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Last modified September 26, 2008 08:27

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.]

Emitters and their grandchildren will benefit from greenhouse-gas cuts — Last modified December 09, 2014 10:00
Contrary to popular belief, it takes just 10 years for the maximum greenhouse warming from a particular emission of carbon dioxide to take hold. As a result, a carbon emitter who cuts down or stops their output could benefit themselves rather than helping only their grandchildren.
IU biologists collaborate to refine climate change modeling tools — Last modified December 04, 2014 11:44
A new climate change modeling tool developed by scientists at Indiana University, Princeton University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration finds that carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere owing to greater plant growth from rising CO2 levels will be partially offset by changes in the activity of soil microbes that derive their energy from plant root growth.
Does it help conservation to put a price on nature? — Last modified November 08, 2014 16:55
Putting a price on the services which a particular ecosystem provides may encourage the adoption of greener policies, but it may come at the price of biodiversity conservation. Writing today (30 October) in the journal Science, Professor Bill Adams of the University's Department of Geography argues that assigning a quantitative value to nature does not automatically lead to the conservation of biodiversity, and may in fact contribute to species loss and conflict.
50 year trends in nitrogen use efficiency of world cropping systems: the relationship between yield and nitrogen input to cropland — Last modified November 03, 2014 16:44
Luis Lassaletta1, Gilles Billen1,2, Bruna Grizzetti3, Juliette Anglade1 and Josette Garnier1,2. 1 Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), UMR 7619 Metis, 4 place Jussieu, F-75005 Paris, France 2 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), UMR 7619 Metis, 4 place Jussieu, F-75005 Paris, France 3 European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), via E. Fermi 2749, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity — Last modified October 28, 2014 09:15
International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. 20-24 October 2014. Final Declaration
Automated imaging system looks underground to help improve crops — Last modified October 24, 2014 12:29
Plant scientists are working to improve important food crops such as rice, maize, and beans to meet the food needs of a growing world population. However, boosting crop output will require improving more than what can be seen of these plants above the ground. Root systems are essential to gathering water and nutrients, but understanding what's happening in these unseen parts of the plants has until now depended mostly on lab studies and subjective field measurements.
More land, fewer harvests — Last modified October 03, 2014 09:39
According to a simulation of the impact of climate change on agricultural production over the course of the 21st century, carried out by researchers led by Professor Wolfram Mauser at LMU's Department of Geography, some two-thirds of all land potentially suitable for agricultural use is already under cultivation.
Biochar alters water flow to improve sand and clay — Last modified October 03, 2014 09:37
As more gardeners and farmers add ground charcoal, or biochar, to soil to both boost crop yields and counter global climate change, a new study by researchers at Rice University and Colorado College could help settle the debate about one of biochar's biggest benefits – the seemingly contradictory ability to make clay soils drain faster and sandy soils drain slower.
Droughts help forecast wildfire activity months in advance — Last modified October 02, 2014 10:48
Heightened wildfire activity in southern Europe can be forecast months in advance by monitoring the extent of droughts, researchers in Switzerland and Portugal have shown. The ability could help forest managers for the region prepare better as today’s forecasts for forest fires typically range from days to weeks into the future.
Climate-smart agriculture requires three-pronged global research agenda — Last modified September 29, 2014 13:43
Faced with climate change and diminishing opportunities to expand productive agricultural acreage, the world needs to invest in a global research agenda addressing farm and food systems, landscape and regional issues and institutional and policy matters if it is to meet the growing worldwide demand for food, fiber and fuel, suggests an international team of researchers.
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