Dissemination and capacity building
FAO-MOSAICC is designed to be distributed to national institutions (meteorological services, agriculture departments, universities etc.) having the capacity to host the server, to maintain the system and to coordinate country-wide climate change impact studies in agriculture. The different model should be run by researchers with the relevant expertise, possibly from institutions other than the host institution.
Requirements for system installation
The Climate Impact Team provides the server on which the system will be installed. The host institution should have some experts with sufficient background in climate and/or agriculture sciences as well as good computer skills.
About the data requirements, please consult the models' pages. Although the models are robust and able to work with minimal data, it is essential to have good quality time series of weather observations, over a sufficiently long period of time (20-30 years at least) and for a significant number of stations (the more the better).
When the system is set up in a host institution, the experts are trained to use the models. The following trainings are provided:
- Statistical downscaling for climate data
- Hydrological modelling with STREAM
- Crop modelling with AgroMetShell and AQUACROP and derivation of yield projections
- Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium model
- Server and system maintenance
An additional training in statistics with R can be also organized.
Impact assessment studies
In addition to the training sessions, the FAO Climate Impact Team and the partners involved in the development of MOSAICC provide support for the utilization of the models when climate change impact studies on agriculture are undertaken.
Different sources of funding exist for this kind of project, this aspect needs to be discussed on a case by case basis.