The Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC) and the Division of Resource Management in the Davis College are hosting a seminar by Jeff Andresen, associate professor of meteorology and climatology at Michigan State University and the State Climatologist for Michigan, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in 2001 Agricultural Sciences.
Andresen’s talk will focus on The Pileus Project, a multi-disciplinary research project investigating the potential impacts climate variability and change on agriculture and tourism in the Great Lakes region.
The agricultural applications of the project are directed primarily at tart cherry production and grain quality, and this presentation will focus specifically on the tart cherry industry. All major aspects of the tart cherry industry and the value chain are located within a relatively small geographic area, which provides for a unique opportunity to link expertise in tart cherry production, economics, and climatology. A key contribution of this project is to identify, in appropriate detail, the information needed in decision making that is influenced by climate and then to work through the implications for the development of decision-support tools.