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Models in Agricultural and Natural Systems (AGRO 597)

This course introduces students to the construction and use of simulation models of agricultural and natural systems

We describe and model the atmospheric, soil, plant, and biogeochemical processes that are the building blocks of comprehensive landscape and watershed models. These models are powerful tools increasingly used to assess the impact of human and natural forcings on the food supply and the environment.

The course is fitting for students in ecology, agroecology, and agricultural and environmental engineering. We cover basic elements of programming required to advance in the course. To gain proficiency in model applications, students develop projects exploring in silico the impact of climate variability or human interventions on crop performance, water use, the coupled carbon and nitrogen cycling, and more. We also discuss national and international projects in which models guide tactical and strategic decision making in the public and private sectors.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in taking this course.