The Joint Research Centre is a Directorate General of the European Commission (DG JRC). The mission of the Joint Research Centre is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies. As a service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national. The AGRI4CASTS Action of the Monitoring Agricultural Resources (MARS) Unit contributes in improving the Community's statistical tool for managing and monitoring the Common Agriculture Policy. AGRI4CASTS has been developing and operationally running a Crop Forecasting System since 1992 in order to provide timely crop production forecasts at European level. This system is able to monitor crop vegetation growth and include the short-term effects of meteorological events on crop productions and to provide yearly forecasts on European crop predictions. On going actions concern the development of tools for agrometeorlogy and biophysical modelling based on the component-oriented paradigm. Agrometeorological data, software applications and reusable components are made available to third parties.
AGRI4CAST will provide and operate validation scenario 2, consisting in developing machine-readable pages for making available biophysical models and domain specific data-types in:
Its role is to provide the domain- specific knowledge for the use case, and to contribute in defining the requirements for some TaToo tools.