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Accounts of Operational Agrometeorology

Last modified September 26, 2008 09:25

Here we publish short accounts on successful operational applications and services in agrometeorology (public (e.g. NMHSs) and private), as well as on action support systems (data, research, policies, extension), that are suitable for further dissemination, or on publications that are holding such accounts. [Discuss items for this section with the President or the Vice-president.]

Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production — Last modified July 31, 2014 14:02
Geographers at the University of Southampton have found a link between increasing average temperatures in India and a reduction in wheat production.
Straw albedo mitigates extreme heat — Last modified July 22, 2014 13:36
Wheat fields are often tilled immediately after the crop is harvested, removing the light-coloured stubble and crop residues from the soil surface and bringing dark bare earth to the top. Post-harvest tilling is a widely practised and common management technique in Europe.
Crops might be hotter than weather stations show — Last modified June 23, 2014 14:20
Picture the scene: it is a glorious sunny day and you are looking out across a rolling field of green wheat, the emerged heads nodding in the gentle breeze and the ears of wheat swollen and ready to flower. It sounds perfect, but in fact that wheat could well be struggling. New research shows that many crops could suffer from heat stress in cooler conditions than previously assumed.
FESA Micro-insurance: Crop insurance reaching every farmer in Africa — Last modified June 19, 2014 09:28
Early 2014 I published with Dr. Emmanuel Ofori (Ghana) a triptych review with the title “What climate change means for farmers in Africa”. This appeared in the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), that is successfully published from Nairobi since 2000 (so we were the opening papers in Nr. 1 of Vol. 14).
Central Valley sees big drop in wintertime fog needed by fruit and nut crops — Last modified June 11, 2014 09:17
California's winter tule fog – hated by drivers, but needed by fruit and nut trees – has declined dramatically over the past three decades, raising a red flag for the state's multibillion dollar agricultural industry, according to researchers at UC Berkeley.
Impact of heat stress on crop yield-on the importance of considering canopy temperature — Last modified May 16, 2014 08:00
Stefan Siebert et al 2014 Environ. Res. Lett. 9 044012 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/4/044012.
More, bigger wildfires burning western U.S., study shows — Last modified May 13, 2014 20:42
Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research.
Olive production: you win some, you lose some — Last modified April 16, 2014 08:36
Climate change is likely to alter how species interact as well as the individual species themselves. With that in mind, a team from Italy and the US has modelled how a temperature rise of 1.8°C will affect olive plants and the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae) around the Mediterranean Basin, which produces 97% of the world's supply of olive oil.
Cutting down just a few trees affects climate — Last modified April 14, 2014 08:55
Chopping down vast swathes of forest is known to have an effect on climate, but what is the impact of cutting down a handful of trees? A new study shows that even small-scale land clearance – a few hectares or less – causes a noticeable change in local temperature.
Family Farming and Agrometeorological Extension in Cuba — Last modified April 02, 2014 13:00
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