The Summer School it's organized by UniNuoro, the Department of Agricultural Science, the Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning and the Research Desertification Center (University of Sassari).
Climate change is threatening agricultural productivity worldwide while world food demand is steadily increasing. Such global challenge is framed by UN sustainable development goals and calls for integrated approaches and quantitative tools for the risk assessment and the identification of viable options.
The summer school on “Modelling sustainable farming systems under climate change” is designed to enhance the capacities of students to design resilient and sustainable cropping systems through different modelling approaches at field and landscape scale. A central focus of the school is on the application of modelling tools such as EPIC, APEX and DSSAT to case studies on climate change risk assessment, and sustainable intensification through precision agriculture. A special focus will be given to the management of long term soil fertility, hydrology, greenhouse gas emission mitigation and adaptive responses to climatic pressures, relying on specific case studies, to improve the participants' ability to critically understand the complex interactions between biophysical and social processes that characterize sustainable development in a context of climate change.