BioEarth Webinar Series
Reporting on 5 years of climate impacts & nutrient dynamics research in the Northwest US
Please join us for the second webinar of this series, in which Washington State University’s BioEarth research team members will share their findings related to regional natural resources and agricultural systems in a changing climate.
Projected Climate Change Impacts for PNW Croplands and Rangelands
January 10, 2017 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern
Keyvan Malek, School of Biological Sciences, WSU
“Climate change, irrigation efficiency and water availability for agriculture”
As climate changes, droughts are projected to become more severe and more frequent. Farmers are expected to adjust their management practices (e.g. investment on more-efficient irrigation systems) to reduce the negative consequences of droughts. In this webinar, Keyvan will introduce a modeling platform to simulate farmers’ responses to climate change and investigate how different scenarios of climate change, crop type and initial irrigation system affect investment decisions.
Julian Reyes, School of Biological Sciences, WSU
“Rangeland management considerations under future climate change”
Julian will describe the current state of process-based modeling in rangeland ecosystems including a discussion on what models are, why they’re useful, and how they can be improved for decision-makers. Specifically, Julian will detail the Regional Hydro-ecological Simulation System (RHESSYs) model and what improvements he has made to simulate grasses. As part of Julian’s dissertation, he will also explain how this can be used to inform rangeland management.
Click here to sign up for other webinars in this four-part series and for details about the BioEarth Integrated Agricultural Scenarios Workshop to be held on February 16, 2017 in TriCities, WA.
To learn more about the BioEarth team and our modeling approach follow this link.