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Last modified September 26, 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.]

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.
New study charts the global invasion of crop pests — Last modified September 29, 2014 10:32
Many of the world's most important crop-producing countries will be fully saturated with pests by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a new study led by the University of Exeter.
Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean — Last modified September 29, 2014 10:17
Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth's surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community.
Understanding changes in precipitation — Last modified July 31, 2014 13:57
As the world warms up, we can expect an increase in global precipitation. But many climate models don’t show such an increase by the end of the 20th century. To understand this conflict, researchers from the Met Office, UK, have gone back to basics.
A win-win-win solution for biofuel, climate, and biodiversity — Last modified July 22, 2014 13:37
Fossil fuel emissions release billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, which is changing the climate and threatening the sustainability of life on planet Earth. In Brazil, the demand for alternative energy sources has led to an increase in biofuel crops.
Report finds successful efforts to reduce deforestation — Last modified June 26, 2014 08:27
Efforts reduce climate change emissions without obstructing commodities boom.
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