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MACSUR Science Conference 2015

The MACSUR Science conference will take place on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April 2015 in Reading UK, and will be followed on Friday 10th April with a workshop on cross cutting activities (aimed at those who will be involved in planning MACSUR 2).

Please see the DRAFT programme for further details. This will be updated as further details are confirmed.
Abstract submission and Registration are open. Early-bird fees end 31 January!


TradeM International Workshop:
Economics of integrated assessment approaches for agriculture and the food sector
25-27 November 2014, Hurdal, Norway
Presentations now online in FACCE MACSUR Reports 4

MACSUR Overview

The Knowledge Hub FACCE MACSUR brings together the excellence of research in modelling grasslands, livestock, crops, farms, and agricultural trade in order to illustrate to political decision makers how climate will affect regional farming systems and food production in Europe. To achieve this goal, MACSUR engages in a range of activities, including methodological comparisons of models and use of their outputs (scaling, uncertainty), linking of complementary models from different sectors, involvement of stakeholders, training of young scientists, and establishing a community of practice across a broad range of scientific disciplines. The three-year project started in June 2012. 

FACCE MACSUR is organized as a Knowledge Hub, a new financial and organizational instrument. The novelty of MACSUR lies in the in-kind contributions of 7 million euros which, in addition to the 7 million euros of new money, contribute to facilitating the convergence of already funded and ongoing research, as well as funding new research. The project includes more than 70 institutions from 18 countries. Activities are funded by national agencies, with the amount of funds and the regulation of their use governed at the national level.


Reports on activities are published in the FACCE MACSUR Reports series

Regional case studies

The purpose of regional case studies is a simultaneous and interlinked development of a common conceptual framework and actual models and model links to assist policy makers and actors in the agri-food chain in identifying effective and efficient adaptation and mitigation measures and potential consequence scenarios, e.g. impact on food yield, quality, nutritive value, disease load etc. in perceived hotspots of climate impacts. The studies are geared to ansower the question "what would be the different contributions of different European adaptation strategies to global food security until 2050 at different scales (farm to EU) while keeping the GHG targets?"


Map showing the location of regional pilot studiesThree case studies in Northern Savo (Finland), Mostviertel (Austria), and Oristano (Sardinia, Italy) have been selected as showcase pilot studies to represent the farming systems in northern, central and southern Europe. The case studies expand existing case studies. For compatibility with international research networks AgMIP and ISIMIP the Regional Pilot Studies will apply the new Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (especially SSP2 "continuation" but also SSP3 "fragmentation") in conjunction with the Representative CO2 Concentration Pathway of 8.5 W/m2 (most similar to the SRES A2 emission scenario of the IPCC reports).

More details: 

icon-weblink FACCE MACSUR integrated Regional Pilot Studies, Workshop results

icon-weblink Descriptions of regional case studies

Further Information

 icon-weblink General information on the FACCE MACSUR Knowledge Hub.

 icon-weblink The MACSUR Mid-term meeting, April 2014