Modelling livestock and grassland systems under climate change

Richard P Kipling, Eli Saetnan, Nigel Scollan, Dave Bartley, Gianni Bellocchi, Nicholas J Hutchings, Tommy Dalgaard, Agnes Van den Pol-van Dasselaar

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The livestock and grassland theme (LiveM) of the MACSUR (Modelling Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security) ( knowledge hub brings together partners from across Europe to develop a pan-European modelling capability in the area of livestock systems modelling of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Through the project, inventories of grassland, animal and farm-scale models, as well as datasets related to grasslands and livestock have been compiled. Model inter-comparisons have taken place for grassland models, and a model evaluation protocol is being developed. Farm-scale modellers are undertaking a model inter-comparison exercise, and the theme has formed links to related projects in order to bring together a more coherent livestock systems modelling community. The need for better knowledge exchange within the livestock research community has been highlighted within the project, and is a focus for further action. The knowledge hub concept creates an arena for collaboration between research groups, disciplines and projects essential for tackling complex global issues such as the impact of climate change on agriculture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEGF at 50: The future of European grasslands. Proceedings of the 25th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, Aberystwyth, Wales, 7-11 September 2014
EditorsA Hopkins, R P Collins, M Fraser, V R King, D C Lloyd, J Moorby, P R H Robson
PublisherPrifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)978-0-9926930-1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • climate change
  • grasslands
  • integration
  • livestock systems
  • models


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