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DSSAT 2019 @ Pakistan

Hands-on Training workshop with titled  “Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies for Wheat and Groundnut Production Using Decision Support System” was organized by Department of Agronomy, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan on 4th to 5th September 2019.

The goal of the training workshop is to develop capacity building of scientists, researchers and post-graduate students in climate change impact assessment and adaptation strategies for wheat and groundnut production using DSSAT model. 

Resource Persons:

  • Prof. Dr. Syed Aftab Wajid, Department of agronomy, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, Centre for Climate Research and Development, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan


There were 50 participants from different institutes/provinces of Pakistan. The participants were Agronomists, Agricultural Researchers, Soil Scientists, Agro-meteorologists, Nutrient Management Specialists, Resource Management Specialists, Agricultural Extension Agents, Policy Makers and Economists. 


  • History and Overview of DSSAT: Example applications
  • Installation of DSSAT Version 4.7 Software: Overview of DSSAT
  • Minimum Data Set Concept
  • Creation of  FileX, A, T, Weather and soil by given data 
  • Introduction to Sensitivity Analysis Tool & Exercises: Sensitivity Analysis Tool
  • Simulating Basic Growth Processes
  • Concept of Genetic Coefficients
  • Tools for Estimating Cultivar Coefficients & Exercise on Cultivar Coefficient Calibration 
    using the GLUE Tool
  • Exercises: Calibration and Evaluation of DSSAT Models using In-season Growth Analysis Data
  • Concept of General Circulation Models (GCMs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) 
  • Seasonal Analysis : Protocol for Climate change impact assessment using the given data of GCMs and through environmental modifications
  • Exercises: Simulating Crop Rotations in Long-term Experiments
  • Exercise: Development of Adaptations for mitigating the negative impacts of Climate change using DSSAT

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