Signed on February 12, 2014 (more
Agreement between AgMIP and MACSUR on modes of collaboration
The global challenge of food security for a growing world population requires the
collaboration of scientists on this issue taking advantage of synergies,
AgMIP coordinates a global program of inter-comparisons, improvements and
assessments of agricultural system modeling,
FACCE MACSUR is a scientific partner in the AgMIP global program with expert
capacity to advance specific topics and methodologies that are crucial to MACSUR
FACCE MACSUR complies with the standards of conducts and principles of AgMIP
within the constraints of FACCE JPI for agreed contributions to AgMIP,
FACCE MACSUR and AgMIP leverage existing resources to advance current shared
research priorities, and will jointly seek additional funding to advance emerging
collaborative research priorities.
With this agreement, the Agricultural Model lntercomparison and Improvement Project
(AgMIP) and the FACCE JPI knowledge hub FACCE MACSUR (Modelling Climate Change with
Agriculture for Food Security) commit their intent to collaborate in current and emerging
research areas, as elaborated below.
AgMIP is a major international effort linking the climate, crop, and economic modeling
communities with cutting-edge information technology to produce improved crop and
economic models and the next generation of climate impact projections for the
agricultural sector. Its 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.
FACCE MACSUR develops a European capability in the development, use and interpretation
of models to perform climate risk assessments regarding the impacts and adaptation of
European agriculture to climate change and variability. The project focuses on the
technical and informational integration of suitable existing models and applying them
together with stakeholders in regional case studies that reflect the European diversity in
soil, climate, socio-economy and agricultural systems.
The Principal Investigators of AgMIP and the Coordinators of FACCE MACSUR affirm that:
Current shared research priorities include:
Advancing scaling methods
Developing methods for probabilistic assessment of climate change impacts and
Assessment of adaptation measures in integrated regional assessments
Integrated regional assessments at sub-national level across diverse environments
Representative Agricultural Pathways
Data translators and other IT tools
Emerging shared research priorities include:
Livestock and Grassland models and inter-comparisons,
Developing and evaluating farm Level and (sub- )national economic modelling
(lntercomparison and improvement, cross-cutting as in MACSUR regional pilots),
Improving crop rotation models (e.g., intercomparison and improvement as in
ROTATION EFFECTS study/CropM-WP1 ),
Improving modelling of impacts of adverse and extreme agroclimatic events across
Europe (e.g., EXTREMES study/CropM-WP2/WP4),
Stakeholder involvement in integrated regional assessments,
Training of integrative modelers.
Collaboration means the intent of each party to:
- Use mutually agreed-upon AgMIP Protocols to conduct integrated climate change
impact and adaptation assessments in joint activities (procedures and common
protocols will be outlined in separate documents).
- Abide by policies established by governing bodies of each party.
- Give permission for each party to use the other’s logo, web resources, and products
resulting from joint activities or outcomes.
- Commitment of each party to acknowledge the other party in reference to
collaborative activities, events, outputs, or outcomes.
- Commitment to engage the other party in scientific meetings relating to current
and emerging areas or priority research.
Both AgMIP Principal Investigators and FACCE MACSUR Coordinators will keep each other
informed of activities and opportunities for joint research in regular, about quarterly
teleconferences and meetings (potentially with other AgMIP partners), exchange of
The principal contact address for FACCE MACSUR is email@example.com (Banse, Tiffin,
The principal contact address for AgMIP is firstname.lastname@example.org (Rosenzweig, Jones,
Hatfield, Antle, Mutter).
Signed for AgMIP by Cynthia Rosenzweig, James Jones, Jerry Hatfield and John Antle
Signed for MACSUR by Martin Banse and Richard Tiffin