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
- Climate scientists tackle ‘unfinished business’ — Last modified March 02, 2015 07:56
- The so-called “global warming hiatus” since 1998, which has seen global mean surface temperatures fail to match the rise projected by most climate models, has attracted attention from both climate scientists and climate sceptics alike. Now, scientists from Germany and the UK have investigated why the models haven’t replicated real life over this timeframe.
- Are legumes better than fertiliser in developing countries? — Last modified March 02, 2015 07:53
- Many developing parts of the world – including China, India and Pakistan, as well as much of Central America and North Africa – can’t expect greater agricultural yields from increased nitrogen fertilization without a "disproportionate" cost to the environment. That’s the conclusion of researchers in France and Italy, who say that nitrogen fixation by legumes can be much more efficient on large scales.
- Understanding urban agriculture — Last modified March 02, 2015 07:51
- Food production is not just a rural activity – large amounts of crops are grown in urban or peri-urban (city outskirt) environments. But measuring the extent of these croplands is a challenge.
- UF/IFAS study: Wheat yield to decline as temperatures increase — Last modified March 02, 2015 07:50
- For every degree Celsius that the temperature increases, the world stands to lose 6 percent of its wheat crop, according to a new global study led by a University of Florida scientist. That's one fourth of the annual global wheat trade, which reached 147 million tons in 2013.
- Small volcanic eruptions are key to warming hiatus — Last modified March 02, 2015 07:49
- Sulphur dioxide hurled in vast amounts from volcanoes is known to cool the atmosphere, but now scientists have identified how even small eruptions have a big effect on climate.
- International Forum Urges Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Agro-Ecology — Last modified February 26, 2015 15:03
- Speaking at the International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change, which was organized by the Government of France as the first in a series of events leading up to the December 2015 climate change conference, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), urged a “paradigm shift” in agriculture.
- Announcement: Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) Data Released through NASA GES DISC — Last modified February 26, 2015 14:18
- The Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), in coordination with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission and the Precipitation Processing System (PPS), announces the release of the _I_ntegrated _M_ulti-satellit_E_ _R_etrievals for _G_PM (IMERG) data.
- Assam tea planters plan green drive to fight climate change — Last modified February 26, 2015 14:15
- The Tribune. New Delhi, 24 February 2015
- Understanding the drought impact of El Niño on the global agricultural areas — Last modified February 11, 2015 16:38
- During El Niño episodes the normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation become disrupted and trigger extreme climate events around the globe: droughts, floods and more frequent and stronger cyclones. By Oscar Rojas (FAO)
- Announcement: NASA GES DISC Prepares for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Data from OCO-2 — Last modified February 09, 2015 08:10
- NASA GES DISC Prepares for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Data from OCO-2