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Modeling the effects of climate change on crop photosynthesis, growth and development is vital for evaluating the future yields of crops, the risk of weeds and diseases in different cropping systems, and the future environmental threats.
This course aims at giving the Ph.D. student a thorough background in the development, evaluation and use of models of crops and cropping systems in the context of climate change. The course will include a combination of lectures, hands-on model development, and hands-on evaluation and use of existing models. Lectures and exercises will cover all steps in the modeling process: qualitative and quantitative model formulation, parameter estimation, and model validation and analysis. Parts of the modeling process will be exemplified using a simple simulation tool (PowerSim) and parts by using the simulation model DAISY. The practical and theoretical exercises will be conducted in groups. Each practical exercise will result in a short exercise report from each student. These reports will make up the student personal course portfolio.
Volume of the course is 5 ECTS and the target group is PhD students within agronomy, environmental engineering or biology.
Course fee is 850 Euro, and covers accommodation, meals, transport to and from course venue during the course period.