INSAM Topics (and recent updates in it)
Under "Agromet Market Place", started April 2003, you can bring up issues in agrometeorology for public discussion and scrutinizing. We once started with two short stories on the "Scope of agricultural meteorology" and the "Importance of Agricultural Meteorology", but many issues followed since. Please contribute with comments on these or any other issues you deem important. Have a look at what we put under that heading so far!
Under “Online weather and climate information for agrometeorologists” we very recently started to give you access to NASA material that you might want to study and use.
The “”Hands on” Training for Response Farming” collection speaks for itself. If you have items for inclusion, send them to the president.
Under “Selected Bibliography”, since 2006 the Web Editor is collecting important recent publications in agrometeorology to assist you in staying informed in your fields of work.
Under "Agrometeorological Societies & Committees" we list such organizations, wherever they function, with contact persons and addresses. [Send proposals for entries to the Web Editor.]
Under "Working Groups in operation" we give information on Working Groups in Agrometeorology or related subjects, their actual subjects, their (short) history and their contact person(s) (and contact language), that are functioning anywhere in the world. [Send items for inclusion to the Web Editor.]
Under "Accounts of Operational Agrometeorology" 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.]
Under "Needs for agrometeorological solutions to farming problems" we have discussions on problems for which operational solutions with agrometeorological components are highly required, but not yet or incompletely available, or available but not applied. Here pre-publication information may be exchanged and experiences swapped on possible services, research, training/extension and policies related to food security, on-farm and market related. [Discuss items for this section with the president.]
Under "History of Agrometeorology" we publish short accounts of the history of agrometeorology in countries, organizations (such as NMHSs), institutes (research as well as education), journals etc.. This may also be life and work of important agrometeorologists, history of important inventions/ instruments/equations/courses etc. in agrometeorology. [Discuss items for this section with the president.]
Under "Journals with agrometeorological components" we list scientific journals that publish papers on aspects of agrometeorology. [Send proposals for inclusion, with a description of agrometeorological components of these journals, to the president.]
Assisted by valuable searching of agrometeorologists from the countries concerned we have collected under “National periodicals of interest to agrometeorologists” valuable information on periodicals that will also appear in 2009 in an Appendix of the WMO/CAgM Guide to Agricultural Meteorological Practices (GAMP). [Additions for countries not yet occurring may be sent to the Web Editor.]
“Books in Agrometeorology” wants to signal new book publications, with or without a review or abstract of the contents. [Send items for inclusion to the Web Editor.]
Under “Draft 3rd Ed. GAMP (2007)” you find the double peer reviewed draft version of the WMO/CAgM Guide to Agricultural Meteorological Practices as produced between 2003 and 2007 by a large number (181) of contributors and reviewers under its Editor-in-Chief Kees Stigter.
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.]
“Environment and Sustainability” is a recently opened topic that widens again our outlook.
“Software Tools useful in Agrometeorology” introduces you to helpful software available to agrometeorologists.
Under “All India crop situation” we supply on a weekly basis the advanced agrometeorological advisories information that is given for the whole of the country by the Indian Meteorological Department in Pune. Other countries may want to follow this example. [Send items for inclusion to the Web Editor.]
The “INSAM homepage texts from 2004 onwards” (also in Spanish and some in Farsi) reproduce the home pages that were written since 2004 by the president.
Under “Suggestions for further subjects in agrometeorology” that should have a section on this Web site, we want to list suggestions from members for discussion on their inclusion. The discussions could include priority setting in the development of agrometeorological services supporting action, agrometeorological action support systems on mitigating impacts of disasters, and their overall support systems (data, research, education/training/extension, policies) [Send proposals to the president.]
Under "Translation" ("Spanish translations") certain topics now also occur in Spanish (click on "Spanish"), largely provided by Dr. Roger E. Rivero Vega (Cuba). Ismabel Dominguez Hurtado (Cuba) also participates with a team. Other people may want to do this for other languages. [Please contact the president.]
All the recent updates
- Volcanoes contribute to recent warming 'hiatus' — Last modified March 07, 2014 12:51
- Volcanic eruptions in the early part of the 21st century have cooled the planet, according to a study led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This cooling partly offset the warming produced by greenhouse gases.
- Crop yields have ‘largely kept pace with population expansion’ — Last modified March 07, 2014 12:00
- As the world’s population has grown, considerable efforts have gone into boosting crop yields to try and feed these rising numbers. But what if crop yields had not increased in the last 50 years? How much more land would we have needed to grow crops?
- Bhaskar Save, the Gandhi of Natural Farming — Last modified February 25, 2014 09:28
- Sage of a minimalist farming system based on non-violence and all of nature’s biodiversity that produces in abundance with no chemical input Bharat Mansata.
- Announcement: Global Soil Dataset Released for Earth System Modeling — Last modified February 20, 2014 08:59
- The Land Atmosphere Interaction Group at Beijing Normal University announces the release of the Global Soil Dataset Released for Earth System Modeling.
- Global warming 'pause' due to unusual trade winds in Pacific ocean, study finds — Last modified February 20, 2014 08:57
- The contentious "pause" in global warming over the past decade is largely due to unusually strong trade winds in the Pacific ocean that have buried surface heat deep underwater, new research has found.
- Dry times in the Amazon add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere — Last modified February 18, 2014 13:45
- As the climate changes, the Amazon Basin may release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than it absorbs, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.
- New maps highlight habitat corridors in the tropics — Last modified February 18, 2014 13:44
- A team of Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists created maps of habitat corridors connecting protected areas in the tropics to incorporate biodiversity co-benefits into climate change mitigation strategies. Drs. Patrick Jantz, Scott Goetz, and Nadine Laporte describe their findings in an article entitled, “Carbon stock corridors to mitigate climate change and promote biodiversity in the tropics,” available online in the journal Nature Climate Change on January 26.
- UM research shows converting land to agriculture reduces carbon uptake — Last modified February 18, 2014 13:43
- University of Montana researchers examined the impact that converting natural land to cropland has on global vegetation growth, as measured by satellite-derived net primary production, or NPP. They found that measures of terrestrial vegetation growth actually decrease with agricultural conversion, which has important implications for terrestrial carbon storage.
- Kenyan local climate fund's success heralds expansion to 29% of nation — Last modified January 30, 2014 13:38
- A pilot project to support adaptation to climate change at the local level in Kenya's Isiolo County has been such a success that it is being replicated in four more counties, to cover a combined 29 per cent of the nation. The move is significant as it shows how county governments could access global climate finance, which is set to rise to US$100 billion a year by 2020.
- Announcement: Soil moisture data now available at TAMU — Last modified January 24, 2014 11:26
- The North American Soil moisture Database (NASMD) is an NSF-funded observational soil moisture database that contains data from networks across Canada, Mexico and the United States