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MACSUR Modelling Course: Model oriented field experiments for climate change impact assessment

10-13 November 2014, Florence, Italy
organised by Marco Bindi, U Florence, and John R Porter, U Copenhagen

The goal of the course is to allow PhD and other students to develop a crop simulation model from basic processes such as phenology, leaf area development, dry matter production and the responses of processes to environmental factors. The course also includes lectures on topics such as the latest IPCC report (Bindi and Porter are authors of this report), ongoing networks and activities related to crop modelling in Europe. The students will be required to write a report on their work, the course will be worth 5 ECTS.

TradeM International Workshop

Economics of integrated assessment approaches
for agriculture and the food sector

25-27 November 2014, Hurdal (near Oslo), Norway

Climate change, food security, and agricultural production interact in complex ways. A major challenge for scientists is to understand and assess the biological, economic, and ecological interdependencies in the context of climate change and food security. More and better knowledge is necessary to aid politicians, stakeholders and farmers in their decisions.

The event has four major goals:

  • to critically discuss the state-of-the-art and future perspectives of integrated assessment approaches
  • to study and assess examples of applied modelling approaches integrating crop, livestock, and economic models
  • to foster international collaboration in the research areas of food security, climate change, and agrosystem modelling
  • to plan and identify next steps to achieve TradeM contributions to MACSUR goals

Keynote-speaker: John Antle (Oregon State University), and co-leader of the Economics Team of AgMIP

Abstracts and reports now available:

International Livestock Modelling and Research Colloquium

14-16 October 2014, Bilbao, Spain

MACSUR Overview

The Knowledge Hub FACCE MACSUR brings together the excellence of research in modelling grasslands, livestock, crops, farms, and agricultural trade in order to illustrate to political decision makers how climate will affect regional farming systems and food production in Europe. To achieve this goal, MACSUR engages in a range of activities, including methodological comparisons of models and use of their outputs (scaling, uncertainty), linking of complementary models from different sectors, involvement of stakeholders, training of young scientists, and establishing a community of practice across a broad range of scientific disciplines. The three-year project started in June 2012. 

FACCE MACSUR is organized as a Knowledge Hub, a new financial and organizational instrument. The novelty of MACSUR lies in the in-kind contributions of 7 million euros which, in addition to the 7 million euros of new money, contribute to facilitating the convergence of already funded and ongoing research, as well as funding new research. The project includes more than 70 institutions from 18 countries. Activities are funded by national agencies, with the amount of funds and the regulation of their use governed at the national level.

Achievements so far

Expected additional achievements by the end of the project (May 2015)

  • Carrying forward of existing activities to their target.
  • Involvement of decision-makers and stakeholders in regional case studies and in Europe-wide scenario development and capacity building events.
  • Additional manuscripts published or submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Development of strategies for applying model-linking strategies in other case studies.

Regional case studies

The purpose of regional case studies is a simultaneous and interlinked development of a common conceptual framework and actual models and model links to assist policy makers and actors in the agri-food chain in identifying effective and efficient adaptation and mitigation measures and potential consequence scenarios, e.g. impact on food yield, quality, nutritive value, disease load etc. in perceived hotspots of climate impacts. The studies are geared to ansower the question "what would be the different contributions of different European adaptation strategies to global food security until 2050 at different scales (farm to EU) while keeping the GHG targets?"


Map showing the location of regional pilot studiesThree case studies in Northern Savo (Finland), Mostviertel (Austria), and Oristano (Sardinia, Italy) have been selected as showcase pilot studies to represent the farming systems in northern, central and southern Europe. The case studies expand existing case studies. For compatibility with international research networks AgMIP and ISIMIP the Regional Pilot Studies will apply the new Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (especially SSP2 "continuation" but also SSP3 "fragmentation") in conjunction with the Representative CO2 Concentration Pathway of 8.5 W/m2 (most similar to the SRES A2 emission scenario of the IPCC reports).

More details: 

icon-weblink FACCE MACSUR integrated Regional Pilot Studies, Workshop results

icon-weblink Descriptions of regional case studies

Further Information

 icon-weblink General information on the FACCE MACSUR Knowledge Hub.

 icon-weblink The MACSUR Mid-term meeting, April 2014