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Workshop on air pollution and agriculture

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Air pollution has an impact on agriculture and agriculture contributes to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. A group of experts in the field of atmospheric chemistry and agricultural meteorology discussed how to better measure theses emissions and impacts during an International Workshop held in Pune, India from 2-4 November 2015.  The workshop specially examined the impacts of atmospheric chemistry which includes air pollution on agricultural production, the impacts of agriculture on the atmospheric composition including greenhouse gases, biomass burning, reactive gases and aerosols.

In the final workshop session, a set of future steps and recommendations were approved.  Thees included the following:
•    The two scientific disciplines expressed a strong interest for extended collaboration.
Specifically, they agreed to publish a WMO brochure on agriculture, air pollution and climate to promote these issues to a wider audience.
•    They also agreed to explore opportunities to develop pilot studies which would make use of existing observation and forecasting systems to develop application for the agricultural users. 
•    A clear need was identified to enhance the observation system especially for trace gases and aerosols in agricultural sensitive areas.

This International Workshop on Atmospheric Chemistry and Agricultural Meteorology was co-organized by the WMO Commission for Atmospheric Science, WMO Commission for
Agricultural Meteorology and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).  There were 30 participants from 11 countries that attended the workshop.

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