Aims of this course are - to describe the terms of climate change and analyse the basic climatic parameters - to provide a solid approach of climate change impacts on agriculture - to present the fundamentals principles of crop modelling - to use case studies to simulate climate change and crop modelling
After the completion of this course, attendees will be able to: - to recognise the different models, pathways and scenarios used in climate modelling - to define the basic climatic parameters affecting crop productivity - to use and demonstrate a crop model - to evaluate the magnitude of climate change impact on agriculture - to design basic adaptation strategies
The course will be based on three sessions. The first will introduce the attendees to the basic terms and meanings of weather, climate and climate change. Also, the development of climate modelling and the meaning of global and regional analysis will be presented. The participants will become familiar with downscaling climate parameters for specific locations using relative software, in few words to simulate future climate conditions. The second session will describe the principles of agroclimatology. How the abiotic factors affect crop's physiology, the characteristics of climatic variability and the impacts on agriculture. The third session will present the fundamentals of crop modelling, the adjustments and parameterisation of data information to ensure a reliable crop growth simulation. All session will be supported with short labs and demonstrations.
The component is delivered through synchronous lectures, group discussions, and exercise demonstrations.
The coursework consists of oral presentations, videos and demonstration exercises. The final assessment will be based on a set of 10 questions.