×F3. Models for exploring transitions towards resilient, sustainable farming practices

Growing food demand driven by increased population and urbanization, limitations of land and water resources, and extreme weather and climate events are some of the key challenges facing today's agriculture sector. Climate change itself is one of the major sources of risks to farmers, to consumers, and to the financial and policy institutions. In a shift from highly mechanized and chemical-oriented farming practice to more sustainable agricultural production various innovative farming systems have been developed. These practices involve agronomic and technical changes as well as social and structural ones.

From controlling erosion to building organic matter, suppressing weeds to supporting soil microbes, controlling the applications of chemicals to protecting biodiversity are examples of effective practices for building soil health and increasing the farm resiliency. This session provides a forum for the dissemination of biology, ecology and agriculture simulation models that facilitate the transition towards more sustainable farming systems. Submissions addressing the scientific challenges related to what methods can be used for modelling these systems, how existing models can be reused and/or coupled, what model interfaces are most promising for these types of analyses are especially welcomed. Moreover, research about techniques for dealing with data, data repositories, spatial, temporal data and granularity, resolution, and uncertainties are also relevant to this session and are acceptable.

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Key topics: Agricultural, Biological, Sustainable transition, Climate impact