Assessing impact from extreme weather on agriculture and Irish farm resilience
“As a changing climate will possibly be more variable and extreme, it is timely that we develop a better understanding of the impacts on agriculture and farm performance associated with extreme weather events and seasonal trends. Historically agro-meteorology has looked at climate and regional land-use, with less research on farm management and profitably. However, extreme weather events significantly affect farm productivity and profitability as well as influencing future management decisions. In order to increase farm resilience to extreme weather in Europe it is important to better understand the link between farm performance and weather events using Ireland as a case study.
This inter-institutional PhD project will analyse how weather influences farm performance. The project will draw on the new 30 year climate means generated by Met Éireann and a newly geo-referenced long-term farm survey by Teagasc to link farm performance to weather events. Questions on regional differences in coping with weather shocks will be examined. Inter- and intra-annual performance of grassland enterprises will be modelled in the context of local weather with the aim of producing quarterly forecast of agricultural performance. The project will contribute to advancing current agro-meteorological support tools provided by Met Éireann to include a benchmarking tool for Irish farming systems.”
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