability.

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Advancing Global Agricultural Assessments: Building the Next-Generation Global Gridded Crop Model System

May 6th – May 7th, 2013
University of Florida, Florida, USA

The kickoff meeting for the USAID project “Advancing Global Agricultural Assessments: Building the Next-Generation Global Gridded Crop Model System” was held at the University of Florida in Gainsville from May 6-7, 2013. This project seeks to develop databases and tools (especially for soils and management) for improved gridded modeling at a variety of spatial scales and extents, as well as demonstrating the potential of multi-model integrated platforms for crop yield and climate impact simulations.

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Integrating Water Scarcity into Future Agricultural Assessments

April 30th – May 1st, 2013
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, USA

This workshop brought together leading scientists in climate, hydrology, water resources management, agronomy, and economics to create strategies for integrating water supply and demand into AgMIP assessments of the agricultural sector.

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AgMIP TOA-MD Workshop – Dubai

April 29th – May 3rd, 2013
Coral Deira Dubai Hotel, Deira, UAE

The goal of the meeting was to build on the fast-track analysis and implement a complete climate impact assessment and technology adaptation analysis for at least one regional case study for each Regional Team.

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Biological Systems Simulation Group (BSSG) Conference

April 23rd – Apr 25th, 2013
Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA

The Biological Systems Simulation Group (BSSG) Conference held its 42nd annual meeting at Penn State University on April 23-25, 2013. The meeting, jointly sponsored by AgMIP, emphasized modeling crop responses to the interactive effects of carbon dioxide, temperature and water availability. The goal was to bring together modeling approaches and data from field (FACE) and growth chamber experiments to improve our understanding of the interaction of these factors in determining the growth and yield of crops. The meeting included participatory workshops intermixed with presentations from invited speakers and posters.

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APSIM Training

April 17th – Apr 18th, 2013
Eco Sciences Precinct, Brisbane, Australia

This course was aimed at providing training in the use of the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) focusing on the user interface. The course was designed for both beginners and more advanced users who had developed simulations and required specific technical assistance. It focused on individual needs, with tutors providing one-on-one assistance.

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Food Security Futures Conference

April 11th – Apr 12th, 2013
Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

The first-ever Food Security Futures conference brought together senior researchers from CGIAR and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) together with stakeholders from the private sector, national (and other) agricultural research organizations, and civil society to present their perspectives on research priorities for the 21st century. The conference—which focused on public-sector research relating to food security and nutrition, natural resources, and climate change—was timed to coincide with the Ireland-hosted EU Presidency meeting on related topics, being held the next week, also in Dublin.

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AgMIP Global Economic Modeling Group Workshop

April 9th, 2013
Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

This one-day meeting provided an opportunity for the global economic modeling group within AgMIP to review the recently completed round of comparison activity and discuss options for a next round. Stakeholders – from the private sector, other parts of the AgMIP community, civil society, modeling groups not previously involved in AgMIP, national and international agencies and funding organizations – were invited to provide insights on how the efforts of the global modeling community should be best directed to meet their needs.

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Multiple Crop Model Training Program – India

March 25th – March 29th, 2013
ICRISAT, Andhra Pradesh, India

With partial support of DFID/UKaid, ICRISAT/CCAFS, and CIMMYT/CSISA, AgMIP conducted this training course to enable researchers to utilize multiple crop models and AgMIP software tools to conduct Regional Integrated Assessments of crop production and food security. With a focus on experienced crop modelers who were advancing AgMIP Protocol-driven research in South Asia (SA) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the training expanded modelers’ knowledge base to include DSSAT or APSIM methods. Additionally, the sessions trained a small number of experienced crop modelers as Trainers capable of providing instruction and/or guidance to other researchers in SA and SSA.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: Global Science Conference

March 20th – March 22nd, 2013
University of California – Davis campus, California, USA

At the 2011 Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) in Wageningen, participants took stock of global science and best practices concerning climate smart agriculture worldwide. Participants agreed on a broad agenda for action for science and policy to strengthen food security, adaptation and mitigation (Wageningen Declaration). The 2013 Conference agenda built on that consensus focusing on three main themes: farm and food systems, landscape and regional issues, and the integrative and transformative institutional and policy aspects that will bridge across scales to link science and practice to ensure food security, poverty alleviation and multiple ecosystem services.

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Multiple Crop Model Training Program – Nepal

March 18th – March 22nd, 2013
CIMMYT, Kathmandu, Nepal

With partial support of DFID/UKaid, ICRISAT/CCAFS, and CIMMYT/CSISA, AgMIP conducted this training course to enable researchers to utilize multiple crop models and AgMIP software tools to conduct Regional Integrated Assessments of crop production and food security. With a focus on experienced crop modelers who were advancing AgMIP Protocol-driven research in South Asia (SA) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the training expanded modelers’ knowledge base to include DSSAT or APSIM methods. Additionally, the sessions trained a small number of experienced crop modelers as Trainers capable of providing instruction and/or guidance to other researchers in SA and SSA.

Additional details here.