James Jones

University: University of Florida

Department/Title: Agricultural and Biological Engineering/Distinguished Professor, Director of Florida Climate Institute

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Current University Expertise:

Modeling dynamic crop, soil, climate, and management interactions; climate variability and climate change impacts on agricultural systems; research on climate change adaptation and mitigation management of soils and crops; decision support systems for climate risk management in agriculture and water resources; integration of crop and other models from molecular to field and broader scales; providing leadership in communities of agricultural systems modeling. Lead Developer of the Florida Climate Institute, a joint institute of the University of Florida and Florida State University for interdisciplinary research and education on societal responses to climate change. Co-developer /co-leader of the Southeast Climate Consortium, a NOAA Regional Integrated Science Assessment (RISA) Center of six universities in three SE states. This Center conducts research on climate change/variability for use in adaptive management of agriculture and natural resources and develops web-based decision support systems and outreach programs for engaging stakeholders. Developed dynamic models for important food crops that are now used worldwide for research on impacts of and adaptation to climate change and climate variability. Founding developer of an international consortium (www.ICASA.net) that developed data and interface protocols for integrating models of soil, climate, crops, and management for use in research on management of cropping systems and assessment of climate effects on production of crops. Organizer and teacher in many courses worldwide on concepts and applications of agricultural systems models for assessment of climate and management responses during the last twenty years.

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