Project achievements are published predominantly in peer-reviewed international journals, in our online journal FACCE MACSUR Reports and in other forms, e.g. books and technical reports. 

 Journal articles and book chapters     FACCE MACSUR Reports   Books and reports
 Journal articles 
acknowledging MACSUR


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 Policy briefs and position papers     Country flyers    Data


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From diversity to strategy: Livestock research for effective policy in a climate change world. (2016-04; LiveM). FACCE MACSUR Reports 8: H0.3-D1 Improved crop modelling for supporting policy design on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation — CropM in MACSUR. (2016-11; CropM). FACCE MACSUR Reports 9: H0.3-D2
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Data sets generated by MACSUR are stored at the University of Aarhus or are published in the Open Data Journal for Agricultural Research (ODjAR).



Capacity building

Presentations at conferences


Student training








Courses and Workshops

The art of crop modelling. Quantifying crop growth in face of global food security and climate effects through modelling tools Wageningen, 4-8 March 2013, Course leader: Prof. Martin van Ittersum, Wageningen University (Plant Production Systems group)

Sustainability assessment of land use scenarios: what needs to be considered and how can it be done? 23-26 March 2014. Course leaders: Dr. Katharina Helming, Dr. Hannes König, Dr. Ruslana Palatnik, Prof. Ofira Ayalon. Haifa University.

Working with dynamic crop models, based on the 2nd Edition of the book "Methods  for  Working with Dynamic Crop Models". 19-23 May 2014 at ZALF, Müncheberg.

CropM International Symposium and Workshop: Modelling climate change impacts on crop production for food security. From 2014·02·10 to 2014·02·12 (CropM). Goal:Knowledge exchange and networking Attendance: 120. Organised by MTT Finland in cooperation with the Norwegian partners. 

Global Food Security Challenges – European Research approaches: Case studies in MACSUR TradeM. From 2013·11·18 to 2013·11·20 (TradeM). Goal:Exchange of MACSUR activities, engagement of stakeholders, discussion of test cases across themes and modules Attendance: 70. Organised by ZALF (Hannes König, Katharina Helming).

Exploring new ideas for trade and agriculture model integration for assessing the impacts of climate change on food security. From 2013·03·03 to 2013·03·05 (TradeM). Goal:Review and discussion of the models involved in analyzing the effects of climate change on food security. Introducing innovative ideas that combine economic models with crops and livestock models Attendance: 100. Organised by NRERC - Natural Resource and Environmental Research Centre, University of Haifa, Israel.

FACCE-MACSUR Mid-Term Scientific Conference – 'Achievements, Activities, Advancement'. From 2014·04·01 to 2014·04·04 (Hub). Goal:Presentation of results to stakeholders, planning, capacity building, networking Attendance: 120. Organised by Thünen Institute and University of Sassari.

MACSUR Cross-Theme Workshop: Regional Pilot Studies and Scenarios. From 2013·06·05 to 2013·06·07 (Hub). Goal:Agreement on scenarios and case studies Attendance: 30. Organised by Thünen Institute.

Integrated land use modelling; held by Mathias Kirchner, Hermine Mitter, Ewin Schmid, Martin Schönhar. From 2014·04·07 to 2014·04·11 (TradeM). Goal:The module aimed at strengthening skills in advanced land use optimization modelling by integrating disciplinary concepts, data, methods and scenarios. The students shall be able to build bottom-up land use optimisation models at farm to landscape scale as well as at regional to global scale and to perform integrated impact analysis of climate change, trade, and policy on agricultural land use, production and environment. Organised by Institute for Sustainable Economic Development at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Students within and outside MACSUR, mainly TradeM, recieved training in applied programming modelling including devopment of interfaces to LiveM and CropM themes.

Sustainability assessment of land use scenarios: what needs to be considered and how can it be done? From 2014·03·23 to 2014·03·26 (TradeM). Goal: Understand formalized processes of decision making as well as decision makers needs for evidence. 2. Provide training on integrated modeling/assessments. For this purpose the Framework for Participatory Impact Assessment (FoPIA) was introduced to provide an integrated and well-established method that guides experts and/or decision makers through a policy impact assessment while emphasizing: (i) the development of scenarios, (ii) the analysis of the regional sustainability context, (iii) assessment of possible policy impacts and sustainability trade-offs. The case study dealt with the biosphere reserve of Ramat Menashe. Organised by NRERC- Natural Resource and Environmental Research Center, University of Haifa, Israel and ZALF, Germany. The participants submitted working papers with academic literature review and scientific analysis of biosphere reserve of Ramat Menashe.

Modeling climate effects on crops and cropping systems. From 2013·09·23 to 2013·09·29 (CropM). Goal:Training of PhD students. Organised by Aarhus University.

A beginners seminar on „Ecological Modelling“. From 2013·08·05 to 2013·08·08 (CropM). Goal:Training. Organised by Estonian University of Life Sciences.

Dynamic land use optimization under global change, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences; training by Uwe Schneider (Hamburg University). From 2013·03·11 to 2013·03·15 (TradeM). Goal:This course tought applied mathematical programming for the assessment of land use decisions, policies, and impacts and concentrated on the formulation and interpretation of related optimization models. Organised by Institute for Sustainable Economic Development at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Students within and outside MACSUR, mainly TradeM, recieved training in applied programming modelling including devopment of interfaces to LiveM and CropM themes.

Modelling interactions between climate and livestock pathogen transmission, Pirbright, UK. From 2014·01·22 to 2014·01·22 (LiveM). Goal:To review the state of the art in disease modelling and develop ideas for collaborative activities. Organised by LiveM, Pirbright Institute.

Joint modelling workshop LiveM - TradeM. From 2013·11·18 to 2013·11·18 (LiveM). Goal:To develop mutual understanding of interests and plan future collaborative interactions. Organised by LiveM, Aberystwyth University.

Nordic Forage Model Applications: predicting forage yield and quality in a variable and changing climate. HAMK University of Applied Sciences. From 2013·01·30 to 2013·01·31 (CropM). Goal: This seminar will enhance validation and calibration of models of forage growth, and thrive to enhance versatile utilisation of the vast existing data of forage experiments in Nordic / Baltic countries in the development and use of models to study the effect of climate change on forage production, and to evaluate strategies for adaptation. Attendance: 100. Organised by Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists.

MACSUR Kickoff Workshop. From 2012·10·15 to 2012·10·16 (Hub). Goal:Planning, networking Attendance: 140. Organised by Thünen Institute.

Workshop "Adaptation strategies of Italian agricultural systems to climate change", Cagliari, Italy in the context of Agroscenari-Macsur. From 2013·06·19 to 2013·06·19 (CropM/LiveM/TradeM). Goal: Meeting with Stakeholders including regional and national policy makers. Organised by University of Sassari.

CAPRI Graphical User Interface (GUI) training. From 2013·11·18 to 2013·11·18 (TradeM). Goal:To enable participants to extract data from the CAPRI model. Organised by WIFO.

Paljonko lisämaasta kannattaa maksaa? (How much to pay for additional farmland?). From 26.11.2013 to 26.11.2013 (TradeM). Goal:Stakeholder information Attendance: 37 participants, mostly farmers, and 4 researchers. Organised by MTT.

TradeM Workshop: Scaling in global, regional and farm models: Agriculture, food security and climate change: scaling challenges in agricultural models. 2014·09·24 (TradeM). Organised by WIFO/BOKU.

LiveM International Livestock Modelling and Research Colloqium. 2014·10·14 - 2014·10·19. Organised by Aberystwyth University, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Wageningen UR, IRTA, and NMBU.


Data visualisation

MACSUR Toolbelt