Model Applications in Field Research Community
The Model Application in Field Research Community is an ASA Community within the Climatology and Modeling Section.
To evaluate and develop optimum agricultural systems and management practices for long-term economic and environmental sustainability under a changing climate, the agricultural research needs quantitative system approaches to quantify limited experimental data and extend results to multiple years of weather, and different soils and climates. The process models of the systems provide this approach. Therefore, models of cropping systems need to be integrated with field research. The models will enhance understanding of the complex interactions in the field data, enable quantification and extension of the results to other conditions, allow exploration and evaluation of new crops, management and adaptation practices, and thus help develop optimal sustainable systems. Model tests on good data will help fill the knowledge gaps to improve the models. Integrating models with field research is the only way to improve system models. Well calibrated and evaluated models can then be used to develop simpler decision tools to guide planning and management by producers. Thus, this integration will advance both science and technology in agriculture. The proposed community will promote and enhance applications of models in field research to achieve the above goals and build improved and easier to use next-generation models.
This community promotes the application of cropping or range system models in field research to help evaluate and develop optimum agricultural systems and management to achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability under a changing climate. The model applications to a variety of good data will also help knowledge gaps to improve the models and advance science, as well as decision support technolgy.