News & Updates
As part of the Southeast Climate Extension project whose goal is to advance climate extension in agriculture, we have developed a new website which should serve as a clearinghouse for information on climate and weather in Georgia. The website is: www.GaClimate.org.
The website provides the following information:
- A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
- A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
- Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
- A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
- State maps of 14 environmental parameters including soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, etc. from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN). The maps are created by Dr. Ian Flitcroft’s group with data collected from GAEMN weather stations. The maps can be copied for use in presentations, etc. by right-clicking on the map. The maps are:
- 12 maps showing current conditions
- 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
- Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
- Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
- El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.
The website is fully accessible from all internet-capable devices including smartphones. When accessing the website with your smartphone for the first time, it will give you the option of creating an app icon on your phone’s desktop so that you can easily access the site (scroll all the way to the bottom for this option).
Please visit the website, use it frequently, and let us know what else we can add to make it more functional and useful to you in your daily work. And of course, if you have questions about any of the material on the website, please do not hesitate to ask. Please distribute this message to your stakeholders.
The Southeast Climate Extension project is led by Dr. Clyde Fraisse at the University of Florida and is funded by a grant from USDA-NIFA. You can find more information about the project at http://www.agroclimate.org/seclimate.
–Dr. George Vellidis
Crop and Soil Sciences Department
University of Georgia
2360 Rainwater Road
Tifton, GA 31793-5766
An article in Nature Climate Change (Rising temperatures reduce global wheat production), published on 22 December, 2014, has been receiving a lot of media attention. SECC PI, Senthold Asseng, was the lead author, and authors included other SECC collaborators as well. See below for a list of articles about this study:
1. Bloomberg Businessweek, January 14, 2015: http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201501141437KRTRIB__BUSNEWS_39818_26967-1
2. FarmFutures, January 20 , 2015: http://farmfutures.com/story-wheat-yields-decrease-temperature-increases-0-122958
3. Helenic Shipping News, January 19, 2015: http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/temperature-rise-affecting-global-wheat-yield/
4. FoodProcessing.com.au, January 16, 2015: http://www.foodprocessing.com.au/news/71725-Wheat-yields-to-drop-as-global-temperatures-rise
5. AG-Professionals, Finland, January 13, 2015: http://www.agprofessional.com/news/global-warming-reduces-wheat-production-markedly-if-no-adaptation
6. Drovers CattleNetwork, Monday 19, 2015: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/news/industry/wheat-yield-decline-temperatures-increase
7. Summit Country Voice, January 17, 2015 : http://summitcountyvoice.com/2015/01/17/climate-study-says-wheat-yields-to-drop-6-percent-for-every-degree-of-global-warming/
8. Big News Network (IANS)Thursday 15th January, 2015: http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/229413147
9. Florida Alligator, Tuesday, January 20, 2015: http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_23d6d9be-a069-11e4-9f88-433af54f16e2.html
10. Orlando Sentinel, January 14, 2015: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/os-uf-study-wheat-climate-20150114-story.html
11. TakePart, January 14, 2015: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/01/14/warming-world-could-end-your-sandwich-habit
12. Growing Alabama, 16 January 2015: http://growingalabama.com/news/2015/01/u-florida-study-shows-wheat-production-declines-temperature-increases-national/
13. Phys.org, 16 January 2015: http://phys.org/wire-news/182802010/wheat-yield-to-decline-as-temperatures-increase.html
20. GlobalWarming.org, December 27, 2014: http://www.globalwarming.org/2014/12/27/will-global-warming-reduce-wheat-production/
21. Agrodigital.com, Spain, December 23, 2014: http://www.agrodigital.com/PlArtStd.asp?CodArt=99914
22. JuraForum, Germany, December 22, 2014: http://www.juraforum.de/wissenschaft/klimawandel-sorgt-fuer-ertragseinbussen-bei-weizen-502586