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
- UNFPA programme to help turn climate information into action — Last modified October 02, 2014 10:59
- Dispatch. 24 September 2014
- AGRICULTURE - Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture - Action Plan — Last modified October 02, 2014 10:54
- Initiative Title: The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture
- Rising water efficiency yields more crop per drop for China, finds new report — Last modified October 02, 2014 10:50
- Despite China's many environmental woes, a new report suggests that the country has made impressive progress in using less water to grow more food for its 1.35 billion inhabitants.
- Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution? — Last modified October 02, 2014 10:49
- From the most parched areas of Saudi Arabia to water-scarce areas of the western U.S., the idea of harvesting fog for water is catching on. Now, a novel approach to this process could help meet affected communities' needs for the life-essential resource. Scientists describe their new, highly efficient fog collector, inspired by a shorebird's beak, in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
- 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.
- Carbon dioxide concentration surges — Last modified October 01, 2014 09:38
- The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change.
- 'White revolution' to 'white pollution' - agricultural plastic film mulch in China — Last modified October 01, 2014 09:37
- Volume 9 Number 9 . E K Liu et al 2014 Environ. Res. Lett. 9 091001 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/9/091001
- Climate change and storm tracks: a tale of two hemispheres — Last modified October 01, 2014 09:36
- Last winter the UK saw exceptional rainfall and flooding, with the wettest December to January period since 1910 and parts of southern England receiving more than 200% of their average monthly rainfall. According to the UK Met Office, the clustering and persistence of the storms that swept in from the Atlantic was highly unusual, carried in on an exceptionally fast and strong jet stream. So is this the kind of winter the UK should come to expect? A new study in Environmental Research Letters (ERL) tries to glimpse the storms of the future.
- Clarifying anti-reflexivity: conservative opposition to impact science and scientific evidence — Last modified October 01, 2014 09:35
- McCright et al. extend current research on conservatives' distrust of science by distinguishing between public trust in production versus impact scientists, says Riley Dunlap.
- Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? — Last modified September 30, 2014 09:30
- Guest Article #110 (IISD Reporting Service). Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? Posted on: Wednesday, 17 September 2014, by: William Dar, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics