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WMO - CNR-IBIMET : Seasonal Forecasts for Agriculture in the Mediterranean. 22-26 September 2014

Course Description

The purpose of this week-long course is to build capacities for the application of climate seasonal forecasts for water and crop management, with a special focus on the Mediterranean crop production systems.

Climatic variability and related risks are affecting crop production with impacts rising particularly for smallholders farming systems. Since late 90’s seasonal forecasts experienced a growing role, despite the large uncertainties still present. Precipitation and temperature anomalies knowledge, available a few months early, could be useful for technical services and organizations on managing water resources, crop calendars and varieties to be used. At the same time, methods and scientific results are still underexploited and not easily accessible and comprehensible for potential users.

According with the Global Framework for Climate Services, the course addresses the need to develop mechanisms for delivery of climate services for the agricultural community and for enabling risk mitigation strategies at various levels and identifying research and transfer demand by end users. The training course wish to contribute in the strengthening of existing regional networks for the application of seasonal forecast (MedCOF, PRESANORD, SEECOF) in agriculture.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Through the course, participants acquired theoretical and practical knowledge on current approaches to use and apply seasonal forecast products on the Mediterranean Region, with particular emphasis on:

  • Available products and existing networks (PRESANORD, MedCOF, SEECOF)
  • Downscaling methods in seasonal forecasting
  • Management of seasonal forecasts uncertainty
  • Seasonal forecast use in crop and irrigation management


Course Content

  • Current methods for seasonal forecasting,
  • Downscaling of seasonal forecasts,
  • Applications of seasonal forecast for water and crop management.


Course Format

Lectures, group discussions, case studies.

Course Programme