The increasing need for impact assessments in the field of agriculture that are partly based on forward-looking outcomes assessments delivered by models has led to more frequent maintenance and development tasks. Maintenance and development are not a trivial issue and require among others a considerable amount of resources in terms of labour, sector knowledge, computing capacity and interaction.
SUPREMA has identified upcoming needs in the research and policy agenda, while exploring the feasibility of those potential modelling exercises by testing the existing tools. This assessment has pointed out certain necessities regarding model extensions and development of new tools. At the same time, it has revealed the potential of model integration and collaboration to supplement the outcomes of individual models.
With regard to the scope of the models considered, the focus was primarily on large scale models that are well suited for EU policy assessment at macro or meso level. In terms of the thematic coverage, the selected topics are based on the outcome of three stakeholder workshops that took place in WP1. The Roadmap also builds on the outcomes of WP2 for which some model improvements were developed; as well as on the results of WP3 for which some scenarios to assess EU agricultural policy were tested and additional discussions with further experts.
Policy Brief 1: The SUPREMA Roadmap - Exploring the future directions for agricultural modelling in the EU Conclusions
Policy Brief 2: The SUPREMA Roadmap - Exploring the future directions for agricultural modelling in the EU Recommendations