Geographia Polonica (1999) vol. 72, iss. 2

Main features of global climate models and the impact of predicted climate changes for agriculture and forestry

Bogumił Jakubiak

Geographia Polonica (1999) vol. 72, iss. 2, pp. 15-26 | Full text


The atmosphere exchanges heat, moisture and momentum with other climate subsystems. All these interactions are modeled to a different degree of the accuracy, depend-ing on the quality and resolution of data used. This paper describes some applications of climate models in agriculture and puts forward the argument, that recent climate models are very close to numerical weather prediction models. The physical parameterization approach implemented first in climate models, is now applied in a useful way to everyday agricultural management.

Keywords: climate models, agriculture, interactions between climate system components

Bogumił Jakubiak, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, Warsaw University Pawińskiego 5a, 02-106 Warsaw, Poland