Agrometeorology is an interdisciplinary holistic science. It cuts across scientific disciplines and bridges physical and biological sciences. It has numerous applications in agricultural resource utilization and management and has progressed rapidly both in content and applications.
Currently, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, much research work has been published in scientific journals on different themes of agrometeor-ology, but few books are yet available in which agrometeorological principles, techniques, and applications have been presented in a systematic manner. The increasing utility of the subject, with an ample availability of literature that lies scattered in journals of various scientific disciplines, demands quality books in which the entire subject matter is dealt with in an appropriate sequence. This book is a step toward that objective—to make available a text and reference book in agrometeorology.
With numerous demonstrations that the science of meteorology has an important role to play in farm industries, agrometeorology has been declared a growth or developing field by international agencies such as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Agrometeorology has emerged as a discipline in university education. In many countries, agricultural universities and government departments of agriculture and natural resources have created separate departments or units of agrometeorology which are doing sound work in agricultural education, research, and extension. Yet very few books are available on the subject that could be assigned as texts and used as reference material. This book is intended to serve a large audience of students, teachers, researchers, and extension workers in the field of agometeorology.
Climatology has an important role to play in developing a sound understanding of the subject matter of many of the applied agricultural sciences, because weather influences their subject matter in various ways. These sciences can improve their respective techniques based on sound interpretation of meteorological knowledge. Students and teachers of the major agricultural sciences of agronomy, horticulture, soil science, animal production, entomology, and plant pathology will find this book useful in their scientific pursuits and field extension work. Students and research workers in the dis ciplines of geography and natural resource studies will find agrometeor-ological methods and techniques useful because their own subject matter overlaps with climate. It will help students of meteorology to better understand the applications of their own subject matter to various activities for agricultural development. Finally, the book will be useful to scientists and planners engaged in regional and land-use planning, soil and water conservation, risk analysis of climate hazards, harvest forecasts, and the ecological and economic implications of climate change.
Agrometeorology: Principles and Applications of Climate Studies inAgriculture is written in a simple and descriptive style. Examples of climate applications in agriculture (methods, techniques, models, and services) are mainly from Australia. Nevertheless, the majority of these applications hold true for other countries, especially those countries with climatic patterns and agricultural systems similar to those of Australia. The book is relevant to global agriculture and is documented with the latest literature from international research journals. A range of topics has been covered that could generate the interest of a large cross section of people. Care has been taken that the material covered is a blend of different views of faculties of physical and biological sciences. It covers material that is taught in several disciplines of scientific education. In addition to use as a text in the discipline of agrometeorology, this book is applicable to several courses taught across other disciplines at the college and university level.
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