Description
         The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, in collaboration with the AGRHYMET Regional Center, Niger, is organizing a "Workshop on Climate Applications for Food Security" to be held from September 28 to October 2, 2015 in Niamey, Niger.
 
          Sahel countries are highly vulnerable to climate change and strongly dependent on rainfed agriculture and livestock. This area of the world is subject to strong rainfall variability, desertification and recurrent droughts; consequently, achieving food security is an ongoing challenge. 
 
         This interdisciplinary workshop aims to bring together international researchers and Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) member states national services staff working in the area of climate modelling, crop modelling, and related fields.  Focus will be on state-of-the-art techniques for using climate information for impact studies in crop modelling and will cover the following topics:
 
         -    Introduction to dynamical seasonal prediction systems 
         -    Climate data sources and the IRI data library 
         -    Crop modelling background and principles 
         -    Laboratory sessions with SARRAH and LEAP crop models  
 
                               The one-week programme will feature lectures in the mornings and laboratory classes in the afternoons.   All lectures and training sessions will be held in the English language and proficiency in English is a requirement for selection.  Applicants are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster session to be held during the activity and demonstrate a research interest in the topic of crop and climate modelling in the Sahel.  Limited funds are available to support the attendance of junior scientists from the continent of Africa.  There is no registration fee for the workshop.
Go to day
  • Monday, 28 September 2015
    • 09:00 - 20:00
      Location: AGRHYMET Regional Center
      • 09:00 Opening and Welcome from AGRHYMET 15'
        Speaker: Ibrah Seidou Sanda (Agrhymet, Niamey, Niger)
      • 09:15 Italy - Niger 15'
        Speaker: Paolo Giglio (Vice Consul Honoraire d'Italie)
      • 09:30 Welcome from ICTP 15'
        Speaker: Adrian Tompkins (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
      • 09:45 Coffee break 45'
      • 10:30 Workshop Objectives 30'
        Speakers: Ibrah Seidou Sanda (AGRHYMET), Seyni Salack (IMK), Mouhamed Ly (AGRHYMET)
      • 11:00 Climate Applications for Food Security: Opportunities to use climate information on different time scales to manage risks and plan for the future 45'
        Speaker: Andrew W. Robertson (IRI)
      • 11:45 Numerical weather prediction and climate model uncertainty 45'
        Speaker: Adrian Tompkins (ICTP)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0'
      • 14:30 Introduction to the IRI data library 45'
        Speaker: Andrew W. Robertson (IRI)
      • 15:15 An introduction to analysis and reanalysis climate data 45'
        Speaker: Adrian Tompkins (ICTP)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Retrieving ERA Interim and Manipulating net cdf data files using CDO, NCVIEW, NCDUMP 1h30'
        Speaker: Adrian Tompkins (ICTP)
      • 18:00 Ice Breaker 1h0'
  • Tuesday, 29 September 2015
    • 09:00 - 18:00
      • 09:00 Observations in Africa: AGRHYMET database 45'
        Speakers: Ibrah Seidou Sanda (AGRHYMET), Mouhamed Ly (AGRHYMET)
      • 09:45 The PRESAO process in West Africa 45'
        Speaker: Tinni Halidou Seydou (CRA)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 IRI El-Nino Briefing 45'
        Speaker: Andrew W. Robertson (IRI)
      • 11:45 Crop Modeling concepts and principles 45'
        Speaker: Seyni Salack (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, IMK, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0'
      • 14:30 IRI Data Library Exrecise: Correlating Sea Surface Temperatures with Sahel Rainfall 45'
        Speaker: Andrew W. Robertson (IRI)
      • 15:15 The AGRHYMET Data Library 45'
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 R logistics & data handling 45'
        Speaker: Mouhamed Ly (AGRHYMET Regional Center, Niamey, Niger)
      • 17:15 Discussion: formation of working groups (PWG) and determination of problem to be addressed 45'
  • Wednesday, 30 September 2015
    • 09:00 - 18:00
      • 09:00 Uncertainties in impact assessments 45'
        Speaker: Seyni Salack (IMK)
      • 09:45 Introduction to DSSAT 45'
        Speaker: Seyni Salack (IMK)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Introduction to the workgroup challenges 45'
        Speaker: Seyni Salack (IMK)
      • 11:45 DSSAT Lab 45'
        Speaker: Seyni Salack (IMK)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0'
      • 14:30 Crop Model output Analyses using R 1h30'
        Speakers: Mouhamed Ly (AGRHYMET), Seyni Salack (IMK)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Participant posters 45'
  • Thursday, 1 October 2015
    • 09:00 - 20:00
      • 09:00 EWS for farming 1h30'
        Speaker: Seyni Salack (IMK)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Participants working groups 1h30'
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0'
      • 14:30 R logistics in EWS 45'
        Speaker: Mouhamed Ly (AGRHYMET)
      • 15:15 Participants working groups 45'
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Participants working groups 1h30'
      • 18:00 Workshop Dinner 2h0'
  • Friday, 2 October 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30
      • 09:00 Participants working group presentations 1h30'
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Participants working group presentations 1h30'
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0'
      • 14:30 General Q&A Session 45'
      • 15:15 Workshop Evaluation 45'
      • 16:00 Closing ceremony 30'