Climate Information for Managing Risks: Partnerships and Solutions for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Pre-Symposium Workshop May 23-24, 2011

Open Source AgroClimate-based Systems for
Climate Risk Management

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Pre-Symposium Workshop
May 23 & May 24, 2011
Open Source AgroClimate-based Systems
for Climate Risk Management


As the agricultural industry faces challenges posed by increased climate variability and projected climate change, producers, research institutes, national and state agencies, and private industries are looking for ways to use climate information and forecasts as part of their strategy to reduce production risks and increase profitability. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the AgroClimate information system developed by the Southeast Climate Consortium and teach participants how to develop and implement an AgroClimate-based information system for other regions. It will cover the basic steps required for implementing a successful system including the use of participatory approach to engage end users in the development process and how to become a user or developer in the recently established Open Source AgroClimate project.


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The main objective of this workshop is to introduce participants to all aspects of developing and implementing an AgroClimate-based risk management system. Participants will learn the methodology used to develop AgroClimate, the challenges and successes, and how to transfer or develop new AgroClimate decision support tools to regions of interest to workshop participants with minimum cost and increased chances of success. Participants will be provided with a users guide to decision support tools available in AgroClimate and step-by-step instructions for downloading and installing the tools available in the Open Source project. In addition participants will practice with hands-on exercises and have the opportunity to interact with system developers and users.


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Who Should Participate

Extension specialists, risk management experts in state and national agencies and private industries, crop consultants, researchers, and anyone interested in applying climate information and forecast to manage production risks in agriculture.


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Open Source AgroClimate-based Systems
for Climate Risk Management
Located in the Caribe Royal Conference Center, Meeting Room Boca 1

Monday, May 23, 2011


Morning refreshments

8:30am-  9:00am

Introduction of Participants and Speakers, Workshop Objectives

9:00am- 10:00am

Reducing Risks in Agriculture: Adapting to Seasonal Climate Variability Clyde Fraisse

10:00am-  10:15am

Beverage Break

10:15am- 11:00am

Introduction to AgroClimate and Tools (hands-on exercise, laptop required) Clyde Fraisse

11:00am- 11:30am

What is new? AgroClimate Mobile for Smart Phones, Copper Application Scheduler for Citrus Growers, Peanut Leaf Spot Advisory Tool UF and UGA AgroClimate team

11:30am- 12:00pm

How to Get Started? The Importance of Using Participatory Approach to Engage End-users Norman Breuer

12:00pm-  1:00pm

Lunch provided in Boca II

1:00pm-  3:00pm

Going Open Source: Discussing the purpose behind Open AgroClimate, focusing on community involvement, distribution and improvement of code. Also will be showing other Open Source tools that can be used in
conjunction with Open AgroClimate (laptop required) Christopher Villalobos, Oxana Uryasev

3:00pm- 3:15pm

Beverage Break

3:15pm- 3:45pm

Data Requirements: What Do I Need for Implementing a System? Climate, Crop Yield, Data Requirements for Different Tools including Crop Models Clyde Fraisse, Oxana Uryasev, Howard Hu

3:45pm- 5:00pm

How to get started with Open AgroClimate: Introducing Content Management Systems and how Open AgroClimate integrates into the WordPress CMS. During this course you will be deploying your own AgroClimate system with freely available tools and sample data provided by The Open AgroClimate Project (laptop required) Brent Ferraro, Christopher Villalobos

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Morning Refreshments

8:00am- 10:00am

Becoming a Developer: This session shows how to setup an Open AgroClimate development environment, and becoming a participant in the development community. Covers the different technologies being used by Open AgroClimate and why those were chosen Christopher Villalobos, Brent Ferraro

10:00am- 10:15am

Beverage Break

10:15am- 11:15am

Roundtable session: Expanding the Open AgroClimate Community, Ideas for Collaboration among participants, potential for funding opportunities, Upgrade/Development of New Tools

11:15am- 12:00pm

Closing Comments, Workshop Evaluation and Feedback


Workshop Concludes


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Workshop Requirements

This is a hands-on workshop and attendees will need to bring their own laptop. Laptops should be equipped with the following:

  • Power Cord, and if applicable, Adaptor for US electrical Outlets

  • Wi Fi Capability

  • Internet Browser

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Workshop Registration Information

Enrollment in this workshop is limited to the first 30 participants, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the specialized nature of this workshop advance registration is required, and we encourage you to register early to secure a seat. After the cancellation deadline, registration fees will not be refunded.

Workshop Registration Category Registration Fee Registration Deadline
Early Bird Discounted Registration $285 By March 28, 2011
Regular Registration $375 By April 25, 2011
(based on availability)

Fee payments must accompany all registrations by the deadline

What Does the Registration Fee Include?
The workshop registration fee provides each attendee full participation in the workshop, workshop materials, and professional workshop instruction. The workshop fees also provides for morning refreshments, beverage breaks and lunch on Monday.


Requirements: Participants are to bring their Laptop. Please refer to workshop requirements for information about laptop specifics

Refund Policy: All refund requests must be received in writing by April 25, 2011. No refunds will be issued after this date. A processing fee of $35.00 will be deducted from all refunds.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 21 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by FAX at 1-352-392-4044, by email at or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.

Register for the workshop when you register for the CIMR Symposium.


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Contact Information

Program Information

Clyde W Fraisse

Workshop Chair

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

University of Florida, IFAS
Department of Agricultural
    & Biological Engineering

PO Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

TEL: (352) 392-1864 ext. 271


General Information

Mandy Stage
Workshop Coordinator
University of Florida, IFAS
Office of Conferences
    & Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
TEL: 352-392-5930


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