New tools for agro-meteorology and biophysical modelling
On the occasion of the 4th Crop Growth Monitoring Systems (CGMS) expert meeting, held in Ispra last week, the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) has released tools for agro-meteorology and biophysical modelling, including modelling solutions for biotic and abiotic (living and non-living) simulation of damage on plants and of other aspects relevant to agricultural production. Several reusable software components have also been released.
The tools are considered as a starting point for a series of new developments in the framework of the MARS crop-yield forecasting system and extend current crop-growth monitoring system capabilities, allowing:
- the addition and testing of new modelling solutions in a simplified way;
- easier maintenance of the system via component-oriented programming;
- greater transparency of the modelling solutions;
- enhanced cooperation with third parties, accessibility to modelling systems and, equally important, of a reusable and growing set of model/tool components.
Practical examples of how the software can be exploited are to be found in the presentations given at the workshop (see AGRI4CAST tools). Extensive documentation is available both for modellers and for IT developers. The software itself is available upon request.