Modelling the impact of extreme climatic events in agriculture

The workshop presented new solutions to model the impact of extreme events, and strategies for their effective implementation. The event included:
– Lectures on identification of extreme events, statistical and process-based approaches to improve prediction of crop yields, and their implementation into reusable software units
– Round table discussion on how the outcomes from the project can support science and policy-making

Description of the workshop (topics and goals)

Extreme weather events such as drought and heat waves events endanger food security. A contemporary challenge is to examine if, how and to which extent modelling practices as currently undertaken in most real situations, can effectively support the issue of food security, with a policy-making orientation. European agricultural policy-makers (e.g. European Commission Joint Research Centre and the Directorate General Agriculture) make use of crop modelling tools to support agricultural policies. One of these tools is the multi-model platform BioMA (http://bioma.jrc.ec.europa.eu). There is a need to better take into account the impact of extreme events. This can be done by improving existing crop modelling capabilities via libraries of process models into generically usable software units. Based on the advancements of the EU-FP7 project MODEXTREME (MODelling vegetation response to EXTREMe Events, http://modextreme.org), the workshop presented new solutions to model the impact of extreme events, and strategies for their effective implementation.
The workshop focused on identification of extreme events, statistical and process-based approaches to improve prediction of crop yields, and their implementation into modelling solutions. The workshop provided participants with opportunities to discuss and explore emerging modelling approaches to the impact of extreme weather events in agriculture with fellow students, researchers, and practitioners from agricultural business, policy and academia.
The goals of the workshop were to present ideas, foster research community and identify open issues and/or explore directions for future research and policy implementation. As such, it also offered a good opportunity for researchers to present their work and to obtain feedback from an interested community in an interactive fashion. Presentations on emerging topics were offered (to set the agenda, reflect on modellers’ experience and linking to policy support), mainly based on the experience and background of the organizers in the domain. Active interactions were welcomed from and among participants as well as controversial and stimulating discussions.

Further details on Modextreme website>>

Place and time
Thursday September 10 - 9am to 4pm
INRA / Montpellier SupAgro Campus La Gaillarde - Auditorium 208

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Contact:
Gianni Bellocchi, INRA, Clermont-Ferrand (gianni.bellocchi@clermont.inra.fr)
Léa Tourneur, INRA-Transfert, Paris (Lea.Tourneur@paris.inra.fr)