Sri Lanka

Modeling the impacts of a variable and changing climate on rice and sugarcane agricultural systems in Sri Lanka

A diverse team of climate, crop, economic and IT experts are modeling the impacts of a variable and changing climate on rice and sugarcane agricultural systems in Sri Lanka (Fig.). The AgMIP Regional Project will assess the impact of climate change on rice and sugarcane production utilizing theAgMIP Protocols. The project aims to reduce uncertainty in climate change impacts and adaptation options.

The AgMIP Sri Lanka Project is led by Dr. L. Zubair, Principal Scientist at Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology (FECT), Sri Lanka, with co-leadership by Dr. S.P. Nissanka of University of Peradeniya. Additional investigators would include Drs. W.M.W. Weerakoon and B.V.R. Punyawardhene from the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka; Dr. A.P. Keerthipala, Ms. B.D. Sandya Ariyawansa, Mr. K. Sanmuganathan, and Mr. A.L.C. DeSilva from the Sugarcane Research Institute; Dr.N. Fernando, Mr. S. Ratnayake, Mr.M.Weerasekera, and Ms. Z.Yahiya of FECT; Professor K.D.N.Weerasinghe from University of Ruhuna; Professor P. Wickramagamage and Dr. W. Athukorale from University of Peradeniya; Dr. W.C.P. Egodawatta and Mr. J. Gunarathna from Rajarata University; and, Ms. R. Bandara of Sabragamuwa University.

Anticipated beneficial outcomes of the project include: (i) advancement of stateof- the-art modeling of the impacts of a variable and changing climate on agriculture and food security at multiple scales to inform policy-making and resource management; (ii) harnessing of high quality data resources and expertise in Sri Lanka to contribute to global efforts to characterize the impacts of a variable and changing climate on agriculture; (iii) development of expertise, infrastructure, data and IT resources for climate, crop and economic modeling in the partner universities, departments and research institutes and; (iv) establishment of a multi-disciplinary network of collaborators in the fields of climate, crops and economics who will foster transdisciplinary research, with special attention given to the fostering of the next generation of scientists with training programs and access to project resources and outputs.