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AgroMetShell
Description AgroMetShell is an integrated toolbox of several software packages which helps professionals in National Agrometeorological Services, agronomic research and food security units etc. to assess the impact of climatic conditions on crops, to analyze climate risks and to perform regional crop forecasting using statistical and crop modelling approaches. It allows an integrated analysis of ground data and low resolution satellite information under a common interface.
Appropriate Use Applicable to the assessment of current and future climatic impacts on crops, derivation of management options for the growing season possible.
Scope All locations; agricultural sector.
Key Output Crop-specific soil water balance, agronomic/agrometeorological indicators to assess crop conditions, e.g. crop water consumption (potential evapotranspiration), rainfall probabilities, growing season characteristics.
Key Input Climate, crop and soils data sets.
Ease of Use Relatively easy to use for qualified experts with appropriate background.
Training Required Yes
Training Available Included in CM Box training modules offered by FAO.
Computer Requirements PC Windows 98 and above.
Documentation http://www.fao.org/nr/climpag/aw_6_en.asp and http://www.hoefsloot.com/agrometshell.htm
Applications National Early Warning Systems for Food Security. National Agrometeorological Services. See also: http://www.hoefsloot.com/agrometshell.htm.
Contacts for Framework, Documentation, Technical Assistance Michele Bernardi

Environment, Climate Change and Bioenergy Division (NRC), FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy;
e-mail: michele.bernardi@fao.org.
Cost No cost to obtain software and documentation.
References http://www.hoefsloot.com/agrometshell.htm and http://www.fao.org/nr/climpag/aw_6_en.asp