The Field Integration Network is a network of the Integrative Research Group of the Global Research Alliance.
Integrating knowledge and developing tools at field scale across agricultural systems involves data and model integration and the development of robust assessment tools for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. The Field Integration Network combines reference field sites providing state-of-the-art data on GHG emissions and removals for arable crops and pastures and a large ensemble of simulation models. Through the joint effort of 50 scientific teams from all populated continents, these models are developed, benchmarked and compared.
The results of this model inter-comparison activity provide:
- Generic tools with known uncertainties that can be applied across crops and pastures to assess yields and GHGs and removals at field scale
- An assessment of the sensitivity of crop and pasture yields and GHG emissions to climate change
- An assessment of the abatement potential of mitigation options for crops and pastures.
The Network has a number of collaborative partners and projects underway with international organisations including:
- The Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP).
- International projects funded by a multi-partner call on agricultural GHG – FACCE-JPI, Canada, New Zealand and USA
- Carbon and Nitrogen Models Inter-comparison Project (CNMIP – coordinated by INRA, France, with 10 other partners: contact Sylvie Recous)
- Models4Pastures (coordinated by AgResearch Limited New Zealand, with 5 other partners)
- COMET-Global (coordinated by the Colorado State University, USA, with 6 partners)
- MAGGnet (coordinated by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, USA, with 6 other partners)
- Modeling European agriculture with climate change for food security, FACCE-JPI MACSUR.