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New information for agrometeorologists

Última modificación 26/09/2008 09:27

Under "New information for agrometeorologists" we mention relevant new web sites (before they become only routine links), data bases, software, CDs, trends, issues and other information in agrometeorology [Send items for inclusion to the Web Editor.]

Food management vital to tackle drought — Última modificación 08/06/2015 15:22
The Hindu. New Delhi, 6 June 2015
Man-made nitrogen could cause damage worth $441 billion — Última modificación 03/06/2015 10:13
When reactive nitrogen from human activities leaks into the environment, it causes damage – many studies document the effect on human health, on ecology and on the environment. There are inevitably costs associated with mitigating this damage or putting it right, for example losses incurred by a fishing industry affected by eutrophication of water, or costs involved in the number of hospital visits due to respiratory illnesses. In the first study of its kind, researchers in the US have quantified these costs of anthropogenic nitrogen on a national scale by combining nitrogen-loading data with economic data for the US.
Cropland/pastureland dynamics and the slowdown of deforestation in Latin America — Última modificación 29/05/2015 09:01
Environmental Research Letters Volume 10 Number 3. Cropland/pastureland dynamics and the slowdown of deforestation in Latin America. OPEN ACCESS. Jordan Graesser, T Mitchell Aide, H Ricardo Grau and Navin Ramankutty
Loss of rainfall satellites will hamper flood management — Última modificación 29/05/2015 08:58
Currently, there are 10 satellites dedicated to monitoring rainfall, but soon this number is likely to fall: four satellites have already passed their design life and others will follow soon. As yet, there are no plans for replacement. The resulting loss of data will have serious consequences for flood management, according to a new study.
World food system has grown more vulnerable — Última modificación 29/05/2015 08:56
Walk along the aisle of an average supermarket and it soon becomes evident how much of our food is imported: Canadian flour, rice from Pakistan, olive oil from Greece, oranges from Spain, green beans from Kenya, and the list goes on. In Britain, 40% of the food consumed is imported. In theory, this diverse food supply chain should make the nation less vulnerable – if the banana harvest fails in the West Indies then inhabitants can still rely on bananas coming from Ecuador, Columbia and Costa Rica. But sometimes this complex food network makes people more vulnerable, as new research shows.
Scientists discover why flowers bloom earlier in a warming climate — Última modificación 29/05/2015 08:53
Scientists at the John Innes Centre have discovered why the first buds of spring come increasingly earlier as the climate changes.
Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation dominates Chinese drought — Última modificación 22/05/2015 07:18
For many years, China's climate patterns have been linked to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), a pattern of warming and cooling that shifts phases every 20 to 30 years. This pattern is so well established that many modelling tools are based on the assumption that the PDO is the dominant influence on China's climate; the influence of the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) has received less attention.
Agricultural insecticides pose a global risk to surface water bodies — Última modificación 20/05/2015 07:49
Streams within approx. 40% of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides. These were the results from the first global map to be modelled on insecticide runoff to surface waters, which has just been published in the journal Environmental Pollution by researchers from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Koblenz-Landau together with the University of Milan, Aarhus University and Aachen University. According to the publication, particularly streams in the Mediterranean, the USA, Central America and Southeast Asia are at risk.
How model and input uncertainty impact maize yield simulations in West Africa — Última modificación 18/05/2015 08:23
Environmental Research Letters Volume 10 Number 2. How model and input uncertainty impact maize yield simulations in West Africa. Katharina Waha, Neil Huth, Peter Carberry and Enli Wang
Termites can help prevent desertification — Última modificación 18/05/2015 08:21
Termites can keep desertification at bay by adding nutrients and helping water infiltrate soil. But the vegetation patterns that result can confuse scientists by resembling those formed just before an ecosystem collapses.
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