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MODEXTREME Second Science Workshop

November 3, 2015 @ 14:00 - 18:00

The second Science Workshop of MODEXTREME, “Modelling the impacts of extreme climatic events on agrifood systems”, was hosted by FAO (FAO Headquarters/Austria Room), in the frame of the second Annual MODEXTREME Meeting.

Contact: Hideki Kanamaru, (Hideki.Kanamaru@fao.org); Migena Cumani (Migena.Cumani@fao.org)

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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioMA). 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 improved process-based approaches to predict yields from agricultural production systems (arable crops, grasslands and trees), and their implementation into modelling solutions. FAO officers from agricultural business, policy and academia were invited to attend the workshop, which provided participants with opportunities to discuss and explore emerging modelling approaches to the impact of extreme weather events in agriculture.

The goals of the workshop were to foster research community and identify open issues and/or explore directions for future research and policy implementation in Europe and outside Europe. As such, it also offered a good opportunity for European and non-European MODEXTREME partners to present their work and to obtain feedback from an interested community in an interactive fashion. Presentations on emerging topics were offered (related to modellers’ experience and linking to stakeholder dialogue and policy support).

Agenda of the workshop

14.00  Address to participants

Dominique Burgeon, Hideki Kanamaru – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome (Italy)

14.15 Presentation of the workshop

Gianni Bellocchi – French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

14.30 BioMA platform applications

Marcello Donatelli – Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics, Bologna (Italy)

15.00 Climatic scenarios for extreme events

Ole Christensen – Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen (Denmark)

15.30 Assessment of modelling solutions in agricultural systems worldwide

EU-FP7 MODEXTREME WP4 partners (Argentina, Brazil, China, France [Abstract], Italy(Florence) [Abstract], Italy(Foggia), Italy(Milan) [Abstract], South Africa [Abstract], Switzerland, Ukraine [Abstract], Spain [Abstract])

17.00 Yield forecasts at EU level

Roberto Confalonieri – University of Milan (Italy)

17.30 Discussion and close-up of the workshop

Gianni Bellocchi – French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

18.00 End of workshop


November 3, 2015
14:00 - 18:00
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