Start Date: Mar 01, 2012
End Date: Mar 31, 2013
The three-year project will provide the necessary integrated, transdisciplinary framework to assess climate impacts on the agricultural sector and will build capacity for continuing agricultural assessment and management in developing countries under changing climate conditions. AgMIP implementation will be led by ARS, Columbia University and University of Florida scientists. Research activities, implemented through an agreement with Columbia University, will be led through the coordination of four project teams: 1) Crop Modeling (led by University of Florida; and CSIRO, Australia) 2) Economics (led by Oregon State University; and IFPRI) 3) Climate Scenarios (led by Columbia University/NASA GISS) 4) Information Technologies (led by University of Florida; and Wageningen Univeristy, Netherlands). Each project team will have U.S. and international co-leads, and coordinates AgMIP participation from both developed and developing country research institutions to ensure that project activities are conducted with consistent protocols. USDA-ARS scientists are playing key roles in the development and conduct of research as members of each of the project teams. The teams will hold regular teleconferences to facilitate communication among participants and provide a mechanism for regular updates and oversight, enabling the teams to identify and address any problems that may occur. The teams will also help to organize and participate in annual AgMIP meetings. Visits to AgMIP participating field sites will also be conducted by one or more team members. This will also provide additional support to GEOSHARE implemented by Perdue University.