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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

Farming is driving force in drying soil in Northern China — Last modified November 26, 2015 09:38
An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data.
Focus on extreme events and the carbon cycle — Last modified November 26, 2015 09:07
This content has been downloaded from IOPscience. 2015 Environ. Res. Lett. 10 070201. (
Atmospheric changes boost temperature extremes — Last modified November 26, 2015 09:01
In 2010, a heatwave in Russia caused around 55,000 premature deaths, while seven years ealier, extreme high temperatures in Europe led to roughly 70,000 fatalities. Now, a team from the US has assessed how much changes in atmospheric circulation, as opposed to greenhouse-gas concentrations, have contributed to such extreme temperature trends.
One century of climate change equates to 300 years of land-use change — Last modified November 25, 2015 09:55
Humans are having a huge impact on the ecosystems of our planet, either directly – by land-use change – or indirectly, through climate change. Researchers in Germany have found that the area of Earth's ecosystems exposed to at least moderate climate-change impacts in just one century is comparable in size to all of the land transformed by human societies for cropping and pastures.
NEWS WEB Climatology Data Set Version 1.0 Released by NASA GES DISC — Last modified November 09, 2015 09:44
NEWS WEB Climatology Data Set Version 1.0 Released by NASA GES DISC
Announcement: Release of the Community Intercomparison Suite & User Workshop at the University of Oxford (UK) — Last modified November 05, 2015 11:28
We are pleased to announce the release of the Community Intercomparison Suite (CIS). CIS is an open source command-line tool for the easy collocation, visualization, analysis, and intercomparison of many diverse gridded and ungridded datasets used in earth system science.
Greenery to Citizens! -- Urban Agriculture in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture — Last modified November 02, 2015 09:13
The city of Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture is an ordinance-designated city with a population of 3.7 million. The city has a lot of sightseeing spots such as Chinatown and Minato Mirai district, which has many commercial facilities. As it takes only about 30 minutes by train from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station, the city also plays a role as a bedroom suburb of Tokyo.
Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests — Last modified October 21, 2015 09:10
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have found that drought and heat-induced tree mortality is accelerating in many forest biomes as a consequence of a warming climate in their paper "Darcy's law predicts widespread forest mortality under climate warming," published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Weather-Based Index Insurance by Japanese Insurer Approved by BCtA — Last modified October 20, 2015 15:44
Corporate / CSR. October 16, 2015. Source: Japan for Sustainability.
Announcement: The new interactive Monash Simple Climate Model — Last modified October 09, 2015 09:00
The Monash Simple Climate Model (MSCM) allows students and the general public to explore the physical simulation of the climate system with a real global climate model.
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