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Focus Area (OPCAME) 2: Science and Technology for Agricultural Meteorology

Focus Area 2 will emphasize development and application of science and technology to provide high quality products, resources and services and develop effective linkages between agricultural meteorological service providers and relevant users of these agrometeorological science, technology, products, resources and services

Focus Area 2 activities during the intersessional period 2014–2018 should work towards achieving the following outputs:

(a) Guidelines on developing agricultural meteorological bulletins;

(b) Guidance material on integrating national agricultural meteorological networks into the
meteorological service networks;

(c) Report and recommendations to CAgM on a review of existing practices on the integration of in-situ observations and remote sensing measurements;

(d) Guidance material for CAgM based on a review of existing practices using GIS to integrate weather, climate, agricultural and related data to support agricultural meteorological products and models;

(e) Guidance material for CAgM based on a review of existing practices on the use of voice
and text services with mobile communications devices for weather and climate applications
for agriculture;

(f) Creation of a proposed Joint CAgM-CCl Expert Team on Phenology in collaboration with
CCl, including possible collaboration with the ISB Phenology Commission;

(g) Guidance material on the use of national volunteer observation networks and the use of simple standard raingauges in these networks;

(h) Report and recommendations to CAgM based on a review of the current measuring
techniques and instrumentation needed in order to quantify the components of the water
and carbon budgets within and outside the growing season with a focus on flux
measurements and electronic acquisition of ancillary measurements (e.g. soil and air
temperature, solar radiation, soil moisture, leaf wetness, CO2 flux, and evapotranspiration);

(i) Best practice guidance for agricultural meteorological decision support systems;

(j) Advice on the Next Phase WAMIS developments based on a review of progress;

(k) Provision of expertise and guidance to the various WIGOS and WIS groups on matters
related to agricultural meteorology;

(l) Report on the accessibility of climate data to farmers, using existing tools, especially at
scales needed for their decisions and to analyse alternative management and land use
options;

(m) Guidance material on weather and climate information for assisting the agricultural
community in applying water harvesting techniques.

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