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Monday, December 24, 2007 at 10:33 AM
Guillermo Podestá (gpodesta@rsmas.miami.edu),
Telephone: +1.305.421.4142,
Miami, FL
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Major funding for this project is provided by the United States' National Science Foundation, Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program, under projects "Understanding and Modeling the Scope for Adaptive Management in Agroecosystems in the Pampas in Response to Interannual and Decadal Climate Variability and Other Risk Factors" (grant BCS-0410348) and "Interactions between changing climate and technological innovations in agricultural decision-making: implications for land use and sustainability of production systems" (grant 0709681).
Additional support is provided by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Programs Office through its Human Dimensions of Climate Program.
DISCLAIMER. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this site are those of project participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US National Science Foundation.
December 2007:
Federico Bert defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Buenos Aires' School of Agronomy. The thesis explored opportunities and impediments for the use of climate information in agricultural production systems of the Pampas.

November 2007:
Severalproject investigators from the U.S. visit Buenos Aires to collaborate with Argentine colleagues and conduct outreach efforts.

October 2007:
A second stage of this project has started on 1 October 2007 with new funding from the United States' National Science Foundation Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH). The new project retains a focus on agricultural production as a complex adaptive system, but shifts emphasis from interannual to decadal climate variability.

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This site provides information about a research project to understand and model the dynamic interactions of natural and human components in agricultural ecosystems
The focus is on agricultural production systems in the Pampas of central-eastern Argentina. The Pampas are one of the major cereal and oilseed production areas of the world. The region shows marked interannual and inter-decadal climate signals.

The project places special emphasis on assessing the scope for active adaptive management in response to new knowledge such as climate information and insights on human decision-making.

Highlights of the project include:

A strong focus on understanding the dynamics of human behavior and decisions in the context of a real-world complex natural/human system;

A diverse and well-balanced team of investigators and outreach specialists from the United States and Argentina that draws equally from a range of disciplines; and

The active involvement of farmers and operational producers of climate information who ensure the relevance of the research and stakeholders’ ownership of the process.

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