AgMIP | Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project


Over the period 2011-2013 the global economics (GlobEcon) team in AgMIP has conducted an extensive model intercomparison. The first phase of the AgMIP global economic research includes 10 models and was designed in part to support the IPCC fifth assessment report (AR5). As a main result, a PNAS paper and a special issue in the journal Agricultural Economics have been produced, containing articles on model performance in assessing the effects of climate change, bioenergy policy, and socioeconomics on agriculture.

A central common element is harmonization on biophysical effects using global gridded crop models (AgGRID) and socioeconomic effects using drivers from the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP) developed as part of the AR5 process. The PNAS paper and the special issue provide broad insights into how the modeling groups approached the interactions of climate, socioeconomics, and bioenergy policy on agricultural outcomes, including land use, prices, consumption, and production.