Applied Agrometeorology by Kees Stigter (auth.), Kees Stigter (eds.)

By Kees Stigter (auth.), Kees Stigter (eds.)

This compendium first stories nearby operational functions of agrometeorology within the kind of case reports of agrometeorological providers and data. those companies arrange farmers of alternative source of revenue degrees for severe climate and weather occasions and for using climate and weather “windows of chance” lower than stipulations of a altering weather. to that end huge fields of software are coated comparable to vegetation (monocropping and a number of cropping, for which facets of soils, pests, illnesses, water, fertilizers and labour are mentioned, in as far as they have interaction with agrometeorological factors), forestry, agroforestry, farm animals, and fisheries. those fields are handled in a manner that the contents shape the bedrock fabric for institution, development, extension and updating of agrometeorological companies and knowledge below those altering stipulations. Operational supportive tools are eventually reviewed and exemplified via case stories in their functions within the above pointed out fields, in methods concerning real challenge fixing in agricultural creation. This compendium additionally desires to create a renaissance within the instructing (that is education/training/ extension) of utilized agrometeorology in any respect degrees, towards the livelihood of farmers and different growers.

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It teaches us that conservatives can not ignore such ideas, says Heilbroner, without serious consequences. This sounds very familiar. One may wonder whether a hundred years later we should not try to learn from this in the present situation of our agricultural and wider environment. It is true that we have just witnessed the undercurrent of applied science 14 K. Stigter regarding warnings for global warming and climate change becoming almost mainstream, but as to the preparedness for radical social changes there is hardly a beginning.

Capacity building in education geared to local needs and conditions can occur in this context without being an imitation of what we do at home. Those getting educated this way learn to work under their future conditions and with a focus on solving local problems that urgently need attention. This may include periods in western countries to become familiar with methodologies, more extensive literature and interdisciplinary approaches. That is indeed “science for development”. Any other approach is bringing what was developed for and under our conditions to situations for which they weren’t developed and in which they can easily do more harm than good.

For developing risk management strategies, the same approach with respect to historical information, trends and outlooks was chosen for the proposed syllabi. The systematic and standardized data collection applies here, in line with Sect. 1 to (i) weather and climate related risks in agriculture, (ii) case studies I Introductory Part 19 of weather and climate related risk quantifications, (iii) weather and climate related risk assessments in agricultural production, (iv) case studies of farm applications of risk information products and (v) coping strategies with weather and climate related risks in agricultural production.

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