and natural resource managers need climate information at
the regional and local levels to address short- and
long-term challenges posed by variable and changing climate.
Risks posed by climate variability would include hurricanes,
drought, floods, freezes, heat stress, and wild fires. Risks
posed by climate change, include changes in the frequency
and intensity of extreme events, sea level rise, and
agricultural emissions of greenhouse gases. In addition to
risks, climate change offers new economic opportunities for
agricultural and natural resource managers, such as bio-fuel
production and carbon sequestration.
the complex interplay between agricultural and natural
resource vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities,
solutions will depend on integrated research, teaching, and
extension programs, with decision-makers and other
stakeholders included as partners in these programs. We will
need new educational curricula, new research programs, and
new communications tools to provide information that
decision makers can use to manage risks and benefit from new
To help us
prepare for these challenges, CIMR will address three
To provide a
forum for climate professionals and agricultural and
natural resource managers to share knowledge,
experiences, and ideas.
priorities and plan strategies for future climate
research, education, and outreach that will enable
universities, agencies, and organizations to provide
climate information for decision makers in agriculture
and natural resource management.
explore opportunities and needs for developing climate
information and decision support systems, as well as how
to downscale and apply global climate information at
both regional and local levels.