Land & Water

Land Resources Planning Toolbox

This category of tools gives prominence to biophysical attributes (climate, soil, terrain, water, etc.) and their interactions in the land evaluation process. The output, in most cases, guides the users to suitable options for land use alternatives, based mainly on biophysical attributes. Land suitability and similarity analysis are typical examples. Documents describing principles, approaches and guidelines for land evaluation are included, as well as different tools for classifying soils based on the suitability for a specific use, capability or potential, fertility constraints and management and linkages to yield, productivity, physical and chemical properties. Sophisticated or simplified modelling of crop growth and yield predictions, also fall into this category.

The tools in this category use as inputs information on both biophysical characteristics  and social and economic conditions and generally incorporate principles, approaches and methods of participatory land use planning, with the overall objective of reaching mutually beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.

The tools in this category give prominence to the characterization of social and economic settings required for land use planning and includes approaches and methods of participatory decision-making. Biophysical conditions may be considered in these tools, but not in depth.

This category includes databases that can facilitate land evaluation and land use planning by providing information that may serve as inputs for the process. These databases provide maps and data on soil and terrain characteristics, land degradation, land cover, land use, climatic data including future projections, crops and yields, food, agriculture, water resources, adaptability/suitability of identified plant species for a given environment, and socio-economic data and statistics on poverty, population, tenure and gender.

This category of tools do not produce results that have direct use for land evaluation and land use planning, but has a supporting role by providing various types of data  that can be used in land evaluation studies and as input data sets for land use planning.

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CCAFS-Climate is the data portal for downscaled global and regional climatic data of the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program of the CGIAR. It provides global and regional future high-resolution climate datasets based on Global Circulation Model (GCM) projections under defined greenhouse gas emission scenarios. The...
Type: Data,Maps/GIS
Scale: Global, Regional, National, Sub-national/Province/District, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Climate
User Category: Technical specialist, Modeller
The Crop Monitoring Box (CM_Box) offers full documentation to the AgroMetShell software suite as well as a manual on the various aspects of relevance to crop forecasting. It contains introductory sections on crop yield forecasting, crop modelling, establishing a crop monitoring network, collecting weather and crop data and calculating...
Type: Documentation/Manuals
Scale: National, Sub-national/Province/District
Thematic areas: Climate, Crops - productivity
User Category: Technical specialist, Modeller
AquaCrop is a crop growth model developed by the Land and Water Division of FAO to assess the effect of environment and management on crop production. AquaCrop simulates yield response to water of herbaceous crops, and is particularly suited to address conditions where water is a key limiting factor in...
Type: Model
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site
Thematic areas: Water - productivity
User Category: Technical specialist, Modeller
AgroMetShell is a software toolbox for assessing the impact of climatic conditions on crops, analyzing climate risks and performing regional crop forecasting using statistical and crop modeling approaches. It allows an integrated analysis of ground data and low resolution satellite information under a common interface. The program includes a database...
Type: Software
Scale: National, Sub-national/Province/District
Thematic areas: Climate
User Category: Technical specialist, Modeller
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