Call for nominations – Austin Bourke Bronze Medal

Call for nominations – Austin Bourke Bronze Medal
The Irish Joint Working Group on Applied Agricultural Meteorology (AGMET) is pleased to invite nominations for the award of The Austin Bourke Bronze Medal for a recent significant contribution to agrometeorology, applied environmental meteorology, biometeorology or a related discipline. Closing date for nominations is 12:00pm, Friday 4th August 2017. Download the application details. Eligibi...
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WMO and FAO strengthen cooperation on climate change, drought

WMO and FAO strengthen cooperation on climate change, drought
' The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Meteorological Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation to respond to climate variability and climate change, which, according to the agreement, "represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies, natural ecosystems and food security. ' * Source WMO news ' Through their ...
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Positive outlook for winter crops

Positive outlook for winter crops
The European Commission MARS (Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS) programme publish regular bulletins commenting on observed and forecast crop growth. In the May 2017 publication it suggests that there is a positive outlook for winter crops across Ireland and the UK. “Winter crops are generally faring well, despite a pronounced rain deficit. Overall the yield outlook is positive, but more rai...
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Nematodirus Risk Advisory 2017

Nematodirus Risk Advisory 2017
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine advises farmers in relation to the predicted risk of infection in livestock based on the advice received from the Nematodirus Advisory Group. Source: DAFM - Press Release, April 2017 About the disease "Nematodirosis is a severe disease of lambs six to twelve weeks of age, which become infected through ingesting large numbers of infective ...
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Met Éireann to release MÉRA climate reanalysis for Ireland

Met Éireann to release MÉRA climate reanalysis for Ireland
This May Met Éireann will be launching its ‘MÉRA’ climate reanalysis dataset. This 35 year meteorological gridded dataset will have many potential applications within the Irish Agrometeorology community "Climate reanalysis is a systematic approach used to produce meteorological datasets for climate monitoring and research. They are created using a fixed version of a forecast model and a data...
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PhD Opportunity – Characterise agro-environmental zones

PhD Opportunity – Characterise agro-environmental zones
Using a surface energy balance approach to characterise agro-environmental zones in Ireland in support of on-farm decision making Background "Farming, particularly pastoral farming, involves the management of biological processes within a specific ecological and weather environment to generate income which in turn is also a function of the costs of inputs used on farm and prices for the outputs ...
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Warm January

Warm January
Relatively warm temperatures across Ireland in January saw many flowers arrive uncharacteristically early. However we were not the only ones feeling the warmth. Globally January 2017 has been confirmed as the third hottest January on record, with the majority of North America and Siberia experiencing a very warm month. See who has been feeling the heat on the NASA website. This follows 2016 whi...
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Agricultural Meteorology Conference Session (EMS 2017)

Agricultural Meteorology Conference Session (EMS 2017)
The European Meteorological Society (EMS) annual conference is coming to Ireland this September. The European Conference for Applied Meteorology and Climatology will run from the 4th – 8th September 2017 in Dublin. This conference typically attracts over 600 people each year from all related sectors. This year there is a dedicated session on Agricultural Meteorology. Attendance, as well as the ...
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Advanced Workshop on Climate Change and Agriculture

Advanced Workshop on Climate Change and Agriculture
Shefayim, Israel, 14th– 24th May 2017 The Israel Meteorological Service has provided training at a post-graduate level since 1967.  Several thousands of participants from all over the world, mainly from developing countries, have taken advantage of lessons learnt to study the application of meteorology to various aspects of economic activity. Since Israel was successful with developing agric...
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Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Agriculture

Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Agriculture
A Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Agriculture and Forest Sector is being developed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). A public consultation process is ongoing and DAFM are inviting written submissions. [Update: submission deadline has now passed]. Submissions received will help to inform the completion of this sectoral plan in the coming months. For further ...
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