National Progress Reports in Agrometeorology

The WMO Secretariat prepared and circulated a detailed questionnaire for the preparation of National Reports on Progress Made in Agricultural Meteorology by Members per Recommendation 1 of CAgM-XIV. In accordance with this recommendation, the WMO Secretariat will continue to compile the information in a comprehensive database to make it available to members.

2006-2009

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Cyprus

  1. Part 1 - Organization
    1. 1.1. Number of institutions engaged in Agrometeorology-related work in your country .....4
    2. 1.2. Resources and Facilities (please give number)
      1. 1.2a. Approximate no. of persons in Agricultural Meteorology
        1. NMHS
          1. - Total Number .....2
          2. - Class I-II .....1
          3. - Class III-IV .....1
          4. - Others .....3
          5. - PhD .....N/A
      2. 1.2b. Facilities available to Agricultural Meteorology Division
        1. NMHS
          1. - Mainframe computers .....1
          2. - Personal computers .....1
          3. - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) .....1
          4. - Remote Sensing and Image Analysis .....N/A
    3. 1.3. Training and Education (Training and Education of Agricultural Meteorology personnel since 1999)
      1. NMHS
        1. - No of persons who received advanced degrees (M.Sc, Ph.D) .....N/A
        2. - No of persons who attended long term training courses .....N/A
        3. - No of persons who attended short term seminars, workshops (1-2 weeks) .....3
  2. Part 2 - Agrometeorological Observations
    1. NMHS
      1. Prior to 2006 (num)
        1. - Number of stations in the network of agrometeorological observations .....20
        2. - New instruments added .....3
        3. - Automatic weather stations in use .....15
      2. Current (2009) (num)
        1. - Number of stations in the network of agrometeorological observations .....25
        2. - New instruments added .....5
        3. - Automatic weather stations in use .....30
  3. Part 3 - Agrometeorological Services for Agriculture
    1. 3.1. Service structure (Indicate where agrometeorological services are located in your country)
      1. - Is the agrometeorological service constituted as a separate unit? .....No
      2. - Is the agrometeorological service at headquarters only? .....Yes
      3. - Are there agrometeorological services in different regions? .....No
    2. 3.2. Please list the agrometeorological products and other services for agriculture products provided by your service
      Weather Forecasts for the needs of agriculture

      Estimation of the SPI Drought Index

      Estimation of evapotranspiration for different time scales

      Effect of weather conditions on crop yield

      Definition of less favourable areas base don climate conditions

      Development of Agroecological zone map of Cyprus

      Development of various climate surfaces

      Establishment of intensity duration frequency curves

      Estimation of HDD and CDD

      Weather Bulletins
    3. 3.3. Types and forms of service provided by the agrometeorology unit
      1. - Bulletins .....Yes
      2. - Brochures .....No
      3. - Radio and TV .....Yes
      4. - Press releases .....No
      5. - Workshops and seminars .....Yes
      6. - Interactions with farmers and/or farmer groups .....Yes
    4. 3.4. Agrometeorological Information on the Internet
      1. - Does your service have an Internet web page?
        No
      2. - Specify the agrometeorological products posted on your website
        N/A
    5. 3.5. Collaboration with other organizations (including important achievements)
      1. 3.5a. Please list the names of the governmental ministries/institutions that your service collaborated with during 2002-2005
        Department of Agriculture

        Agricultural Research Institute

        ICARDA

        University of Cyprus
      2. 3.5b. Please list the names of the non-governmental organization (NGOs) that your service collaborated with during 2002-2005
        N/A
    6. 3.6. Media interaction: routinely/in person
      1. - Television .....No
      2. - Radio .....Yes
      3. - Electronic .....Yes
      4. - Newspaper/magazine .....Yes
    7. 3.7. Awareness and training events conducted with
      1. - Cooperatively with other Ministry or Sector .....Yes
      2. - Cooperatively with other University .....Yes
      3. - Cooperatively with NGO .....No
      4. - At regular intervals? .....No
      5. - Do meteorologists/climatologists attend with sector reps.? .....Yes
  4. Part 4 - Agrometeorological Research
    1. Please indicate the agrometeorological research conducted in your service
      1. 4.1. Influence of meteorological factors on the growth, development, yield and quality of agricultural crops .....Yes
      2. 4.2. Development of methods for agrometeorological forecasting and assessment of present condition .....N/A
      3. 4.3. Linkage between agrometeorological models and atmospheric forecast and general circulation models .....N/A
      4. 4.4. Development of applications using seasonal to interannual predictions in agriculture .....N/A
      5. 4.5. Macroclimatic, mesoclimatic and microclimatic research .....N/A
      6. 4.6. Influence of meteorological factors on livestock husbandry .....N/A
      7. 4.7. Influence of meteorological and climatological factors on inland coastal and marine fisheries .....N/A
      8. 4.8. Protection of plants and livestock against adverse weather .....Yes
      9. 4.9. Agrometeorological conditions for the development of crop and livestock pests and diseases .....Yes
      10. 4.10. Research on the impact of agricultural activities that possibly influence weather and climate at local, national, and global levels .....Yes
      11. 4.11. Research on remote-sensing application in agrometeorology .....N/A
      12. 4.12. Research into agrometeorological aspects of drought and desertification .....Yes
      13. 4.13. Research on potential impacts of climate change/variability on national agriculture, rangelands, forestry, and fisheries .....N/A
      14. 4.14. Research on mitigation and adaptation strategies due to impacts of climate change/variability and natural disasters in agriculture .....N/A
      15. 4.15. Research on the impact of natural disasters on agriculture, rangelands, forestry, and fisheries .....N/A
      16. 4.16. Research on fire weather agrometeorology .....N/A
  5. Part 5 - Socio-Economic Benefits
    1. - Please list any case studies demonstrating the socio-economic benefits of your agrometeorological service.
      N/A
  6. Part 6 - Models
    1. - Information on practical crop-yield models, irrigation, disease/pest model, etc. (even if they are in the initial stages of development). Please list the ten most-used models in your service.
      ET0 Calc

      Hydrognomon

      SPI

      Aquacrop

      CROPWAT

      INSTAT
      g Agroclimate Tool (Development in cooperation with ICARDA)
  7. Part 7 - Drought Indicies
    1. - Please list the five most-used drought indices in your service.
      SPI

      RDI
  8. Part 8 - Societies
    1. - Please list any agricultural meteorology societies active in your country.
      N/A
  9. Part 9 - Bibliography
    1. - Please provide a short bibliography of relevant papers/reports published by your service.
      S. Pashiardis, 2009. Development of intensity duration frequency curves. Met Note 15 & 17

      S Pashiardis, 2009. Estimation of HDD and CDD. Met Note 18. (To be published)

      S. Pashiardis, 2008-2009. Monitoring Less Favourable Areas based on climate records. Report to the ministry

      T. Endreny, S. Pashiardis, 2007. The error and bias of supplementing a short, arid climate, rainfall record with regional vs. global frequency analysis. Journal of Hydrology 334, 174-182.

      S. Michelides, S. Pashiardis, 2008. Monitoring Drought in Cyprus during the 2007-2008 Hydrometeorological Year by using the Standardized Precipitation Index. European Water 23/24, 123-131.

      S. Pashiardis, S. Michaelides, 2008. Implementing of the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) and the Reconnaissance Drought Index (RDI) for regional drought assessment: A case study for Cyprus. European Water 23/24, 57-65.
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