The model of agroclimate for Poland. Part 1 - mean values (the Internet version) - Description


Agroclimate Model is one of the modules of the Integrated Spatial Information System for Agricultural Production (ISISAP) in Poland, built at IUNG. Geo-informatics' basis of the Agroclimate Model as well as the algorithms for calculation of climatic parameters were created at IUNG within a statutory research project titled "Development of a Computerized Agroclimate Atlas of Poland" that had been realized from 1995 to 1998.
The Agroclimate Model gives information on important - from the point of agriculture - weather phenomena and can be used in planning the development of agricultural production. Essential building blocks of the Model are algorithms for calculating climatic parameters (e.g. temperature of the air) in points of known geographic location. The algorithms make possible the determination of statistical distribution of the most important climatic parameters in any given place in Poland and in any given period - parameters such as temperature, precipitation, relative humidity, sunshine duration, evapotranspiration, agricultural periods, climate valuation with regard to various crops, conditions of cultivation of thermophilous plants and yield variability.
The algorithms link the yearly cycle of meteorological elements (determined with the aid of harmonic analysis) with their spatial image (as a function of geographic co-ordinates). They make possible to present fully mean values of climate parameters (along with their variability) in four-dimensional space, one dimension of which being time. Integration of the algorithms with a spatial database (digital model of terrain - DTM) made possible to create a mathematical model of agroclimate. With the aid of the Model not only point information may be accessed easily, but also numerical map creation of agroclimate parameters in arbitrary time cross-sections can be automated to a great extent. Moreover, the resultant impact of selected weather factors can be assessed.
The Internet version of the Agroclimate Model for point data currently has such modules as: mean values, probability of precipitation, potato yield loss as influenced by precipitation deficiency and climatic index of hop yield.
It is quite easy to operate the Model. The user, after a point has been selected from the map of Poland, can change its height above sea level and input the period (selection from the calendar displayed upon pressing the icon Icon of the calendar), for which the calculation is to be conducted. After the button Calculate values has been pressed, calculation procedures placed on the server will be started and the results sent to the user's browser.
It is quite easy to add other information such as soil or economic one to climatic information of the Model. This provides an array of possibilities, for instance regions most suitable for crop cultivation can be easily determined (e.g. vis. DSS for hop replanting).

Authors of the Agroclimate Model

Algorithms for climate parameters calculation:In conducting of this elaboration were engaged, to a different degree, the following researchers: Geo-informatics' basis, application development

Some references related to the Agroclimate Model

  1. Górski T., Górska K. 1998. O rozkładzie statystycznym usłonecznienia. Mat. 28 Sem. Zastosowań Matematyki, AR Wrocław-Kobyla Góra, 1998: 22-27.
  2. Górski T., Górska K. 1998. An algorithm for evaluating the annual cycle of sunshine duration in Poland. Proc. 2-nd ISES-Europe Solar Congress, Portoroz, 1998, I.1.4:1-6.
  3. Górski T., Górska K. 1998. An algorithm for evaluating the temperature sums in Poland. Proc. 2-nd European Congress on Applied Climatology ECAC98, 19-23 Oct. 1998. CD ROM, ZAMG, Wien, 1998.
  4. Górski T., Zaliwski A. 2002. A Model of Poland's Agroclimate. Pamiętnik Puławski, zeszyt 130/I:2002:251-260, IUNG, Puławy.(in Polish)
  5. Hołaj J., Zaliwski A. 1999. Application of GIS for analysis of the investment in hop replanting. Spatial Information Management in the New Millennium. Technical Faculty of the Silesian University, SILGIS Centre Society. International Conference, Cracow, Poland, 15-17 Oct. 1999. Conference proceedings, pp. 205-210. (in Polish) PDF.
  6. Zaliwski A., Górski T. 1998. Numerical Maps of Temperature Sums in Poland. 2nd European Conference on Applied Climatology ECAC98, Vienna, Austria, 19-23 Oct. 1998. CD ROM, ZAMG, Wien, 1998.
  7. Zaliwski A., Górski T. 1999. Employment of spatial model of agroclimate for determination of profitability of maize produced for grain. Technical Faculty of the Silesian University, SILGIS Centre Society. International Conference, Cracow, Poland, 15-17 Oct. 1999. Conf. proc., pp. 198-204. (in Polish). PDF.
  8. Zaliwski A., Górski T. 1999. Numerical Maps of Expected Income from Maize Production in Poland. Conference "GIS and its Applications in the Rural Field", University of Santiago de Compostela, Escola Politécnica Superior, Lugo, Spain, July 1-2, 1999. Conf. Proc. Electronic Document PDF.
  9. Zaliwski A., Górski T., Lipski S., Winiarski R., Wróblewska E. 1999. Numerical Maps of Profit Probability for Maize Production in Poland. EFITA/99 conference: Perspectives of Modern Information and Communication Systems in Agriculture, Food Production and Environmental Control. 27-30 Sept. 1999. University of Bonn, Department of Agricultural Economics. Bonn, Germany. Conference proceedings, vol. A pp. 217-224.
  10. Zaliwski A. 2000. Analysis of conditions for selecting a hop garden site with the aid of GIS. Inżynieria Rolnicza. Rok IV, 3(14), pp. 167-173, Warszawa 2000. (in Polish)
  11. Zaliwski A. et al. 2000. Final report from the completion of the PBZ 17-08 commissioned research project. IUNG, Puławy, 2000.
  12. Zaliwski A., Górski T. 2000. The Model of Agroclimate of Poland as the ISISAP (Integrated Spatial Information System for Agricultural Production in Poland) Module. X konferencja naukowo-techniczna. Polskie Towarzystwo Informacji Przestrzennej. Zegrze k. Warszawy, 12-14 Jun 2000. Conf. proc. pp. 240-245. (in Polish) Electronic Document PDF.
  13. Zaliwski A.S., Górski T. 2001. Determination of Cost-Effectiveness of Irrigation of the Potato in Poland with the Aid of GIS. In: Jérôme Steffe (ed.): EFITA 2001: Third European Conference of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and Environment, Montpellier (France), 18-20 July 2001. Conference proceedings, vol.1, pp. 181-186. Agro Montpellier, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier.
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