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Principles and Applications of Climate Studies in Agriculture

Agrometeorology by Harpal S. Mavi
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  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Agrometeorology: Perspectives and Applications
  • Definition
  • A Holistic Science
  • Scope
  • Practical Utility
  • Chronology of Developments
  • Future Needs
  • Chapter 2. Solar Radiation and Its Role in Plant Growth
  • The Sun: The Source of Energy
  • Nature and Laws of Radiation
  • Earth’s Annual Global Mean Radiative Energy Budget
  • Solar Radiation and Crop Plants
  • Solar Radiation Interception by Plants
  • Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR)
  • Solar Radiation Use Efficiency
  • Chapter 3. Environmental Temperature and Crop Production
  • Soil Temperature
  • Air Temperature
  • Plant Injury Due to Sudden Changes in Temperature
  • Frost: Damage and Control
  • Thermoperiodism
  • Temperature As a Measure of Plant Growth and Development
  • Chapter 4. Climatological Methods for Managing Farm Water Resources
  • Water for Crop Production
  • Making Effective Use of Rainfall
  • Evaporation and Evapotranspiration
  • Water Use and Loss in Irrigation
  • Climatological Information in Improving Water-Use Efficiency (WUE)
  • Reducing Water Losses from Reservoirs
  • Chapter 5. Drought Monitoring and Planning for Mitigation
  • Definition of Drought
  • Meteorological Indicators of Drought
  • Drought Monitoring in Australia
  • Drought Exceptional Circumstances
  • Overview of Drought Assessment Methods
  • Meeting the Challenge: A Drought Mitigation Plan
  • Desertification
  • Chapter 6. Climate, Crop Pests, and Parasites of Animals
  • Role of Weather and Climate
  • Some Important Insect Pests of Crop Plants
  • Climate and Parasites of Animals
  • Helminth Parasites
  • Arthropod Parasites
  • Chapter 7. Remote-Sensing Applications in Agrometeorology
  • Spatial Information and the Environment
  • Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensors and Instruments
  • Image Acquisition
  • Satellite Orbits for Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Remote-Sensing Applications
  • Chapter 8. Role of Computer Models in Managing Agricultural Systems
  • Modeling Biological Response to Weather Conditions
  • Models
  • Applications of Crop Models
  • Simulation Models Relevant to Australian Farming Systems
  • Decision Support Systems (DSS)
  • Chapter 9. Agroclimatological Services
  • Weather and Agriculture
  • Weather and Climate Forecasting
  • Tailoring Climate Information for Agriculture
  • Impacts of Weather on Specific Industries and the Role of Forecast Information
  • Agroclimatological Information Services in Australia
  • Use and Benefits of Climate Forecast Information
  • Toward Optimum Utilization of Climate Information and Forecast Products
  • Chapter 10. Using Climate Information to Improve Agricultural Systems
  • Setting the Platform—Property Planning
  • Sustainable Production—Setting the Enterprise Mix and Production Levels
  • Making Efficient Use of Rainfall
  • Developing Resilience
  • Managing the Extremes—Droughts and Floods
  • The Decision-Making Process—Dealing with Risk and Complexity
  • Providing Climate Technology to Farmers
  • Communicating New Ideas and Practices—Creating Change Through Adult Learning
  • Chapter 11. Climate Change and Its Impact on Agriculture
  • Climate Variability and Climate Change
  • Observed Change in Atmospheric Composition and Climate
  • Observed Impact of Climate Change
  • Future Scenarios of Climate Change
  • Impact of Climate Change on Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Impact of Climate Change on Crops
  • Impact of Climate Change on Livestock
  • References
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index
CRC Press; April 2014
381 pages; ISBN 9781482277999
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Title: Agrometeorology
Author: Harpal S. Mavi; Graeme J. Tupper
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